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Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness promotes mental health and wellbeing by providing information, evidence-based resources, public events, educational services, training, and community activities.

What does Action for Happiness do?

The mission of Action for Happiness is to promote a happier world, through a culture that prioritises happiness and kindness.

Action for Happiness reports that its work is underpinned by the evidence-based 'Ten Keys to Happier Living' framework, backed by hundreds of research studies. It provides daily actions people can take through its popular app and monthly calendars, which have been used by millions of people. It coordinates online groups where members meet to talk about happiness and commit to action. The Action for Happiness course has been run in over 250 locations and attended by thousands. Action for Happiness also hosts regular live talks with leading thinkers on happiness, wellbeing, and mental health, which have had over 250,000 attendees. It also provides resources for schools and training for workplaces.

Action for Happiness has built a strong community of 360,000 members and a robust evidence base demonstrating that its interventions bring significant benefits for community wellbeing. An independent randomised controlled trial of the Action for Happiness course was carried out by academics from Oxford University, LSE, and Imperial College and published in a high-profile peer-reviewed journal. The evaluation found that the course enhanced overall wellbeing, reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression, and increased pro-social behaviours (compassion and social trust).

Action for Happiness was founded in 2010 by Richard Layard, Anthony Seldon, Geoff Mulgan, and Mark Williamson. It is based in London, UK.

Why do we list Action for Happiness on our platform?

Action for Happiness meets our criteria to be listed on our platform based on the recommendation of one of our trusted evaluators, Founders Pledge. This recommendation was informed by Founders Pledge’s evaluation of Action for Happiness.

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