FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT - FAIRFIELD HAPPINES
"Can there be happiness and peace in the aftermath of tragedy?"
By Audrey Carson
Date: Thursday, July 13th
Time: 7:00-8:45 P.M.
Can one ever laugh without the pangs of guilt, open your heart to love again and learn to thrive and not merely survive? These are many of the questions we ask ourselves when life as we knew it no longer exists. Our daughter Elizabeth was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, our veterinarian, when she was just twenty-four. There is absolutely nothing to prepare you for such a tragedy. There came the day when I had to make the choice. Was I going to be engulfed in the treacherous waves of despair and fear, or was I going to go on my own journey to find a level of happiness and life with new meaning and purpose?
My travels took me behind prison walls asking questions about forgiveness and love. I became empowered and fueled through a new understanding and knowledge with what happens in the absence of love. I found my own way to let go of the gnawing anger and not let it manifest in dis-ease knowing full well it potentially would kill me, too. I was not going to let Elizabeth’s murderer kill me and my family. We needed to carve out a new life and not be defined by tragedy and surround ourselves with others of the same mindset.
The Hartford Happiness Club was launched May of 2014 and continues to grow locally as well as sprout globally. Monthly free meetings at The Town and Country Club provide a wonderful place for people to meet, grow and connect. I would love to share my story and how I chose happiness, peace and love in the aftermath of losing our daughter.
Everyone is welcome! Admission is free!
Meet some wonderful people using happiness in their lives.
Learn to have the peace of mind you need and experience happiness now.
At Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
For further information call: Lionel Ketchian at 203 258-7777
NEW BEGINNINGS COMMUNITY, MILFORD, CONNECTICUT
B.L.I.S.S = Believe Life Is Something Special. Because it is, and so are you!
On Sunday, May 8, 2016, Mother's Day, Rev. Lynette Turner offered a message on The Power of Nurturing. This offering will explore the dimensions "of mothering" as caring has importance whether in the role of mother, the reaching out we do for family, friends, and those in need, and the importance of nurturing and self-care for ourselves. Come feel the love! New Beginning is an interfaith/interspiritual community where all are welcome, all are appreciated, and none are judged.
Lynette is a Positivoligist™, motivational speaker, and Positivity/Life Strategist coach. She is also a certified dream teacher with the Robert Moss School of Active Dreaming, an Angelspeake facilitator, and an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister.
She presents one Sunday each month from 10:00 - 11:00 AM.
Location: Mystics By The Sea, 394 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT 06460
Rev. Lynette Turner phone: (203) 257-9120. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.positivebliss.com
Sign up on Lynette's website for her free weekly Positivity Message and tell your friends!
Sessions and Workshops for Health & Happiness www.positivebliss.com. http//www.twitter.com/lynettebliss and http/www.facebook.com/608418443
BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT - BRIDGE HOUSE HAPPINESS CLUB
The first meeting was on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 from 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.|
Bridge House is a Clubhouse which is modeled on the Fountain House model of psychiatric rehabilitation. The men and women who attend assist with the running of the program, which helps to restore their sense of purpose, dignity and self worth. Members also work at part time jobs, with staff providing intensive supports.
I have known Lionel Ketchian, and his unique passion for sharing happiness, for 5 years. When he offered to bring a Happiness Group to Bridge House, I jumped at the opportunity. The adults in this program, a non-clinical psychiatric rehabilitation program, have been extremely responsive to his message. They hear the valuable nuggets that he offers: make a choice! Your life is more than the things which happen to you.Your thoughts and choices can bring happiness moment by moment,
despite what life seems to throw at you.
Lionel and the Bridge House members learn from one another: practice gratitude, we are surrounded
with things to be grateful for. Lionel is surely at the top of the list things we are grateful for!
Phyllis Freeman, MS and Lionel Ketchian and are the group facilitators.
Phyllis phone is 203 335-5339 & e-mail: email@example.com
Meeting: Once each month for a happy hour meeting!
Time: 1:30- 2:30 PM
Place: Bridge House
Address: 880 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT
SOUL OF HAPPINESS MILFORD,CONNECTICUT
Real Food For Your Body, Mind & Spirit.
First meeting was on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013.
Date & Time: Meeting every 2nd Wednesday, from 6:30- 8:30 PM.
Place: Cafe Atlantique, 33 River St, Milford, CT 06460
Juliette Storch is the facilitator for the club. Phone: 203.305.8091 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ashley Frament is the assistant facilitator, Ashley's phone: 518-269-5444, E-mail: email@example.com
This salon, Soul of Happiness: Real Food for Your Body, Mind & Spirit came to me after a long discussion with Lionel. We were talking about happiness and that food, energy and thoughts have an enormous affect on happiness. I wanted to start a salon similar to those in the early 20th century where we could get together and have a conversation about how to have inner happiness, eat intuitively for better health, cook for vitality and be brave in our vulnerability. This is about being real, sharing, and gaining insight.
GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF THE DBSA
(National Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) Ten years ago, the Greenwich Chapter,
recognizing the need within our community, started a chapter in Greenwich, Connecticut.
We have been pleased both with the response to the program and with our ability to have helped hundreds of patients and family members. We hold weekly meetings on Fridays from 2:30 - 4:30 PM in a lovely residence in Greenwich, CT.
How Does It Work? The only requirement for participation in our group, which is open to patients and family members, is that the participant with depression or bipolar disorder be under the supervision of a psychiatrist.
There is no charge. Individuals with Depression or Bipolar Disorder from Fairfield and Westchester Counties are welcome to attend as are their friends and family who wish to learn more and be supportive.
John Tamerin, M.D. is the group facilitator and a psychiatrist. phone #: 203-661-8282
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org website: http://www.dbsagreenwichct.com/homepage.htm
GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF THE ACPA
(American Chronic Pain Association)
The Greenwich Connecticut chapter of the ACPA is a free support group for persons who are suffering from chronic pain and their loved ones. When persons with a common problem help and support one another, this enhances the medical treatments they are receiving. Our goal is to help participants to achieve the best possible attitude toward themselves and their lives while living with pain. Because pain is grounded in our perceptions, changing one’s perspective on pain can be empowering and hope-giving. This group aims to offer power and hope to those living with pain of any kind: physical, emotional or spiritual.
Free meetings are held every Wednesday from 11:30 am to 12:30 PM in Greenwich, CT.
John Tamerin, M.D. is the group facilitator and a psychiatrist. phone #: 203-661-8282
e-mail: email@example.com website:
Jerry Rhine, MSW is a graduate of Brown University. After a lucrative career in commercial real estate brokerage in Fairfield County, Jerry had four heart attacks and a triple bi pass surgery In 1994. He also suffered two strokes that have resulted in loss of cognition. Jerry went to NYU, where he earned his Masters Degree in social work. While studying at NYU, he developed prostate cancer, which has spread to lymphoma.
He is living in stage three, which creates deep chronic pain on his spine. According to MRI tests at Sloan Kettering, Jerry had spontaneous remission of a tumor on his esophagus.
Yet, Jerry is not only happy, he empowers others who suffer from emotional and physical pain. He works with people who have relationship and financial issues. Jerry is a certified Spiritual healer and a hypnotherapy practitioner. Jerry has been a leader for Cancer groups at the American Cancer society, and has taken courses to teach others.
Jerry has helped cancer patients to cope, and helped relieve individuals of chronic pain. As Ambassador for the Fairfield County Happiness Club, Jerry plans to speak at hospitals, religious groups and civic organizations about the message of hope and happiness. Jerry feels that even in adverse times in our lives, we can find happiness. Jerry teaches people about Finding Happiness every day by loving, giving and appreciating. Jerry is also working to form a Happiness Cancer Club with support group meetings and guest speakers. Jerry lives with his wife, Jennifer, a trust and estates attorney in NYC and they have two children, Amanda and Joshua, both teenagers.
Jerry's phone: (203) 340-9626, email: HopefulCare@aol.com Jerry's website: www.hopefulcare.com
MADISON, CONNECTICUT - MADISON HAPPINESS CLUB
I decided to start a Happiness Club meeting in Madison, Ct. in October of 2006.
It has simply been a wonderful experience! I so enjoyed attending the meetings that Lionel Ketchian ran in Fairfield that I wanted to bring it to my own town. The response to it has been far greater than I imagined. People love attending and I have been told by some that it has helped them to make positive changes in their lives!!
I always hear very positive feedback from people who attend the meetings. I run the meetings very similar to the Fairfield ones, I hold them monthly at the Madison Library and I have a different speaker each month on all different topics related to Happiness. I also like to talk about something that I may have read or heard about
and I try to provide different handouts. It has truly brought greater happiness into my life
and I so enjoy having the speakers pass on their incredible knowledge!
Meetings include a presentation by professional speakers on happiness.
Everyone is welcome; admission is free. Tina Garrity is the group facilitator.
Phone: 203-494-9940 E-mail: Ting45@aol.com
Meeting: Held on the last Wednesday of each month.
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 PM
Place: At the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library
Address: 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT. 06443
MENTORS HAPPINESS CLUB
Open to all Happiness Club leaders, facilitators and teachers. We meet for special events and
discussions to further our club activities and socialize and share ideas.
Lionel Ketchian is the group facilitator.
Lionel's phone is 203 258-7777 & e-mail PrintLRK@aol.com
REDISCOVER HAPPINESS CLUB, CANTON CT
Monica Katzen, BS, MBA is the facilitator.
I just attended the meeting of this wonderful group in October, 2010, and had the opportunity to meet Monica and the other women in the group as well. This group is for women only and it has been created for them to learn to discover happiness in their life no matter what they may have experienced in life. Monica feels that women can be more open with other women. This is the reason to keep the group as a women's self-support group.
I really enjoyed meeting this wonderful group of women who have come together to learn and share life changing ideas, stories and strategies to live their best life now. They hold meetings once a month in a members home in the Canton, Connecticut area. If you have been going through a life transition and want to be with positive like minded women, than this group is for you. Monica is enthusiastic about helping other women reach their full potential both personally and professionally, and wishes to help broaden acceptance of, and spread knowledge about, the benefits of complementary wellness modalities in her community. She thrives on constant introspection and self-discovery as well as the collection of new ideas, knowledge and friends.
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THE BENCHMARK SENIORS LIVING HAPPINESS CLUB, WOODBRIDGE, CT
Thanks to Dr. Bernie Siegel we have a new Happiness Club in Connecticut! Bernie was our speaker for our first meeting on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 P.M.
Meetings are held at Coachman Square, 21 Bradley Road, Woodbridge at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month.
Theresa Waldron-Yancoskie facilitates this club. It is designed for seniors both within our community and the community at large who choose to be happy and want to learn more about the happiness response! Our lecture & performance series for 2012 is themed Embracing Happiness through (you name it). (We currently are searching for a person who will lead Meditation and/or Guided Imagery. Please contact Theresa if you know someone can help.)
At our next meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30, our theme is Embracing Happiness through Song! We will host powerful vocalist Karen Wagner, and she has prepared a program of tunes we can sing together as well as joyous solos!
On Tuesday, May 1st at 6:30pm, our theme is Embracing Happiness through Cinema! Our speaker will be Michael Kerbel, the Director of the Film Study Center at Yale. He will share with us some of the most inspirational scenes from movies!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-787-8141 Theresa to RSVP.
Website is: www.coachmansquareatwoodbridge.com
BENCHMARK SENIOR LIVING HAPPINESS CLUB, SHELTON, CT
The first meeting was on Tuesday, September 9, at: 3:00 P.M.
Meetings are at Benchmark Senior Living at Split Rock, 708a Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484
Theresa Waldron-Yancoskie is the club facilitator. Her e-mail is: email@example.com Theresa is the Director of Resident Lifestyle at Benchmark at Split Rock. Her phone is: 203-929-1111
Everyone is welcome; admission is free. Meet some wonderful people using happiness in their lives. Learn to have the peace of mind you need and experience happiness now. Future meetings at the Benchmark Senior Living at Split Rock will be every second Tuesday. This is a Happiness Club for Seniors that has been created to share the benefits of being happy. Happiness Club meetings will give you a rational, common sense approach to accept a positive view of life and deal with the things you cannot change.
HAPPY HAP, YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN, CT
HappyHap@Yale, is a student organization whose main goal is to create and promote awareness of the importance of happiness on campus and beyond. For us, the question of happiness is more than a vacuous response about ultimate ends. Rather, it is a concrete challenge that modern society is failing to address, in spite of its sheer incredible development and progress in many other areas. We therefore seek to create a fertile environment for the flourishing of not only successful, but more importantly well-rounded individuals at Yale.
Founded in 2008 by Sunnie Tölle (now a junior at Yale University) we set out to create www.happyhap.com, a web platform on which - based on the idea that happiness is contagious - you can post a few lines, a photo, or a video of a happy moment and dedicate it to others. We are driven by creativity, happy moments, and fun ideas. Since then, we create and realize projects on and off-campus that reflect our three core principles:
Happiness is contagious.
Happiness - when shared - can inspire and empower others.
Happiness can be expressed in infinitely many ways.
Most recently, we staged a two-week exhibition on "Happiness around the World" (read more here:
At our weekly meetings, we brainstorm, coordinate, and execute projects that reflect our three core principles. In terms of our internal structure, it's all project-based. If you come up with an idea, then you become the project leader unless you want to pass it on. Past projects have included a publication, an amateur short movie, study breaks, a photography exhibition and a web platform.
We do not yet have a fixed meeting time and place, so for now I suggest anyone who's interested just sends me an email, and we'll take it from there. I'll let you know as soon as the group finds a convenient time that works for everyone.
For the near future in April, we really like the idea of having a coffee cup conversation series with people who have something interesting to share in the field of positive psychology or in general about happiness.
HARTFORD HAPPINESS CLUB
The first meeting was on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Meetings are the first Thursday of every month.
Town and County Club, 22 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT. 06105 Free parking.
Audrey Carlson is the club facilitator.
Please RSVP by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 860-841-5894
The time has come to spread happiness in Hartford Ct! I recently graduated with certification in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute taught by Tal Ben Shahar. I am excited to share and continue to grow as a lifelong learner giving my life meaning and purpose. My studies include a Masters of Arts in Experiential Health and Healing from the Graduate Institute in 2008. Dr. Bernie Siegel was my mentor who put me on a path to learn, grow and share. Bernie taught me how to take life and all it's complexities and make it simple. Through Bernie, I met Lionel at a workshop.
It was at this point where I was introduced to The Happiness Clubs. I never looked back. Lionel was put on this earth to plant seeds of happiness around the world. I am humbled to have Lionel in my life and be part of something larger than life.
EAST LYME HAPPINESS CLUB
East Lyme, Connecticut
The first meeting was on Monday, September 22, 2014. Time: 7:00 - 8:45 P.M.
Meetings every fourth Monday each month.
East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic, CT 06357 In The East Lyme Room
Gail Freeman is the club facilitator. Her e-mail is: email@example.com phone: 860 608-7763.
NIGHTINGALE'S HAPPINESS & HARMONY CLUB
Located at MusicNow Foundation/Nightingale's Acoustic Café, 68 Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT 06371
The first meeting was on March 27th, 2014. Meetings are monthly.
Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
MusicNow Foundation/Nightingale's Acoustic Café is a gathering place for Live, Local and Homegrown Music.
Our concept of the community is a "One Room School House." This is where everyone teaches each other and is facilitated by trained music professionals. It is the basis for our work in fostering music in the lives of our youth and adults. Engage, Enrich & Educate is our learning quotient for the rich music experience that we aspire to nurture.
Gail K. Stevens is the facilitator and her e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Yani Horan, Coordinator. The office: (860) 434-1961 Website: www.MusicNowFoundation.org