Welcome to the 10 Keys to Happier Living group in West Ottawa, Ontario - run by our wonderful volunteers Catherine & Gail.
10 Keys Groups provide the opportunity to gather, either virtually or face-to-face and meet with like-minded people to learn about the 10 Keys to Happier Living - evidence-based ways to create a happier and more meaningful life - and how to put them into action.
10 Keys Groups are a great way to meet like-minded people locally, learn more about how to live a happy and meaningful life and find actions you can take to support yourself and others.
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Please note 10 Keys Groups are not a therapeutic intervention, rather an opportunity for peer learning and support in implementing the 10 Keys.
Each session will include:
We use mindfulness practice, gratitude exercises and reflecting on positive actions to help us tune in to what matters and to focus on what’s good. Tuning in gives us an opportunity to get to know each other, recognise how we’re feeling and practice mindfulness and gratitude.
We get inspired by hearing a reflection on the theme from the science of happiness through a short video or reading and speak to one another about our own experiences too. Connecting gives us an opportunity to learn about the month’s topic and how it relates to happier living, discuss some questions and learn from one another’s lived experiences.
This is the most important part of the session, as it is where we get to implement our learning. Inspired by the discussion, everyone commits to an action they’d like to take over the month ahead. Taking action gives us an opportunity to set small, manageable goals to put into practice what we’ve learnt and gradually nudge how we feel over time.
Underpinning the session are our ‘Five Golden Rules’ which are designed to ensure participants agree to principles to respect and support each other:
We really listen to each other.
We practice giving each other our full attention and valuing the perspectives, experiences and insights that everyone brings.
We are open about our feelings.
We notice our feelings and practice being open about them, recognising that being a little vulnerable in this way helps us all to connect.
We focus on what is working well.
We practice turning our attention to the positive and valuable, such as the things we feel grateful for and can learn from.
We practice safe boundaries.
We recognise this is not a space with a lot of mental health support. With this in mind, we make wise decisions about how much we open up so we don’t feel too vulnerable or uncomfortable.
We maintain a spirit of kindness.
We find ways to be kind to ourselves and one another throughout the session, and practice this kindness regularly.