Bedford Film Festival and Happiness Matters bring smiles to town
Bedford Film Festival is keen to support film screenings for other Bedford based groups. So, we’re delighted that Caroline Clark of Happiness Matters has included to screen the documentary ‘Happy’ to celebrate UN World Day of Happiness. We asked Caroline to tell us a bit more…
In July 2012, the United Nations established March 20 as UN World Day of Happiness. This annual event is designed to help us all take time out to focus on our happiness.
Being happy is a goal for most of us. Yet we spend very little time or effort understanding what will contribute to our happiness or doing anything to directly enhance it. Think for a minute about how much time and effort you dedicate to your health and fitness, whether that’s reading about it, discussing it, planning it or taking action. Then compare that to how much time you have spent recently doing the same things in relation to your overall happiness. It’s likely that happiness will be poor relative in that comparison.
Much like our health and fitness we can take positive action to improve our levels of happiness. We just need to know what we are looking for and how to go about it. Science shows us that we while 50% of our happiness level is set by our genes, just 10% is affected by our personal circumstances. That leaves a potential 40% within our control to influence through our thoughts, language and behaviour.
So, in honour of World Day of Happiness, and in collaboration with Bedford Film Festival, Happiness Matters are showing a FREE screening of ‘Happy – The Movie’ on Thursday March 20 from 7pm at Coffer with Art on the High Street.
As an introduction to the science of happiness, you can’t do much better than watching ‘Happy – The Movie’. It’s an inspiring feature-length documentary that leads viewers on a journey across five continents in search of the keys to happiness. The film leads us toward a deeper understanding of why and how we can pursue more fulfilling, healthier and happier lives as well as looking at the fundamental issues we face in today’s society, how do we balance the allure of money, fame and social status with our needs for strong relationships, health and personal fulfilment?
Coffee with Art will have their full selection of coffees, teas and cakes available for you to buy before the film and during the interval.
While the screening is free, spaces are limited, so you’ll need a ticket which can be booked here.
To help keep the happiness flowing, Happiness Matters are running two further events for World Happiness Day on Saturday March 22 in the Harpur Suite.
- From 11am to 3pm, Bedford Happiness Experience brings together happiness inducing activities such as art, music, dance, singing, poetry, games, laughter yoga, acts of kindness and mindfulness in one room at the same time. It will be an interactive experience and is suitable for adults and children of all ages. Free admission.
- In the evening, from 7.30pm, the Happiness Matters Ceilidh features local ceilidh band Bricks and Brussels. Don’t worry if you have never experienced this kind of dancing fun before, there is a caller who explains what to do and the idea is to laugh as much as dance. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children under 14 and are available from Bedford Corn Exchange or direct from Happiness Matters.
I’m really looking forward to the events, I hope you can join in too. If you have any questions, please do get in touch.
Caroline Clark is a personal and business coach and happiness enthusiast.