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Growth mindset and the science of humour and laughter with Partners in Learning

Juliette Yardley delivered both a keynote speech and workshop for Partners in Learning, a teaching school alliance based in Doncaster.

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Team building with RBS Comms

Laughology’s Kerry Leigh delivered a team building session with RBS Comms team in August and they enjoyed it so much we were invited back to work with the same team this month.

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Menopause Awareness with Thames Valley Police

The Menopause is not a laughing matter, but Laughology’s approach is proving very popular. We use humour sensitively to enable women and men to relax and discuss the sensitive topic.

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A Swiss role with Novartis

Dave Keeling was thrilled to be able to combine his love of chocolate and time-keeping when he was invited to Switzerland in association with Sokrates Partners to run a session with senior executives from Novartis on the art of improvisation.

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Excellent schools with Stoke Heads and Principles Executive

Due to popular demand, Dave Keeling was asked to present at SHAPE’s November conference after going down a storm at their March get-together where he discussed FLIP.

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Laughter at lunchtime sessions

We delivered two well-attended laughter and learning at lunchtime sessions this month. The first was for office fit and refurbishment specialist Overbury and covered the psychology of humour and laughter and how to use it as a personal development tool, delivered by Kerry Leigh.

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NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2017

Over £5000 worth of prizes to be won. 

Organisations and business

  • Happiest Workplace
  • Happiest Employee (all levels)
  • Happiest Team
  • Happiest Future Leader (graduate or apprentice)

Schools and education

  • Happiest School
  • Happiest School Employee
    (Teacher, Head Teacher or Support Staff)
  • Happiest Pupil

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National Happiness Award 2017- winners announced at gala ceremony

National Happiness Award 2017- winners announced at gala ceremony

Over 150 entries across all categories, 120 excited guests, a couple of costume changes, free booze, a buffet and a room packed full of happiness heroes. Dave Keeling in a dickie bow. Stephanie Davies flashing the flesh. It could only be the National Happiness Awards.

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National Happiness Awards 2017 finalist shortlist

National Happiness Awards 2017 finalist shortlist

It has been a record-breaking year for the National Happiness Awards with hundreds of entries across all categories. Our independent panel of judges have reached their verdicts and we can officially announce the shortlist of finalists.

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More school nominations for the National Happiness Awards 2017

More school nominations for the National Happiness Awards 2017

There are only five days left before nominations close for this year's National Happiness Awards and the submissions are still coming in from schools throughout the UK.

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Apps for Good nominated in the Happiest Workplace category of the National Happiness Awards 2017.

Apps for Good nominated in the Happiest Workplace category of the National Happiness Awards 2017.

Apps for Good, an organisation which helps 10-18 year-olds to build mobile apps and IoT (internet of things) products, have been nominated in the Happiest Workplace category of the National Happiness Awards 2017.

Gerry Jones, Finance Manager at Apps for Good, who submitted the nomination said:

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Hel’s Angels nominate Irina Zelentsova, in the category of Happiest Employee

Hel’s Angels nominate Irina Zelentsova, in the category of Happiest Employee

France McBain, Talent Manager at Hel’s Angels, a brand engagement and live events agency in London, has nominated Staff Booker, Irina Zelentsova, for the category of Happiest Employee in this year National Happiness Awards 2017.

In support of the nomination France said:

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Burges Salmon nominate Ngozi Tulloch for a Happiest Employee

Burges Salmon nominate Ngozi Tulloch for a Happiest Employee

Kia Jarrett, from Burges Salmon, an independent UK law firm, working with large organisations, entrepreneurial businesses and public sector bodies, and private individuals and families have nominated Legal Secretary, Ngozi Tulloch, in the category of Happiest Employee, in this year's National Happiness Awards 2017.

To support her nomination, Kia said:

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Transform Trust nominated in the Happiest Workplace category of the National Happiness Awards 2017

Transform Trust nominated in the Happiest Workplace category of the National Happiness Awards 2017

Kim Blount, a Support Services Coordinator for the Transform Trust and Teaching School Alliance, has nominated it in the Happiest Workplace category of the National Happiness Awards 2017

In support of the nomination, Kim said:

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Elmwood School is nominated in the Happiest School category of the National Happiness Award 2017.

Elmwood School is nominated in the Happiest School category of the National Happiness Award 2017.

Elmwood School, a secondary provision for students aged 11-16 with a range of learning needs, has been nominated in the Happiest School category of the National Happiness Award 2017.

Lee Cross, Deputy Headteacher, of Elmwood, said in support of the nomination:

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Educational Psychology and Wellbeing Services - Happiest Employee nomination

Educational Psychology and Wellbeing Services - Happiest Employee nomination

Amy Richards, an administrator for the Educational Psychology and Wellbeing Services (EPIC), has nominated Paula Hopkins, a Senior Educational Psychologist, at EPIC, in the Happiest School Employee category of the National Happiness Awards 2017

In support of her nomination for Paula, Amy said:

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Sky Betting & Gaming nomination for Future Leader category of the National Happiness Awards 2017

Sky Betting & Gaming nomination for Future Leader category of the National Happiness Awards 2017

Fiona Barker, Community Partnerships Manager, at Sky Betting & Gaming, has nominated Will Ridley for the Future Leader category of the National Happiness Awards 2017.

In support of her nomination, Fiona said:

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Grendon CE Primary School - Happiest School nomination

Grendon CE Primary School - Happiest School nomination

John Wayland, Head Teacher at Grendon CE Primary School, has nominated it for a Happiest School Award 2017 award

In his nomination, John says:

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Beech Hill Primary School - nomination for Happiest School Employee 2017 award

Beech Hill Primary School - nomination for Happiest School Employee 2017 award

Jenny Mantle, Teacher and Wellbeing Officer at Beech Hill Primary School, has nominated her colleague, Julie Patterson, for a Happiest School Employee 2017 award.

In support of her nomination, Jenny says:

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Kirk Smeaton CE Primary School - Happiest School Employee nomination

Kirk Smeaton CE Primary School - Happiest School Employee nomination

Kirsty Wilkinson, a Teacher from Kirk Smeaton CE Primary School, has nominated Beth Hursthouse for a Happiest School Employee 2017 award.

In her nomination, Kirsty said:

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Park Community Academy nomination for Happiest School Employee 2017 award.

Park Community Academy nomination for Happiest School Employee 2017 award.

Donna Irving, a Teacher at Park Community Academy, has nominated her colleague, Amy Healey, for the Happiest School Employee 2017 award.

In her nomination, Donna says:

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How do you reward the graduates and apprentices in your organisation?

How do you reward the graduates and apprentices in your organisation?

New talent is the lifeblood of any organisation. Apprentices and graduates with the right skill-set are an essential factor in business expansion and growth.

Two thirds (61%) of managers in growing firms felt that hiring the right staff or having employees with the right skills was the most important factor in realising the company’s ambitions.

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Parkland Primary School nominated for a Happiest School Award 2017

Parkland Primary School nominated for a Happiest School Award 2017

Paul Stone, from Parkland Primary School, who nominated parkland, said in his nomination:

Parklands place the happiness and wellbeing of their pupils at the heart of their decision-making from the creation of their school values and aim to embody their beliefs in staff meetings, events for parents, governing meetings and most of all the events and support they give to their children.

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Wootton Lower School nominated for a Happiest School Award 2017

Wootton Lower School nominated for a Happiest School Award 2017

Stacey Hall, a HLTA, at Wootton Lower School, said in her Happies School nomination:

'We are a school that wants the children to smile and always is happy! Us as staff model this (even when we sometimes don't feel like it!) in the hope that our smiles and laughter become contagious.

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Sparkwell All Saints Primary School, in Devon, has been nominated for a Happiest School Award 2017

Sparkwell All Saints Primary School, in Devon, has been nominated for a Happiest School Award 2017

Francesca McLoughlin, Headteacher, for Sparkwell All Saints Primary School, said in her nomination:

'Ours is the happiest school I have worked in and I am proud to lead a happy team who want to make school an incredible place for our pupils where happy memories are made!

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St John the Evangelist C of E VA School, nominated for a Happiest School award 2017

St John the Evangelist C of E VA School, nominated for a Happiest School award 2017

Simon Watson, Vice Chair of Governors, who made the nominations said:

'We appointed a new Head Teacher in 2014 who supported by the Governing Board has turned our school around from one that was in special measures to one now bordering on outstanding. He has a fantastic positive mental attitude which has cascaded down across all our staff. They are all engaged, happy, enthusiastic, and love coming to work each day.

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Spencer Solicitors nominate Lucy Ward for a Happiest Employee Award 2017

Spencer Solicitors nominate Lucy Ward for a Happiest Employee Award 2017

Kelly Pashley-Handford, Head of HR Services, nominated Lucy, and said as part of her nomination:

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Kit and Caboodle Ltd, nominated for a National Happiest Team Award 2017

Kit and Caboodle Ltd, nominated for a National Happiest Team Award 2017

Kit and Caboodle Ltd, nominate their Staff team and volunteers for a National Happiest Team Award 2017.

Suzi Clark, a Director at Kit and Caboodle Ltd, said as part of her nomination:

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Smithy Street Primary School has been nominated for a National Happiest School Award 2017

Smithy Street Primary School has been nominated for a National Happiest School Award 2017

Smithy Street Primary School has been nominated for a National Happiest School Award 2017, by Magdalena Martinez Queipo, the parent of a child attending the school.

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Joseph Edwards nominated for a National Happiest Pupil Award 2017.

Joseph Edwards nominated for a National Happiest Pupil Award 2017.

Joseph Edwards, from Pelham Primary School, has been nominated by Sarah Lyne, Deputy Head Teacher, for a National Happiness Awards 2017. Sarah said about Joseph in her nomination:

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Lively Learners Pre-school, nominated for a National Happiest School 2017 Award.

Lively Learners Pre-school, nominated for a National Happiest School 2017 Award.

Nissa Perkins, Manager at Lively Learners Pre-school in Measham, has nominated them for a National Happiest School 2017 Award.

In her nomination Nissa says:

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Greenfields Primary Academy nominated for a National Happiest School 2017 Award.

Greenfields Primary Academy nominated for a National Happiest School 2017 Award.

Sophie Threadgill, a parent of children at Greenfields Primary Academy, thinks they should win the National Happiest School 2017 Award.

In her nomination, Sophie says:

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i-stage Group nominated for the Happiest Workplace award

i-stage Group nominated for the Happiest Workplace award

Victoria Hastings from the i-stage Group, an event and entertainment company, has nominated them for a Happiest workplace award.

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LACE Partners nominated for a Happiest Team 2017 award

LACE Partners nominated for a Happiest Team 2017 award

Kerry Beer, Finance Manager for LACE Partners, A dynamic global People, Performance, and Productivity consultancy, thinks LACE Partners deserve to win this year's Happiest Team award. To support her nomination, Kerry said:

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EasiRent.com nominate Alana Anderson for a Happiest Employee 2017 award

EasiRent.com nominate Alana Anderson for a Happiest Employee 2017 award

Alana Anderson is a Sales Ledger Clerk from EasiRent.com, and according to Jason Davies from their HR & Recruitment department, she deserves to win the Happiest Employee Award 2017.

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Morehall Primary School nominate Margaret Paterson for the Happiest School Employee award

Morehall Primary School nominate Margaret Paterson for the Happiest School Employee award

Morehall Primary School in Folkstone is an ambitious and inclusive school, which is at the heart of their community. They have nominated Margaret Paterson for this year's Happiest School Employee award.

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Why did the baker have brown knuckles?

Why did the baker have brown knuckles?

…because he kneaded a poo!

Sorry, Adrian Shedden from Burges Salmon made us do it.

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Two LACE Partners nominations for a National Happiness Award 2017

Two LACE Partners nominations for a National Happiness Award 2017

Two nominations from Lace partners. The first, a Happiest Team nomination, is from Karen Dempster, who says that 'LACE care about people's happiness and show it. I've worked with lots of UK and global organisations, but this has to be the happiest place I've been. LACE is like a family of friends.' She added: you are recognised for your achievements, encouraged to be at your best and to be yourself - developing your personal interests and hobbies as part of your work.'

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Happiest school nomination for Middleton Primary School in Leeds

Happiest school nomination for Middleton Primary School in Leeds

Richard O'Neill, a visiting artist at Middleton Primary School in Leeds, reckons it is the happiest school in the UK, and that is why he has nominated it in the Happiest School category of the National Happiness Awards 2017.

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Nomination for Happiest Employee from Cornhill Capital Limited

Nomination for Happiest Employee from Cornhill Capital Limited

Delighted to receive another nomination for the Laughology National Happiness awards 2017, this time for the category of Happiest Employee.

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Congratulations to Cornhill FX on their happiest team nomination

Congratulations to Cornhill FX on their happiest team nomination

You know we love to share some of the latest happiness awards nominations with you, and this one, in particular, caught our eye.

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Listen up! How to impress the judges and win a National Happiness Award 2017

Listen up! How to impress the judges and win a National Happiness Award 2017

Nominations for the National Happiness Awards 2017 are starting to roll in as we begin our search for the UK’s happiest people and places. To help you with your nominations this year we thought we’d give you some hints and tips on how to win an award by sharing with you some of the elements that captured the judges’ attention in 2016’s winning nominations.

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Hannah Inwood from Federations of Greenways nominates her school for the happiest school award

Hannah Inwood from Federations of Greenways nominates her school for the happiest school award

The National Happiness Awards 2017 nominations are coming in thick and fast, and we would like to share some of the nominations with you, so you know what you are up against if you decide to nominate your school.

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Paget Primary School happiest teacher nomination

Paget Primary School happiest teacher nomination

Another nomination for the Laughology National Happiness Awards 2017, this time for the category of Happiest School Employee (Teacher, Headteacher or Support Staff)

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Want to know how to win a National Happiness Awards 2017?

Want to know how to win a National Happiness Awards 2017?

Looking for some insider tips to help you get ahead in the National Happiness Awards? Here judges Gill White, Jane Thomas and Perry Timms discuss what they’ll be looking for and what impresses them.

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Can your school win a National Happiness Award 2017?

Can your school win a National Happiness Award 2017?

Jane Thomas, headteacher of St Matthew's Primary School won the happiest Headteacher in the UK for 2016. Do you know a head teacher, pupil or school employee who can win this year's prize.

There is over £5000 worth of prizes to be won, and it is free to enter. Get nominating

 

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King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy nominate Marsha Malik for a happiest pupil award

King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy nominate Marsha Malik for a happiest pupil award

With trips to Wimbledon and camping in Spain, we're not sure how much more happiness Marsha can cope with, but it is great to receive her nomination for the National Happiness Awards 2017 Happiest Pupil nomination.

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Happiest Employee award nomination from Liberty Living

Happiest Employee award nomination from Liberty Living

Great to get a nomination for the National Happiness Awards 2017 from Liberty Living.

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This year we are delighted to welcome Combat Stress as our National Happiness Awards Charity Partner.

This year we are delighted to welcome Combat Stress as our National Happiness Awards Charity Partner.

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans.

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Last year’s happiest workplace winner, talks about last year success

Last year’s happiest workplace winner, talks about last year success

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 300 entries. The Outward Bound Trust in Cumbria were multiple winners and scooped the award for Happiest Workplace and Happiest Employee.

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New categories for National Happiness Awards 2017

New categories for National Happiness Awards 2017

We are excited to announce that this year there are new award categories including Happiest Team, Happiest Newcomer and Happiest Pupil.

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National Happiness Awards 2017 new sponsors and charity partners

National Happiness Awards 2017 new sponsors and charity partners

We are delighted to announce the launch of the National Happiness Awards 2017, which will honour the happiest workplace, the happiest school, and the happiness heroes who contribute the most to making them the happiest places in the UK.

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Last year, at our first National Happiness Awards, something special happened

Last year, at our first National Happiness Awards, something special happened

Last year, at our first National Happiness Awards, something special happened. For the first time in the UK, organisations and people from diverse sectors and backgrounds got together to celebrate happiness in all its guises. The award ceremony, held in London last November, gave guests the opportunity to swap ideas, meet like-minded people and, most importantly, have a lot of fun.

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