The Happy Community Project is made of many collaborations

The Happy Community Project continues to gain momentum

New communities are starting up, third party organizations are taking an interest in us, and most importantly, real projects are getting launched – projects that bring people together as a community.

The foundational idea is that communities that are highly socially connected across diversity enjoy a greater sense of belonging, meaning, sufficiency, security and fairness – the fundamentals for a contented life. I recently had a meeting with Anne who captured our goals beautifully. “I used to be able to walk our streets and meet people I knew – it used to be a social event. Now people don’t walk, they drive up to the store they want, and if they do walk, they have their head down and you don’t get a chance to make those connections. I want people to remember how important those accidental connections are to their wellbeing. We used to know and now we have forgotten.”

Sackville

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Happy Community Project is now a Reality

We now have three Happy Community Projects.

 It started as a BHAG idea in January. The goal is to create a process where every community can increase their capacity for wellbeing and resiliency. In only 4 months the Happy Community Project has grown to 3 communities and has taken on a life of its own. There is hope that we can all live in a Happy Community and shape our own destinies.

In the last couple of weeks lots has happened. We are staring a new Happy Community Project in Halifax’s Hydrostone North, Sackville is implementing Action Groups that are bringing citizens together, Windsor is reaching out across demographics and we are launching our weekly radio show. Not bad for a crazy idea that our communities can be about happiness.

Here is some of what has happened at what seems like the speed of light.

Hydrostone North Happy Community Project is launching .

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The Happy Community Gets Stronger

The Happy Community Project continues to gain energy and momentum.

It’s thrilling to be part of making the world a happier place. There is so much happening, so much energy and so much interest.

97.5FM Community Radio has offered us a ½ hour weekly show.

On the Happy Community show, we can put life to the principles that make communities happy and talk about the real-world experiences of communities that are embracing their own Happy Community Project. We will be broadcasting to 400 thousand listeners around the world.  Be sure to stay tuned in.

The Sackville Community Project is moving into high gear.

On April 5th the Sackville Happy Community Project made two important decisions.

·         They decided to build a network that connects every citizen in Sackville to the Happy Community Project.

·         They partnered a shared objective with the Sackville Community Food Garden to piloy the Happy Community Project way of doing things to strengthen Read the rest

Sackville HCP April 5

Wow  what a meeting.

Twelve high energy, thoughtful people came together and got stuff done. Sackville has taken another huge step forward to becoming an even stronger happy community.

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The Big Decisions.

  • Target launch celebration August 1st Long weekend (Alternative July 1)

o   Theme could be around – Giving Back by Making Connections- it is the act of being Canadian (Act of being Sackvillian)

  • Make the Community Garden a pilot project

o   Learn how to make successful Action Groups by modelling what the Sackville Community Food Garden is doing

o   Learn how to make social connections through Action Groups

o   It is already well down the road to success.

  • Action Groups need three people minimum

o   Outreach- coordinator,

o   Action Co-coordinator,

o    Registration coordinator

  • Engage Different Organizations around our common goal – we are connected to every citizen of Sackville and therefore every citizen is socially connected within Sackville

o   Create a contact sheet of people who are

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Happy Community Project Gains Momentum

Making the World Happy

Lots is happening at Reshaping Our World.

More and more research is stating that real happiness only comes when we are connected with people we can touch. Handshakes, pats on the back and hugs are an important part of our knowing we belong, feel safe and are doing something meaningful and can’t be replaced by an emoticon.

The Happy Community Projects

The Happy Community Projects are gaining traction. They are increasing both the depth and breadth of our social connections in communities. When we live, work and play in communities where we enjoy strong social networks, then we can also know that we are there to take care of each other. It’s in that kind of environment that we can find real happiness, happiness that is deep rather than superficial and fleeting.

So here is what is happening.

The Sackville Happy Community Project

After only 4 meetings, the Sackville Happy Community Project is making big decisions … Read the rest

Another Big Step Forward March 15

A Big Step Forward

Even though it was March Break and many of you were with family, we took a major step closer to launching the Sackville Happy Community Project last night.

One new idea was introduced and we made some important decisions. Now all the pieces are in place to turn an idea into a reality. Our plan is to launch in 2 months.

The One New Idea

The goal of the Sackville Happy Community Project is to increase the capacity of our community for happiness and resiliency by increasing the number and strength of the social connections within our community. The best way to do that is by making it easy and fun for people to do things together.

The New idea is that there is a Core Group surrounded by Action Groups.

Action Groups

are where the activities that make social connections happen – activities like Community Garden, Our Best Recipes, or Discover Sackville’s Hidden Treasures. … Read the rest

What the Core Group Does

What the Core Group Does

  • Keeper of the Vision
  • Helps launch new Action Groups ideas.
  • Links Action Groups to a common vision for our community
  • Provides centralized services to Action Groups so they can concentrate on doing their work and less on administration – for example – a common website and maintenance, media communications,
  • Creates a community network hub for sharing ideas, connecting with resources and people
  • Designing and implementing social incentives for greater participation of community citizens
  • Creating Celebration Events for the Happy Community action pods members and their participants.
  • Provide transparent feedback on our progress and achievements
  • Offer training on how to design projects that increase community participation and connections.

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Social Connections Are the Answer

Research shows that the more socially connected we are, the happier we are. Charles Montgomery, the author of The Happy City, demonstrates in his Tedx talk that trust goes up when social connection is high.

Our Happy Community Project is designed to build a sustainable way of creating greater happiness through stronger social connections. It is designed so that ordinary citizens can participate in the happiness of their community.

Find out more in the details of the Happy Community Project.… Read the rest

Windsor Story Circle Kick Off

The 1st Windsor Story Circle   – March 2, 2017

The Windsor Story Circle kicked off with 8 souls sharing in some great tales of truth, mirth and fiction.

Here is a sampling of what we heard

The Crow Who Wouldn’t Talk

My First Broken Heart

How The Rhinoceros Got Its Wrinkled Skin

How The Fogo Island Doctor Found His Tickle

Who Built The Walled City in Cape Breton

The next one is March 16th – don’t miss out

Windsor Library – 1st and 3rd Thursday – FREE

195 Albert Street

6:30-8:00

Coffee and sweets included

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On Feb 22, 2017 something brilliant happened

Last Wednesday, The Sackville Happy Community Project took another step forward to increasing its capacity for happiness. Our Next meeting is March 15, 6:30-8:00 at 97.5FM Community Radio.

Here is what happened Feb 22nd

The sense of wellbeing of a community can best be measured by how strong the social connections are within the community. Our goal is that every citizen feels strongly connected within the community.

In our meetings, there is a consistent theme of how strong the community spirit already is within Sackville. There is a real sense of pride of being in Sackville. There is also a strong sense of wanting to reach out beyond Sackville’s boundaries to make stronger connections with the other communities of HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality).

How can we build with intention?

How can we intentionally build a community where every citizen is strongly connected to every other citizen with minimum degrees of separation. We explored how the three great ideas … Read the rest