Happiness

Love that freedom pass

North West London older people’s singing group has released a new song celebrating the Freedom Pass.

The song was launched by Sadiq Khan MP, the Labour Party’s London Mayoral candidate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9dg0fFxcYQ

New figures show growth in happiness

The latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics in its measurement of people’s subjective wellbeing shows increased reporting of happiness and reductions in reports of anxiety.

The annual figures show a significant increase in the extent to which people consider what they do to be worthwhile along with a steady increase in happiness measures and a decrease over the past four years in the number of people reporting anxiety.

Later life: The art and the science, London – 26 October 2015

A symposium on positive approaches to ageing.

Challenging the frequently negative media focus on the old-age ‘burden’, this symposium will focus on the contributions that older people themselves make to society and the relationship between positivity and health.

The meeting aims to give delegates a greater understanding of

Dancing for Health, Brighton & Hove – Mondays and Thursdays

Sessions designed for people going through challenging health conditions, or who just want to keep fit. These are movement based sessions that aim to support clients as well as friends and/or family.

Sessions include Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis inspired stretches, Lebed method techniques and short dances (from Latin to Bollywood, from 80s to current music).

This is a fun and caring session. There are two opportunities to attend these sessions:

10 to 11am, St. Luke's Church (Queens Park Road, BN2 9ZB).

A choir in every care home

Live Music Now has announced a new initiative to explore the potential to create a choir in every care home.

Working with Sound Sense (the UK professional association for community music) and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre, the organisation will review current singing activity in care settings and attempt to “share knowledge, understand what works, undertake research and consultation, and actively create the conditions to make every care home a singing home!”

w: www.achoirineverycarehome.co.uk

Culture and happiness

Arts Council England has published a research study to assess the connection between arts engagement and people’s happiness. The research analyses data from Mappiness– an iPhone app that allows users to record their own wellbeing.

The report, by economists Daniel Fujiwara and George MacKerron, found that people recording their experience of arts and culture activities score highly in terms of both positive effects on happiness and relaxation, above leisure activities like watching TV or drinking alcohol.

Call for arts on prescription

Think tank the CentreForum has issued a call for social prescribing (such as arts on prescription) to be made available in every GP practice in the country.

Initial findings from the consultation on proposed domains and measures of national wellbeing

The Office for National Statistics has published its initial findings from responses to the consultation on proposed domains and measures of national wellbeing which took place between 31 October 2011 and 23 January 2012.

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