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Festival of Happiness 2019

The UK’s second one day Happiness Festival moves to Birmingham.

Self Help comedian Shonette and Dr Andy Cope create a second festival on the back of 2018’s #HappinessFestival18 success.

Paul McGee The SUMO guy, Richard Gerver, Rhythmical Mike … are just few names already on the line up!

This event is for anyone wanting to be happier or who is already happy and wants to spread the message of positivity further.

Early Bird will be avaliable till January 2019


New Dough Disco accredited course is launched!

See our School of Spread the Happiness and register for a FREE membership to sample the course.

400 families have already joined our 50 Things to do This Summer 2018!
With that amount of people completing the Happy Family Accredited Award I know this summer looks to be the best ever so far!

Why not join in?
Why not send the sheet home for parents to join in?

It’s all free fun.

For every family who joins the official FB group, on completing the task and sharing the evidence via the group, they will receive an Accredited Award Happy Family Certificate and prize!

PLUS, for every person joining the group I’m donating bricks to build classrooms in Nepal and Kenya. Join in and spread even more happiness!


Click here to join our Facebook group

Glorious weather for outdoor classrooms, Royal Weddings and I got to attend Northern Rocks the final!

Not heard of Northern Rocks? It’s a great group reclaiming pedagogy, standing up for what children really need in the education system and it’s quite political! I did wonder why I was there with my happiness to spread! Listening to others before my session I realised the one thing we want is just to be appreciated in our roles within education but I felt slightly sad and excited because what are we waiting for?

In my 23 years as a primary teacher I can count on one hand the times I’ve been ‘appreciated’. Two years ago I decided to flip that thinking and start appreciating myself and my colleagues which is exactly what the Spread The Happiness community does. Choosing this simple change impacts immediately on your world and ripples wider to infect others.

We know what we are doing in our roles, we know how children learn best, we are always open to new ideas to enhance the work we do and we pretty much, on a daily basis give 110%, so let’s start celebrating.

I’ve written a brand-new twilight or evening celebration event called ‘The Happiness Injection’ it’s self-help comedy for education to lift and inspire your whole staffroom.

You could host an event at your school (get free staff places) and invite clusters or feeder schools to join you

This year it is my mission to start a revolution in education, one that starts from within the staff in schools and then ripples and impacts on the wider world. I have been told that we need a Happiness Gang of 1000 for anyone to take any notice and from this information I am creating the Top 1000 Happiest Educators! These educators (you), are those people willing to go the extra mile, put children first and believe in the power of joining together to make a positive change for the future.

We will complete a series of six-month challenges together and commit to gathering as many educator friends and colleagues into the group.

Are you in?
Then click here to complete the nomination form:

1000 Top Educators Nomination Form

I’m so looking forward to meeting you. Let’s make change in education by showing the world how we are the top 1000 Happiest Educators.

Happy New Year! Love Shonette xx

“Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures.
It is time that we do not have enough of, it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so, we must spend it wisely.
Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning.
Time can’t be given. But it can be shared. “
 – Cecelia Ahern
My favourite quote and reminder to gift my family more of my time this holiday season.
Why? Because we all get so lost in the comparison Christmases we find on adverts and lose ourselves in the busyness that we forget just how many memory making opportunities we miss at this time of year. My staff and I a few years ago were up to our eyes in the show, cards, mince pie making and the contagious ‘tired moan’ started. Lots of our children don’t have John Lewis style Christmas, in fact one child thought he and his family were lucky as they shared a tin of custard on Christmas Day.So, let’s set aside our moans (get the wand out!) and make 2017 count up to Christmas the best memories so far for children and staff. All you need to do is click the link to register free and join in the fun by sharing your experiences via FB or twitter. Why not send the link to parents to encourage parent partnership? Recently a Mum with depression said the 50 things to do this summer had helped her more than anyone would ever know through the summer holidays.

Please can I share my exciting news?

So happy to share our very latest project – School of Spread the Happiness is now up and running!We have built a platform in which people can access CPD without leaving school!
It has my brand new Squiggle me into a Writer and Cursive Writer and free Spinderella planning and emergent writing set!It’s my intention to hold monthly web meets with different inspirations for us all to access as much forward thinking as possible!Why not join as a free member and have a look?Let me know what you think? #spreadthehappiness

Happiness – your route map to inner joy.

This funny, practical book by Andy Cope, the Dr of Happiness and Shonette, will show you how to transform your thinking, change gear and find a fresh new perspective that will leave you better focused on the things that matter, healthier and a great deal happier.

Dough Disco Charity Book

Our Dough Disco Charity Book is now available to buy!

Happiness Award

See how you can participate in our Happiness Awards.

Spread the Happiness TV

Spread the Happiness TV is full of free primary resources, take a look at our Youtube channel.

Don’t forget to check our shop for new planning and books.