Action for Happiness

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Action for Happiness (AfH) is a charity in the United Kingdom[1]. It aims to increase the happiness in the world by bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life and helping them take practical action, drawing on the latest scientific research.[2]


AfH was originally created and launched within The Young Foundation.[2]

Activities and products[edit]

AfH activities include running 8-week 'Exploring What Matters' courses, which have been 'wholeheartedly supported' by the Dalai Lama."[3]

AfH produces monthly calendars of actions that people can take that may improve their happiness.[4]

Board and expert advisors[edit]

The AfH board includes Richard Layard, and the AfH expert advisory group includes Daniel Kahneman and Martin Seligman.[5]


AfH has been criticised for pursuing an individual approach to happiness, rather than focusing on societal negative issues such as inequality.[6]


  1. ^ "Action For Happiness". Charity Commission. Registered Charity (1175160) and Company Limited by Guarantee (10722435) in England and Wales.
  2. ^ a b "About Us". Action for Happines.
  3. ^ Easton, Mark (21 September 2015). "Evening classes that promise to make you happy" – via
  4. ^ "Why I Created A Kindness Calendar". 22 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Expert Advisory Group". Action for Happiness.
  6. ^ Harper, David (21 February 2012). "The sad truth about the Action for Happiness movement". the Guardian.

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