It’s been another bumper year with almost 200 entries from some of the happiest people and places in the UK.
After hours of deliberation, gallons of burnt midnight oil, mouthfuls of nail-biting suspense and some very tough decisions, our independent judging panel have done their duty and are now having a lie down in a darkened room.
The Wolverhampton-based NHS Leadership Development Team 'educate, develop and support other teams and individuals to maintain their happiness at work', according to Catherine Lisseman, who nominated the team for a National Happiness Award 2018. We are 'champions of positivity and ok-ness', she added in her nomination.
Mizz Twisted Cherry Studios, an aerial and alternative dance studio, in Ross-on-Wye, and Natalie Morgan-Dew, its owner, are nominated in both the Happiest Workplace, and Happiest Workplace Person categories of the National Happiness Awards 2018.
University Centre Shrewsbury is a distinctive institution, focused on high-quality teaching and research, fostering entrepreneurship, contributing to the community and, ultimately, making a global impact.
The O2 UK Territory Trainer Team's mission, who have been nominated by Jonny Cain, in the Happiest Team category of the National Happiness Awards 2018, is a training team within O2 who get people to 'think differently' with 'fun and engaging' training and creating a learning environment which delivers results.
Despite winning Happiest School in the 2017 National Happiness Awards, it appears there is still space in Fourfields Community Primary School's bulging trophy cabinet - and it looks Happiest School Person 2018 shaped.
The Camberley All Night Cafe provides food and shelter in a safe environment to veterans and the homeless. It is completely self-funded and relies on goodwill, enterprise, community fundraising and donations of food.
Kingfisher Special School has the most uplifting, beautiful kids you will ever meet - and it rocks!, according to Nicola Found, Director of Creative Learning at the school, a designated primary special school for children with complex and severe learning needs in Oldham.
Is it the scone eating demonstrations or the effervescent personality that has earned Loretta Gray, Marketing and Social Media Manager at Crestwood Community School, Eastleigh, two nominations for the Happiest School Person 2018 award? We at Laughology Towers are not sure, but frankly we don't care because we love both of them.
What has the drummer from the band Smokie, a professional golfer, an ex-Premier League footballer, a singer in a local band and Pauline the Postmistress got in common? They have all tasted the delights of school dinners at the top table in Wolviston Primary School.
Like a premiership winning side they continue to perform at the top of their game after a period of transition and expansion, along with a move to new premises. They have bonded quickly', and go out of their way for each other.
'Loretta is a light in everyone’s day...she has brought so much joy to our wider school community', according to David Tully, her colleague and an English Teacher at Crestwood Community School, who has nominated Loretta Gray in the Happiest School Person category of the National Happiness Awards 2018.
With the benefit of hindsight, it is apparent to us at the National Happiness Awards that the oeuvre of eighties comic Russ Abbot is a mixed bag. His Spanish crooner character, Julio Doubleglazias, was frankly, a lazy stereotype. And his ginger-wigged C.U. Jimmy character set English and Scottish relations back several decades. On one thing however, we can agree. Just like Russ, we love a party with a happy atmosphere. In fact, when you are organising the boldest and brightest award ceremony in the country, a happy atmosphere is not just a pre-requisite, it is essential.
Here at the National Happiness Awards we like clumsy, overblown metaphors. Which is why we like to describe our long-standing relationship with Crown House Publishing as a deeply spiritual bond. In fact, if the story of the Awards were written in biblical terms, Crown House Publishing would be there with us at the beginning, in the Garden of Eden. An Adam to our Eve.
Octopus Energy is a renewable energy company, based in London, which offers100% renewable electricity and full carbon offsets for gas. This means that from an energy point of view homes can be carbon neutral – and that means a happy planet. And what better to compliment a happy planet than a happy team?
Here at the National Happiness Awards, we never miss the opportunity to shoehorn in a clumsy 1980s cultural reference. So, to slightly paraphrase Spandau Ballet, we’d like to introduce Fit2Communicate, who also believe in our goals, and whose dedication to positive communication in education is indestructible. In fact, they are gold.
In the 1989 Kevin Costner movie, Field of Dreams, the main character, farmer Ray Kinsella, builds a baseball pitch for ghosts because a voice in his head tells him: ‘if you built it, he will come’. Underneath the Hollywood schmaltz, the movie had a message. If you follow your dreams and create the right environment, amazing things can happen.
We know what it’s like. It’s been a long hot summer already. You’re looking forward to the holidays and there’s that issue with Dave in accounts that you need to deal with. In the middle of it all, here we are, cropping up in your inbox to announce the 2018 National Happiness Awards. Hooray!
Here at the National Happiness Awards, we believe in the proverb that you can judge a person by the company they keep. Which is why we love to work with people who share our values and support our mission to celebrate the people and places making the world better through happiness.
We know what it’s like. It’s been a long, hot summer. You’re looking forward to the end of term and the holidays, and here we are, cropping up in your inbox to announce the 2018 National Happiness Awards. Hooray!
The nominations for the National Happiness Awards 2018 have only been open a few days, and already entries have started to roll in. One of our favourites so far is from Lindsey Kelly who nominated the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust Podiatry Admin team in St Albans for the Happiest Team award.