Either way the UK’s second one-day Festival of Happiness could be just the event for you.
Dr Andy Cope and comedian Shonette Bason Wood are running a second festival in Birmingham on the back of 2018’s inaugural success in Manchester.
The festival is described as for anyone wanting to be happier or who is already happy and wants to spread the message of positivity further. It promises lots of fun and science as well as an opportunity to learn and apply some simple ‘happiness’ principles in your own life.
Bason Wood is a self-help comedian and in the world of education has created several programmes and written many books for the primary age range, based upon children’s happiness and wellbeing.
She said: “Meeting as many people as I can and helping them change their way of thinking and feel positive about life is a huge passion of mine.
“Try and not be a lemon sucker – people who are unhappy all the time. They have a huge impact on everyone around them, but this can be changed. They can cough their lemons up!”
The line-up also includes Paul McGee, whose provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became a Sunday Times best seller. He’ll be joined by innovator, educator and author Richard Gerver and Dr Cope, an in-demand speaker on positive psychology, well-being and human flourishing.
The event is not-for-profit, raising funds for Spreading the Happiness charity which feeds families in poverty in the school holidays and provides food hampers to homeless shelters.
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Details of the event are here.