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I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me


Connect with people

People with strong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our feelings of self worth. Broader networks bring a sense of belonging.

So taking action to strengthen our relationships and build connections is essential for happiness.  Read more



  • Action 23

    Really listen to what people are saying

  • Action 48

    Organise a party in your street

  • Action 24

    Understand each other’s needs

  • Action 14

    Help out a friend in need

  • Action 6

    Look for the good in those around you

  • Action 25

    Get to know your neighbours better

  • Action 26

    Ask others about the things that have gone well

  • Action 45

    Enhance your relationship with your partner

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Who matters most to you?

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Family, friends, - being more specific, Mum, Dad, sister, best friend from University, anyone who i've known and been invovled in doing music with. I run a Sunday lunch club where I invite people I don't know so well or don't see very often to come and help to extend networks of friends.

Michelle, London, UK2 Sep 2010, 13:31

My family - mum, siblings and niece and nephews. (all live abroad). My partner My friends My peers and colleagues Those in my choir My boss and line-manager Those that I come into contact with every day... they too matter and they too have an experience to share - good or bad. We are all the same at the end of the day.

Maria, UK2 Sep 2010, 13:31

Lots of people really matter to me - family, friends, colleagues, neighbours - but above all it's my wife Kate, my three beautiful children, my Mum & Dad, my sister and my closest friends from home and university days.

Mark Williamson, Kingston, Surrey2 Sep 2010, 13:31

Happiness facts

Happiness is contagious

Our happiness influences the people we know and the people they know.

Research shows that the happiness of a close contact increases the chance of being happy by 15%. The happiness of a 2nd-degree contact (e.g. friend's spouse) by 10% and the happiness of a 3rd-degree contact (e.g. friend of a friend of a friend) by 6%.


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