Our next presentation is: “How important is having a sense of meaning in life to happiness?”
By Lawrence Rifkin, M.D. While there are a lot ways to explore happiness, this talk will take a different approach - we'll look at the question of personal meaning. Happiness is more than just a feeling or a mood - it also comes from an understanding of one's connection to others, one's relationship to the big picture, and from a sense of belonging.
The talk will touch on the whole gamut of the idea of meaning, and its interconnections: from finding meaning through personal experience and deep awareness, to finding meaning through connections to other people and cultures, to finding personal meaning in the context of the cosmos.
In addition this talk and discussion will focus on questions of meaning in life. How important is having a sense of meaning to personal happiness? How central is community, culture, and relationship to personal meaning? How can one understanding our own personal meaning within grand scientific understanding of evolution and the universe?
Lawrence Rifkin is a physician and a writer, winner of the Grand Prize Doctors' Writers' Contest. His published articles and videos explore the intersection of human meaning, science, humanism, and well-being.

Date & Time: Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 7:00 - 8:45 P.M.
Place: the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824

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.For further info e-mail PrintLRK@aol.com, call 203-258-7777 or www.HappinessClub.com.


Our next presentation is: "Can there be happiness and peace in the aftermath of tragedy?" By Audrey Carson. 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. Audrey’s daughter Elizabeth was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, the family’s veterinarian, when she was just twenty-four.  There is absolutely nothing to prepare you for such a tragedy. There came the day when Audrey had to make the choice. Was she going to be engulfed in the treacherous waves of despair and fear, or was she going to go on her own journey to find a level of happiness and life with new meaning and purpose?

Her travels took her behind prison walls asking questions about forgiveness and love. She became empowered and fueled through a new understanding and knowledge with what happens in the absence of love. Audrey found her own way to let go of the gnawing anger and not let it manifest in dis-ease knowing full well it potentially would kill her, too. She was not going to let Elizabeth’s murderer kill her family or herself. They needed to carve out a new life and not be defined by tragedy and surround ourselves with others of the same mind set.

Audrey is the facilitator of The Hartford Happiness Club which was launched in May of 2014 and continues to grow locally. Monthly free meetings provide a wonderful place for people to meet, grow and connect.

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:45 PM.
Place: The Woodbridge Town Library located at 10 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525.
Meetings will be held once a month on Wednesdays. Meetings will be in the new meeting hall at the Library.
Meetings are free of charge and no reservations are required.
Future meetings will be held at the Woodbridge Town Library on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

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. For further info e-mail PrintLRK@aol.com, call 203-258-7777 or www.HappinessClub.com.


Join us for a get together for fun, conversation and connection with everyone! Not to mention some of the best food you will really enjoy! Come and join us! An excellent opportunity to enjoy good company, great food and lots of it at this incredible buffet. There will be good entertainment and beautiful dinning room to enjoy our time together.
Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Vazzanos Four Seasons 337 Kenyon Street, Stratford, CT 06614
Incredible buffet room that has: Carving station with prime rib, soups, salads, fruitti di mare, shrimp, all kinds of seafood, fish, shrimp scampi, baked stuffed clams, pasta, chicken,  pork chops, Swedish meatballs, pork, BBQ ribs,sausage and peppers, eggplant, vegetables, potatoes, desserts, pastries, cakes, coffee and tea and much more.
Music: There will be live entertainment by vocalist, Billy Lopez.
Cost per person is $25.00 in cash only! This includes sales tax & gratuity. Please bring exact amount of cash. You must let me know how many will attend. Reserve your space and send me an e-mail printlrk@aol.com.
Need to have a head count by Friday, August 18th, a couple of days before the event.
Everyone is welcome! Please plan on coming and joining us! We look forward to meeting you and your friends and sharing our best wishes in person. Come on down, meet some great people, get connected, and step up with joy in your life! Bring your smile to share with all of us. See you there!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
For further info e-mail PrintLRK@aol.com, call 203-258-7777 or www.HappinessClub.com.

We have wonderful conversations and we will talk about what is on your mind. You are a key part of these meetings because together we discover who we are. We make an attempt to answer the questions you have. All opinions and insights will be welcomed and considered. Come to the meeting and learn more about your happiness.
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 9, 2017. starts at 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
New Location: Mystics By The Sea, 394 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT 06460
Everyone is welcome; admission is free. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
Bert Boquet is the group facilitator. Bert's Phone: 203-693-3638, E-mail: bertboquet@hotmail.com
Bert Boquet is a hypnotherapy and parapsychologist. He is from New Orleans, Louisiana area. For many years he has been lecturing, dong seminars and workshops on self help and motivational issues. His practical and sensible approach to these modalities makes them relevant and effective.


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.
Tina Garrity is the group facilitator. Meeting: Held on the last Wednesday of each month.
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 PM
Place: At the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, Ct. 06443
No reservations are required. Everyone is welcome; admission is free and open to all. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month, except for holiday months.

Tina Garrity is the group facilitator for over 10 years. For more info contact Tina Garrity at Ting45@aol.com. Tina's phone: 203-245-2632.

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: lynettepositivebliss@gmail.com Website: www.positivebliss.com

Sign up on Lynette's website for her free weekly Positivity Message and tell your friends!
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HARTFORD HAPPINESS CLUB, Hartford, Connecticut
The first meeting was on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Meetings are the first Thursday of every month.

Date & Time: First Thursday each month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Place: Town and County Club, 22 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Beverage Bar available. Free admission and parking

Town and County Club, 22 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT. 06105 Free parking.
Audrey Carlson is the club facilitator.

R.S.V.P. Appreciated but optional. By e-mail to: audreybcarlson@cox.net or call: 860-841-5894
Please help us make these events successful, share the post on your Social Media accounts, invite friends, and family. All Happiness Club events are open to the public!
I welcome anyone and everyone to join me to share, learn and grow together. I believe we are all connected for a reason. There are no coincidences, this I know for sure. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your continued support in helping make the Hartford Happiness Club the best it can be! - With Love & Happiness, Audrey.
The time has come to spread happiness in Hartford Ct! I 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.

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: intake@bridgehousect.org

Meeting: First Thursday of each month for a happy hour meeting!
Time: 1:30- 2:30 PM
Place: Bridge House
Address: 880 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT


(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: jtamerin@optonline.net website: http://www.dbsagreenwichct.com/homepage.htm

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 twyancoskie@benchmarkquality.com or call 203-787-8141 Theresa to RSVP.
Website is: www.coachmansquareatwoodbridge.com

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: twyancoskie@benchmarkquality.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.