What Action for Happiness Australia is doing is great and I’d love to help – what can I do?

Our Australian operations are run entirely by passionate volunteers who care about spreading happiness. It’s a big task so we need all the help we can get – including people power and wider resources.

See here for the current skills we’re looking for and ideas on ways you can help raise funds to spread happiness.

You could also consider starting a local group or running the Exploring What Matters course, details below.

Is there an Action for Happiness Group in my area?

Our local groups can be found here.

I’d like to be part of a community, but there are no groups near me – what can I do?

Our groups are run by volunteers so they happen when people come forward to spread happiness.

We'd love to see groups spreading to every town across Australia - so if there isn't a group near you and you believe that happiness matters  and you want help build a happier society, then why not create a local group today and start putting ideas about the science of happiness into practice together?

Details on what's involved in running a group and the ground rules can be found here.

If you need any help from us to make this happen just get in touch.


When is the next Exploring What Matters course in my area?

Upcoming courses can be found here.

There aren’t any courses in my area, what can I do?

Our courses are run by volunteers so they happen when people come forward to run a course.

We have over 100 people across Australia interested in running courses so one may start near you soon. To make sure you receive details you can sign up to our mailing list here

If you’re interested in becoming a course leader then fill in your details here and we’ll send you information on what’s involved. Note, we do recommend you participate in a course yourself before signing up as a leader.

Do you run private courses (in companies, medical centres etc)?

Our courses are run by volunteers, so they happen when people come forward to run a course.

We’re happy to support organisations who want to run the Exploring What Matters course. You can find more about this here

I’m interested in running the Exploring What Matters Course in my area, what should I do?

If you haven’t already, we do recommend you attend one of our courses before becoming a course leader. Our upcoming courses are here or contact us to find out when one becomes available in your area. If you’re interested in finding out what’s involved in becoming a course leader then enter your details here

I’ve registered my interest in running the Exploring What Matters course, but haven’t heard back, what should I do?

When you tell us you’re interested in running the course we send you a guide on what’s involved in running the course. In addition, to run a course you’ll need a co-leader. If you have a co-leader and have read the guide then the next step is to complete the leader registration form

I’ve submitted course leader registrations for both leaders but haven’t heard back, what should I do?

Have you submitted a course application form? We won’t contact you until we receive registration forms for both leaders AND one course application form. 

The course application form tells us your initial ideas for the venue, timings and costs so we can discuss these with you during the review call. Once we receive this we should be in touch within 1-2 weeks to arrange a time for the review call.

I can’t find a co-leader, can you help?

We have hundreds of people interested in running the course across Australia, so there may be someone local to you. If you send us some details we can check and email them on your behalf to see if any of them are interested – and if they are we can link you up.

To do this email telling us:

·       If you have already registered as a course leader.

·       Which suburbs/areas you’re happy to run the course in.

·       When you would be looking to run it (ie. evenings, weekends, weekdays).

Please make sure to let us know if there are any restrictions on where and when you can run the course. It’s important this works for both course leaders as you’ll need to travel to and from there for eight consecutive weeks.

Is there a maximum course cost allowed?

We need to ensure that most courses generate a surplus otherwise we would cease to exist. At the same time, we want to ensure that course attendees are free to pay the amount they can afford. So, we ask course leaders to keep the costs to a minimum. In Australia the maximum total cost we would usually allow for a course would be $600 (to cover room hire and food).

We’ll work with you to keep costs low and can provide our public liability certificate and proof of our status as a registered health promotion charity, which means you can often access community/council venues for minimal cost.


How are course donations and event fees used?

Action for Happiness Australia is a registered health promotion charity and all our profits go towards growing our movement and spreading happiness in our communities. Our course donations cover expenses (venue hire, refreshments, a course guide book each participant, course leader expenses, ticketing fees, Facebook advertising, public liability insurance etc). Any profit made from the courses is invaluable to us so we can extend our reach and impact. 

We are run entirely by volunteers with many working full time. Eventually, we are hoping to put money towards employing a paid staff member to support Action for Happiness Australia to help run and scale-up support for the courses.


What’s a Happy Cafe?

The idea is simple and inspiring: a friendly and welcoming place to meet other people with a shared interest in promoting happiness and wellbeing.

Is there a Happy Café near me?

Details of all Happy Cafes in Australia are available here.

To find out about Happy Cafes in other parts of the world click here.

I’d like to start a Happy Café, what should I do?

If you'd like to find out more about how you could start a Happy Café near you, please contact Stan Rosenthal via email at


What resources can you provide to help me spread happiness?

Our key resources for adults are:

·       The Ten Keys to Happier Living (guidebook) – pdf download -

·       The Ten Keys to Happier Living (book) -

·       Posters of the Ten Keys

We also have some videos of talks given for Action for Happiness by a range of world experts on positive psychology -

Do you have any resources for children?

Yes - we have some great resources for children:

·       Posters for children -

·       Ten Keys to Happier Living Toolkit for schools -

·       Happiness book for children -

For a full list of resources see