Back in January I teamed up with The Therapy Life Centre here in Southend to run a series of monthly ‘Happiness’ workshops – which pretty soon became known as Happy Club. The idea was that people could drop in on, or attend regularly, and motivate each other into making positive change in their lives. All of which is a posh way of saying a group of folks sat in a room on the last Thursday of each month and challenged each other to start doing things they’d only dared dream of before!
Did it work?
Well, after the very first session we managed to inspire the youngest member of the group to leave the safety and security of Mum & Dad and move instead to Manchester in search of bright lights, a big city and a life of fun and adventure – and that pretty much set the tone for every Happy Club to come.
In six months we had people change their name, visit far flung destinations, break off unhealthy relationships, start new ones, de-clutter their houses, quit losing weight (you read that correctly), write books, and plan others. Lists were written, Goals were set, deadlines established, penalties were devised.
Even I wasn’t immune. About four months in (the night that we did “visions” – what a jaw dropping evening that was!) I came to realise that the rather dull & dreary goals I’d set myself in January were a far cry from what I really wanted – that whilst I love helping people to do everything and be happy, what I really want to do is write. Preferably fiction. Preferably in the sunshine. And preferably somewhere other that dear old Blightly.
So after a couple more months soul searching, and much diary reorganisation, I took the decision to park Happy Club whilst I throw myself at my new goals.
I’d to thank Karen, and everyone at the Therapy Life Centre for supporting Happy Club, and for all those that came along. I’m still doing talks and workshops and ‘happy talkies’ (one-to-one coaching), and there’s a chance Happy Club might return in one guise or another (keep an eye on this website) but for now I encourage you all to think big, and follow your dreams.
All the best
(Author of How To Do Everything and Be Happy)