“Nicola Arnold is a fantastic volunteer who stepped forwards to lead our Exploring What Matters course in Farnborough in June 2016 and has since run two more and gone on to set up a series of successful local events under the banner of 'Hampshire Happiness Hub'. The June course successfully led a group of 14 participants through an 8-week process, exploring individual approaches to happiness wellbeing at the personal, interpersonal and community level. Participants reported increased happiness, life satisfaction, compassion and social trust and reported that her leadership as excellent - scoring 4.5/5 for her facilitation and also for the course overall. We are delighted to support Nicola to run this course and also delighted to count her as an ongoing active member of the Action for Happiness team.”
Alex Nunn, Head of Community Courses, Action for Happiness
Action for Happiness (AFH) charity work
Volunteering and supporting charities is an important part of who I am. As a Brownie guider, having received my 20 year service award last year, I’m no stranger to hard work, dedication and putting in the hours. For me it’s about making a positive impact on other people’s lives and encouraging community spirit. The Action for Happiness charity organisation is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. They see a fundamentally different way of life - where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.
I discovered the movement in January 2016 attending one of the very first 8 week ‘Explore what matters’ courses which were launching that month. I was so moved by the work they wanted to do and how the course really provided such thought provoking moments that I decided I wanted to support the course. I have now co-facilitated three courses and have the fourth one in the pipeline. I have also launched the Hampshire Happiness Hub in September 2016 as I wanted to create a longer lasting impact on the community and provide those that had attended the course an opportunity to continue their mindset work and meet up with likeminded people to support each other.
So far we have held three stand alone evenings to build up the Hampshire Hub community. These have focussed on channelling gratitude, introducing mindfulness and more recently building resilience. The community is growing by the month and other members are now contributing to the evenings which really strengthens the bond of the community.