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The Laughology National Happiness Awards is a non-profit event which recognises and honours the happiest schools, pupils, teachers, head teachers and school teams in the UK.

They are judged by an independent panel of experts and culminate in a gala awards evening of fun and glamour.The awards recognise happiness heroes from from education, the public sector and business.2018 marks the third year the awards have been running and each year they grow in size and profile.They are the only awards of their kind in Britain and attract significant media attention.As a community interest company, the awards promote research and best practice in education mental health.

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Happiness Award Winners 2018

Happiness Award Winners 2018 are announced in a glittering awards ceremony at MediaCityUK

There wasn’t a dry eye (or a dry glass) in the house on Friday night when the winners were announced for the National Happiness Awards. Emotions and spirits were high as one-by-one, our happiness heroes took to the stage. Over 200 entries were whittled down to our final shortlist, and ultimately our seven winners, who were each honoured at the glittering ceremony in MediaCityUK, Salford. The event was hosted by Laughology’s very own Stephanie Davies and Dave Keeling and over 150 people attended. We are delighted to announce the winners and thank everyone who nominated, entered and supported the award. You are all happiness heroes.

Happiest Workplace: Bupa Place, Salford Quays, Manchester

Creating the happiest place to work was the core mission when Bupa developed its new offices, Bupa Place. The space is focused on ensuring every one of the 2500 people based there love working there.

Happiest Workplace was won by Bupa Place, who had put a lot of hard work in to making their space a positive, well and happy place to be

Happiest Workplace Person: Natalie Morgan-Dew, Mizz Twisted Cherry, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Natalie has overcome personal and health challenges and turned her experiences into positives which she uses to support and encourage others. She runs an alternative dance studio which teaches burlesque and pole dancing but which has also become a support network for the women who go there. Natalie has helped and has been a support for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, bereaved parents and people going through a range of personal and health difficulties.

Natalie Morgan-Dew, Mizz Twisted Cherry, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire was the well-deserved Happiest Workplace person winner.

Happiest Team: Theodora Children’s Charity, London

The charity runs a team of ‘Giggle Doctors’ who are specially trained performers who visit children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres. Last year they visited over 33,000 children, bringing light and laughter to them and their families while helping to increase opportunities for play, reduce stress and anxiety and improve experiences of the medical environment.

A well deserved Happiest Team winner, Theodora Children’s Charity represented by Alice Barley.

Happiest Secondary School: Thistley Hough Academy, Stoke-on-Trent

Thistley Hough Academy has been in special measures twice in its history and was once deemed ‘unsaveable’ and came close to closure. With leadership, determination and creativity it has continued to improve and is now graded as Good with Outstanding features. This renaissance has been underpinned by works with a wide range of partners and has developed long-established relationships and completed many successful projects, including a lunchtime darts club for pupils and a visiting dentistry service.

Happiest Secondary school, Thistley Hough Academy, Stoke-on-Trent bounded to the stage, delighted to have won after working so hard to not only make the school a happy place but to ensure great standards too.

Happiest School Person: Stephen Hill, St Joseph’s RC Junior, Infant and Nursery School

Stephen Hill is determined to make a difference to childrens’ lives in his own school and the wider community. He has a desire to mould the children he teaches into well-rounded, fun loving, caring individuals.

Stephen Hill, St Joseph’s RC Junior, Infant and Nursery School was Happiest School Person. He couldn’t join us that evening as was busy raising awareness for other worthy causes, but had some colleagues attend

Happiest Pupil 2018 Shawn Sequeira, Lime Tree Primary School, Surbiton, Surrey

Shawn is blind, but is not defined by his disability, nor does he use it as an excuse not to have a go at something and sets his goals high. He drums, cooks, dances and takes a proactive role in helping others at his school and beyond understand blindness. He has a thirst of knowledge, an enthusiasm for learning and a zest for life.

The room couldn’t hold back the tears when Happiest Pupil, Shawn Sequeira of Lime Tree Primary School, Surbiton, Surrey came to collect his trophy and made a speech.

Happiest Primary School: Flakefleet Primary School, Fleetwood, Lancs

Flakefleet has seen its fortunes turn around dramatically thanks to staff who go above and beyond to support pupils. Situated in an area of high deprivation, many children and families need additional support. Staff have helped feed children, wash their clothes and even provide presents at birthdays and Christmas when necessary, which is all done with discretion and dignity.

Winners of Happiest Primary school – Flakefleet primary school. We think the whole school came along with a very proud Head teacher, Mr McPartlin saying a few thoughtful words.

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National Happiness Awards 2018

National Happiness Awards 2019

It's always award season at the National Happiness Awards because happiness never stops.

Awards 19 preparations underway   Behind the scenes we’re already busy preparing for this year’s event to make sure it’s the biggest, best and sparkliest one to date (we made that word up). We can already reveal that the 2019 National Happiness Awards will be held in London in November.Don't miss out   We’ll be releasing more details from next month and throughout the year so if you are a school, organisation or individual and would like to know more, you can keep up to date with our news by subscribing to our mailing list below. We’ll also be updating the website with information and news as its released.Find out more about the awards   In the meantime, if you are new to The National Happiness Awards, or you know about us and want to relive the glory of last year’s event, go to the National Happiness Awards 2018 winner's page, or scroll down this page to find out more about last year's awards.In the meantime, continue putting in place the initiatives and actions in your organisation or school that spread happiness. You could be a happiness hero this year too.

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NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2018

Thank you to all the businesses, organisations and schools, who have submitted a nomination. The awards shortlist will be published on Monday, 5th November 2018.

Nominations are closed

Friday, 16th November, 2018

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Now in their third year, the Happiness Awards is the UK’s boldest and brightest honours scheme, where happiness pioneers in the workplace and in education are rewarded for making the world a better place.

There are six categories in this year's National Happiness Awards

Happiness in the workplace

Happiest WorkplacePrize: £3000 of Laughology training

Happiest Workplace PersonPrize: £300 voucher of choice

Happiest TeamPrize: £300 voucher of choice to share (under 10 people), £500 voucher of choice to share (over 10 people)

Nominations are welcomed from businesses, charities and public sector organisations, Nominations can be submitted by owners, team members, clients and members of the public.

Happiness in education

Happiest School Prize: £1000 of vouchers of your choice and £1000 of Laughology training

Happiest School PersonPrize: £300 voucher of choice

Happiest PupilPrize: £100 voucher of their choice

Nominations are welcomed from all levels of education. Nominations can be submitted by teachers, support staff, pupils, parents and member of the public.

“We were over the moon. There were some amazing businesses in the awards, so it was brilliant to win.”

“I am privileged to have won the award.”

“We work really hard to look after our people and make the office a great place to work. It is great to win.”

Nomination deadline

Nominations close at midnight on Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

Happiness. What is it?

Real happiness – or realistic happiness (because you can’t be happy all the time) - is a complex mix of mindsets and emotional states which combine to create positivity, resilience and robust mental health. So many elements affect happiness, including exercise, diet and security. Our research tells us that realistic happiness is made of five main drivers. These are confidence, coping skills, positive relationships, support and personal development. Within each of these there are other factors, such as a sense of purpose. When people and organisations understand this and break down each element they can start to devise interventions and initiatives that will positively impact on people’s happiness. Happiness is: Confidence Personal development and autonomy Positive relationships Mutual support Resilience and the ability to cope “Happiness the greatest gift that I possess.” Ken Dodd It isn’t: A cigar called Hamlet

Happiest places in the UK

The National Happiness Awards recognise and honour the happiest people and places in the UK. They are judged by an independent panel of experts and culminate in a gala awards evening of fun and glamour. The awards recognise happiness heroes from business, the public sector and education. 2018 marks the third year the awards have been running and each year they have grown in size and profile. They are the only awards of their kind in Britain and attract significant media attention.

Pssst! Here’s what the judges will be looking for…

Laughology is all about the science of happiness. Our high-brow boffins have studied it and worked out the equation for creating happy people and organisations. Confidence + personal development + mutual support + positive relationships + coping skills = happiness. Any organisation, leader or person that takes measures to promote these five elements will be creating happiness. And the judges will be looking for evidence of each of these themes in your submission. Check out the links here to discover what the judges look for in team and individual categories and also have a look at the judging criteria for ideas about how organisations – both workplaces and schools - can create happiness. We hope this information helps but most of all, the judges want to hear your unique stories and the innovative ways you are putting happiness at the heart of what you do. So don’t get too hung up on the detail. And don’t forget, our judges love material such as photos, videos, testimonials, feedback and press cuttings.

Judges

The Laughology team are honoured to partner with an esteemed panel of successful leaders who will help judge the National Happiness Awards.

Aaron is a passionate believer in bringing together the power of people and innovative technology to make a positive difference to people’s lives at work, particularly in our increasingly digital age. He is an HR transformation specialist, global programme director, entrepreneur and Founder of LACE Partners (2017 finalists in the Happiest Team Award). He is known for delivering complex and challenging projects with global clients, such as Cushman & Wakefield, Credit Suisse, LafargeHolcim, Marks & Spencer, UBS, Zurich Insurance, HSBC, Coke Enterprises and BT. What Aaron is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 - With increasing change, whether it’s digital or post-Brexit, we must focus on what makes a real difference in our organisations – the happiness of people. Aaron is looking for great stories about how organisations and individuals are making a positive difference to people’s lives at work.

David is Managing Director and co-founder of Crown House Publishing. He worked for British Gas in management services before starting in education publishing. His company’s books focus on positive education and independent thinking and learning. What David is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 - A person or school who is relentlessly positive in everything they do and who inspires others to be the same. Someone who looks for the best in others and encourages them to shine.

Gill joined CIPD in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training and was appointed a director for the newly formed directorate of careers & CPD in September 2013. Since then she has taken responsibility for the content, commercial, regional and international teams. She is currently the business and markets development director. Her remit covers commercial enterprises, business development and the international and regional areas.Gill delivers speeches and workshops around the world which focus on the future of learning and development, leadership, strategic alignment and behavioural science.Prior to working for the CIPD, Gill has held a variety of L&D leadership roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP. She also held operational roles at consultancy IDology, Whitbread, Greenall’s and Vodafone.Gill holds the prestigious IOD chartered director status, one of only 1,000 in the UK. She is also a fellow of both the IOD and CIPD. Gill’s main passion beyond learning and behavioural science remains her love of wine, something she studied to degree level when working in the trade. She is never happier than when reading a book on the brain, accompanied by a nice pinot noir.What Gill is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 - What I look for is the additional evidence – like videos or photos that help bring the entry to life. Anything that really helps demonstrate the impact that the intervention has had makes it more compelling.

Ian is an award-winning author and editor. He established Independent Thinking in 1994. His best-selling books include Essential Motivation in the Classroom, Why do I Need a Teacher when I’ve got Google and Independent Thinking. His latest book is an Amazon number one collaborative epic entitled, controversially, The Working Class.What Ian is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 - At a time when schools, heads and teachers are overworked, underfunded and vastly underappreciated, how are the schools working to make sure that childhood remains magical for all the children in their community?

Justin has been delivering communication professionally since 2001. Having initially worked in financial services and education, he is now fully focused on making a difference in education through communication. Justin and Karen Dempster co-founded Fit2Communicate in 2014 and are working with over 30 schools nationally, to help them communicate so students can be happy and at their best. Justin previously worked with Zurich Insurance, Pearson Learning and Allianz. In recognition of the highest level of excellence and achievement in the profession, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Communication. Justin is also a school governor and triathlon coach and is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams. What Justin is looking for in entries to the National Happiness Awards 2018 –Justin wants to learn more about what schools are doing to build happiness, particularly through great communication.

Karen has been a communications expert since 1996, working originally in marketing and public relations and then in broader communication and change. She takes a fresh approach to communication, understanding motivations and concerns and developing effective approaches that build curiosity, create energy and connect. She is passionate about breaking down communication barriers to education, so children can be happy and at their best. Karen and Justin Robbins co-founded Fit2Communicate in 2014 and are working with over 30 schools nationally, to help them communicate so that students can be happy and at their best. She previously worked with The Natural History Museum, Zurich Insurance, Pearson Learning, Yoox Net-a-Porter and Cushman & Wakefield. In recognition of the highest level of excellence and achievement in the profession, Karen is a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Communication. She is also a professional photographer. What Karen is looking for in entries to the National Happiness Awards 2018 – Karen is excited about hearing the interesting stories from schools and individuals about what makes them happy in what they do, and of course how communication makes a difference to their happiness.

Kerry worked in youth social work before her legal career. She practised as a disputes lawyer at Burges Salmon before moving to legal education and leading the Legal Practice Course at the University of the West of England. She developed the University of Law’s presence in the South West as Director of its Bristol branch before returning to Burges Salmon where she leads the L&D team.What Kerry is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 - I’m looking for entries demonstrating that people have thought individually and collectively about what well-being means. I am looking for entries that show a real commitment to improving the physical and mental health of themselves and others around them and understand the relationship between the two. Do people show an interest in others and support each other when the pressure is on? I’m looking for the business equivalent of ‘the family that plays together stays together’.

Physiologist Nerina Ramlakhan PhD has over 20 years experience in maximising individual and organisational performance. She founded BUPA’s Corporate Wellbeing Solutions and has worked extensively in the public and private sector. After completing her post-doctoral training and research into the effects of lifestyle interventions on mental disorders, she spent five years in corporate health screening before studying organisational psychiatry and psychology at Guys Hospital. For over a decade she worked with the Nightingale Psychiatric Hospital in London on their sleep, energy & physical health programmes. Nerina’s work with individuals and organisations includes motivational and leadership programmes, wellness and wnergy programmes, return to work coaching following long-term sickness absence and burnout prevention. She also runs regular sleep/energy workshops for women recovering from cancer at the Haven Centre in Fulham. Nerina’s work is featured regularly in the national press and she has appeared on BBC radio, GMTV, ITV’s This Morning, CNN and SKY NEWS. Nerina is the sleep advisor to the Silent Night bed company and Melia Hotels and Resorts. What Nerina is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 -I'll be looking for initiatives that bring happiness into organisations and examples of the impact these have. How do they engage their people and are the initiatives measurable? For the individual awards I'll be looking at the actions the nominees do and how these impact on the people around them.  Is their happiness infectious? 

Rob is managing director of Simply Better Events, a full-service events agency. Their purpose is to inspire people to think, feel and do things differently and they do this by creating remarkable event experiences.Simply Better recognise the important role that live events have in creating positive employee engagement, which in turn leads to a happier, more productive workplace. They are therefore delighted to be sponsoring the National Happiness Awards for a second year running.What Rob is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 - “Afters” are key for me. It’s not just about programmes or processes that have been put in place, but more about the tangible impact that these initiatives have had…so measurement is key!

Sue Blyth is the head teacher of Fourfields Community Primary School in Peterborough; Britain’s Happiest School in 2017.Prior to going into teaching, Sue was a professional singer and toured the world performing in theatres and concert halls. However, the desire to make education more inspiring and fun for children was too strong, and before long she found herself in the classroom putting her stage experience to better use.Sue has been a head teacher now for five years and leads her school by the SHINE values: successful, happy, inspirational learning experiences in a nurturing environment that makes children excited to come to school each day. Growing veg for the school kitchen, re-enacting the Battle of Hastings, lighting camp fires, singing loudly and reading on their very own double decker bus, is all part of the fun!What Sue is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 - A school which is flourishing because it constantly seeks out innovative ways to ensure happiness and security for children, parents and staff.

Judging criteria

The criteria for the National Happiest Workplace is a bit of a whopper, so we thought you may prefer it in a downloadable Word format - but it is well worth a read!

Judges will be looking for evidence of: Creativity and innovation in the way the nominee supports and encourages others and examples of how they go the extra mile to ensure colleagues are happy A clear narrative that demonstrates how the nominee inspires, engages and contributes to the overall happiness in the organisation How the nominee has a positive impact on the organisation and the community beyond The positive impact the individual has on the organisation from staff feedback and testimonials from peers

Judges will be looking for evidence of: A team which demonstrates an original and innovative approach to people development, promoting wellbeing and communicating positive messages about mental health and happiness A clear narrative that demonstrates how the team excels in collaborative working and leadership A rounded approach showing how the team positively impacts on other functions and the wider business Key metrics, staff feedback and anecdotes that demonstrate how the team has strengthened the organisation

The criteria for the National Happiest School award is a bit of a whopper, so we thought you may prefer it in a downloadable Word format - it's well worth a read!

Judges will be looking for evidence of: Original and innovative ideas for contributing to the overall happiness of the school A clear narrative that demonstrates how the person inspires, engages and contributes to the overall happiness, wellbeing and positive mental health in the school How the person adds value to the school in terms of promoting happiness and children’s development beyond the curriculum inside and outside of the classroom

Judges will be looking for evidence of: A creative and curious approach for getting the most out of school life A clear narrative that demonstrates what the student has achieved and in what context The positive impact the pupil has on the school to promote happiness

Last year's winners and runners-up

2018 AWARDS SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

Education Gold sponsor

Fit2Communicate

We work with schools across the UK, helping them develop a range of vital  effective positive communication skills. We help schools develop better partnerships with parents, leading to stronger parental engagement. We also help them to create a teacher experience that builds retention. We strengthen leadership teams and create authentic marketing strategies that reflect a school’s vision and values. The result is a better experience for teachers, parents and pupils. We also help school teams through changes while building engagement, trust and resilience. It's great to be sponsors of such a prestigious event as the National Happiness Awards, and as judges, we are looking forward to being involved in the judging process. www.fit2communicate.com

Gold venue sponsor

The Landing

The Landing gives digital SMEs and micro-businesses a place to work alongside large media and technology organisations, allowing them to be part of and benefit from the exciting and rapidly growing community at MediaCityUK. Spanning seven floors, we combine all cross-sections of the digital creative industry to create a unique environment where SMEs can thrive. From digital workflow, post production and interactive media labs to meeting, working and social spaces, we offer everything under one roof. www.thelanding.org.uk

Workplace Gold sponsor

Lace Partners Ltd

We are fundamentally different to traditional consultancies.We share a passion and belief that people hold the key to unlocking company value. We are a global consultancy equipped with a pioneering mix of HR change specialists and progressive technologies.We provide a bespoke service to help you solve your business and technology challenges.Our operating model drives innovation, quality and value at a competitive price.Lace Partners

Silver business sponsor

Simply Better Events are a full service events agency you can trust to deliver every time. We’re proud to work with some of the UK's best-loved brands, helping them to create remarkable experiences that inspire their staff, customers or stakeholders to think, feel and do things differently. www.simplybetterevents.com

Silver education sponsor

Crown House Publishing is an award-winning publisher of professional development resources for teachers and school leaders. We are dedicated to publishing top quality books that help schools to nurture skilled, intuitive, self-directed learners who can think independently and work collaboratively and who are emotionally resilient enough to cope with challenges and realise their full learning potential. We are delighted to be sponsoring the Laughology Happiness Awards as laughter and enjoyment are vital both to improving wellbeing in schools and to the learning process in general. www.crownhouse.co.uk

Bronze business sponsor

Traditional Sweets, customised gift boxes and tins. Satisfy your sweet tooth. Get your sweets online at  www.hannams.co.uk.

Supporters

Awards Charity Partners 2018

Salford homeless charities

Salford homeless charities Salford loaves and fishes and Narrowgate are vital in providing care, shelter and food to vulnerable people and rough sleepers. Paul Dennett, City Mayor of Salford said: 'I am delighted that the National Happiness Awards 2018 have chosen Salford Homeless charities as their partner charity this year.  Salford Homeless charities; Salford Loaves & Fishes and Narrowgate undertake valued work in providing support to homeless, rough sleepers and vulnerable people in Salford.' Find out more about Salford loaves and fishes... Find out more about Narrowgate...

BBC Children in Need

Children in Need provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. We are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices. Find out more about Children in Need...

WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP FROM THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2017

The Laughology National Happiness Awards 2017 were presented at a special ceremony on Friday, 18th November, 2016, at CIPD, London.

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National Happiness Awards

The Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 came to a glittering conclusion on Friday, 18th November, 2016, when the happiest people and places in the UK were honoured at a ceremony in London.

The awards were staged to celebrate Laughology’s tenth anniversary and to recognise like-minded people and places who harness the power of happiness to improve lives.

The winners of the National Happiness awards 2016, chosen by an independent panel of judges, were:

Silverdale Primary Academy impressed judges with its commitment to creating a happy environment for staff and pupils. Initiatives include a website to track pupil happiness and a year-round competition to ensure happiness stays at the forefront of school life. Pupils even go to other schools to tell them how to be happier.

Stuart McLean Vice Principal of Silverdale Primary Academy said: “It is a tremendous accolade and validates the work we do in the school which is based on positivity and happiness, which is embedded in all we do with our children and staff. We couldn’t ask for a better team of staff and children at the Academy and that’s what it’s all about for us.”

Jane Thomas runs the UK’s first Happy-centred school and places pupil well-being and happiness above all else. She has introduced a school curriculum which runs alongside the National Curriculum and encourages important childhood experiences, such as making mud pies and going to the theatre.

She said: “It’s humbling to win because it is really a team effort. Happiness is the keystone of any school. Children don’t want to come to school if they don’t feel safe, listened to, and happy. If they don’t feel like they can succeed and thrive they don’t want to learn. The awards have been amazing. To have so many like-minded people in the same room has been overwhelming.”

The Outward Bound Trust’s commitment to staff happiness and well-being impressed judges. Described as an amazing and inspiring place to work, the Trust has developed an initiative called ‘The Way We Work Together’. It enshrines and encourages values of mutual respect, autonomy, engagement and inclusiveness.

Francesca Scott, Outward Bound Trust Head of People Strategy, said: “We are over the moon because we’ve worked really hard to make the Outward Bound Trust somewhere where people really want to come and work. There were some amazing businesses in the awards so it was brilliant to win.”

The Outward Bound Trust’s commitment to staff happiness and well-being impressed judges. Described as an amazing and inspiring place to work, the Trust has developed an initiative called ‘The Way We Work Together’. It enshrines and encourages values of mutual respect, autonomy, engagement and inclusiveness.

Francesca Scott, Outward Bound Trust Head of People Strategy, said: “We are over the moon because we’ve worked really hard to make the Outward Bound Trust somewhere where people really want to come and work. There were some amazing businesses in the awards so it was brilliant to win.”

The full list of 2016 winners and runners up are:

Happiest Business or Organisation

1. The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria

2. Spencers Solicitors, Chesterfield

JOINT THIRD PLACE

3. Edelman UK, London

3. giffgaff, Slough

Happiest Leader, Manager or Employee

1. Rob Smith, The Outward Bound Trust, Gwynedd

JOINT SECOND PLACE

2. Ruth Thomas, Westwood Early Years Centre, Flintshire Early Years and Family Support Service

2. Martin Cooper, The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria

Happiest School

1. Silverdale Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-sea

2. St. Matthew’s Primary School, Luton

3. Highfield South Farnham, Farnham, Surrey

Happiest Teacher, Headteacher or Support Staff

1. Jane Thomas, St. Matthew’s Primary School

JOINT SECOND PLACE

2. Ian Melloy, Heathfields Infant School, Tamworth

2. Gregory West, Highfield South Farnham

The 2016 awards were sponsored by Herman Miller and Crown House Publishing and supported by government happiness adviser Sir Anthony Seldon who said: “The awards are important because they recognise that happiness is not just a nebulous concept. It is a vital component in the human condition that needs to be encouraged and nurtured in all areas of life.”

Laughology founder and CEO, Stephanie Davies, said: “Our winners and all our finalists have been amazing. The awards are our way of recognising and honouring those in the UK who, like us, are making the world a better place through happiness. I’ve been blown away by the reaction to the first ever Happiness Awards and this will now become an annual event that we know will grow bigger and bigger each year.

“They have captured the imagination of people and organisations across the UK and they prove that both business and education take happiness seriously.”

Watch the 2016 winners and runners-up talk about their awards

Happiest headteacher

Jane Thomas, headteacher of St Matthew's Primary School, the happiest Headteacher in the UK 

Happiest organisation or business

The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria.

Happiest school

Silverdale Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex. 

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Gallery of the winners and runners-up from the National Happiness Awards 2016

NOMIANTIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2017

Nominations close at midnight on Friday, 20th October, 2017

Friday, 17th November, 2017

CIPD Wimbledon, 151 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1JQ

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The National Happiness Awards 2016

At Laughology, we like to reward happiness in all its guises, because happiness not only makes us feel good, it makes us be good too. It provokes productivity, it boosts health, it makes us better people and it improves learning on every level.

To mark our tenth anniversary, we are holding the first Laughology Happiness Awards. We want to honour happiest business, organisation, or school, and the happiness hero who contributes the most to making them the happiest place to work in the UK. If you are a school, business, or if you work in the public sector, we want you to nominate your #happinessHeroes2016 and tell us why they deserve an award.

There are four categories in the Laughology Happiness Awards 2016:

Businesses and organisations 

  • Happiest Business or Organisation category
  • Happiest Leader, Manager or Employee category

Find out more about the happiness award criteria and prizes...

Schools

  • Happiest School category
  • Happiest Teacher, Head Teacher or Support Staff category

Find out more about the happiness award criteria and prizes...

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Sir Anthony Seldon

 

Sir Anthony Seldon backs the happiness awards

Sir Anthony Seldon is one of the country’s leading experts on happiness. As well as being a political historian, commentator on British political leadership as well as education and contemporary Britain. He is also Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham.

Sir Anthony is backing the happiness awards as plans progress and will be one of our valued contributors.

Sir Anthony Seldon, supporter and valued contributor to the Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 says, 'get off your butt, fill in a form, and make the world happier.'

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Why should you enter?

The Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 are the first of their kind in the UK. We decided it was about time that organisations recognised the importance of happiness and making it count for their people.  We know that when organisations invest in initiatives that promote happy working, their engagement scores rise.  Entering your business or school for the Laughology Happiness Awards will show your employees and external customers that you value the importance of happy and engaged teams and are committed to promoting happiness.

What are the benefits?

Being nominated, short-listed or winning one of our Happiness Awards is our direct endorsement of the positive work culture at your business or school. Laughology is considered a pioneer in the art of using happiness and humour to improve motivation and productivity at work. 

Laughology Happiness Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of your teams so being nominated and potentially winning an award is an excellent way to boost staff morale. It can also help attract new business and talent to your company or school.

Entering a deserving colleague to our awards can serve as a way to thank them publicly and show appreciation for all they do to build a happy, healthy and positive work environment.

How will the Laughology Happiness Awards be judged?

The Laughology team are honoured to partner with Ian Gilbert, founder and CEO of Independent Thinking, Gill White, Capability and Career Development Director at CIPD and David Bowman, Managing Director of Crown House Publishing Ltd, who will help judge the Happiness Awards.  Each nomination will be judged on the criteria detailed on the entry forms.  Three finalists for each award will be selected and invited to the awards ceremony.  

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The judges

Ian Gilbert

Ian Gilbert

Ian is an award-winning author and editor, a leading educational speaker and entrepreneur and a man who the IB World magazine named as one of its top 15 educational ‘visionaries’. He established Independent Thinking in 1994 as a platform where leading practitioners to share their work in bringing the best out of all children. 

He is the author of several best-selling books including Essential Motivation in the Classroom and Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google? His latest book, Independent Thinking, was published in 2014.

Gill White


Gill White CIPD

Gill joined CIPD in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training and was appointed in September 2014 to head up the newly-formed Directorate of Knowledge and Capability.

Prior to working for the CIPD, Gill has held a variety of Head of L&D roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP. She also held operational roles; such as MD of the consultancy IDology; Op’s manager for Whitbread, Greenalls and Vodafone.Gill holds the prestigious Chartered Director status.

David Bowman

David Bowman

David Bowman is Managing Director of Crown House Publishing Ltd, a company he co-founded in 1997. After leaving university he worked for British Gas in Management Services for 8 years before leaving to ‘do something more meaningful with my life’. He now publishes books for teachers and school leaders on promoting independent thinking and learning and the benefits of positive education.

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  3. Make sure we receive the forms before midnight on 17th Oct 2016.

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National Happiness Awards 2017 nomination form

Welcome to the National Happiness Awards 2017 nomination form

This form has four sections and should only take you a few minutes to fill in, they are:

Your nomination category and why you think your nomination should win an award

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Finally, push the big blue button at the end of the form to submit your nomination and good luck. You will be informed no later than the 3rd of November 2017 if your nomination has made it to the finalists shortlist, or not, for the awards ceremony on 17th November.

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call us on 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Nominations are now closed for this year's awards.

Winners and runners-up will be informed by Friday 3rd November 2017.

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