Here are some action shots from the Happiness and Wellbeing Festival which took place last Saturday in Barking, Essex, it was both a celebration and a demonstration of how to live a happier life.
The event centred on the Ten Keys to Happier Living as put forward by Action for Happiness, the national organisation devoted to creating a happier society. The Ten Keys are Giving, Relating, Exercising, Appreciating, Trying Out, Direction, Resilience, Emotion, Acceptance and Meaning. And the festival embodied many of them ….
In terms of giving, the festival-goers, speakers and organisers all gave their time to make the event a success. Spot the Mayor, Councillor Singh Rai, and Councillor Cameron Geddes who gave the opening address and is leading Barking’s regeneration project. If you can zoom in, you will also see that everyone is spreading happiness by holding positive messages to inspire the passers by ….
…later on there was children’s yoga and yoga for all, belly dancing and performances from Hip-Hop afro-soul duo, Native Sun and dancing by Borough United (pictured).
Everyone got the opportunity to try something new by making a T-shirt design with the help of Kiran Chahal …
….and pause to appreciate friends and life in general.
To give the day some extra Direction and Meaning, Sharon Mercieca and Roy Maunder held a workshop to help people set their own goals for happinss, it all starts with self-belief and having some values which you can align with your goals. Here they are being interviewed about Action for Happiness and their hopes for the its future.
Here are some therapists from the team at the Barking Bathouse giving chair massages to happy customers. At the same time Mind and Body coach Sharon Mercieca was relaying the good news about the free health checks coming up in the Barking Learning Centre which will provide information about an individuals body fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, bone mass, metabolic age, water content as well as blood pressure readings. Note that one of the Ten Keys to Happiness is all about caring for our bodies!
All deemed the day a huge success and look forward to the next event on the 19th September – Practising Positivity at the Barking Learning Centre from 6 – 8pm.
Rachelle Moulai is the manager of the Barking Bathouse