Title: 101 Activities for Happiness Workshop (provisional)
Rationale: We want to live in a society with more happiness and less unhappiness. We believe that workshops can make a significant contribution to that goal. To that end, we would like to encourage the development of more happiness workshops. A book containing 101 activities for happiness workshops would be a valuable resource to stimulate the development of such workshops.
Over the last 2 decades, evidence-based knowledge of the sources of our happiness has been accumulating. And over the last decade, many books have been written to popularise the results of happiness research. Books can only go so far, however, as increasing happiness needs more than intellectual assent; it requires action to apply that knowledge, new behaviours and new habits. Workshops can be an effective way of initiating changes in behaviour than reading alone. This is why workshops are so frequently used in fields of professional development and personal development which depend for their success on behavioural change. Workshops are a proven way of disseminating knowledge and turning it into changes in behaviour that support personal development and growth
In summary, the main rationale for this book is to facilitate the development of happiness workshops that can contribute to more happiness in the world around us.
Coverage and features: The book will contain an introductory chapter about the accumulation of knowledge of happiness, ways of disseminating it and the role of workshops in communicating and applying such knowledge. This will be followed by 101 activities as a resource for those who run workshops on happiness and how to share it, or would like to develop such workshops. The book will also contain advice on how to use the activities to run an effective workshop i.e. a happiness workshop that really works.
Who are we:
Tom is emeritus professor of personal and professional development at the University of Brighton in the UK. Asher is senior lecturer in e-commerce, digital marketing and information systems at Brighton University. Both have a long-standing interest in workshops. In the early 1990s Tom published (jointly with Phil Race and Viv Martin) the book Workshops that Work, (Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill), 1993.