Be Happy – the launch of Upbeat Streets

What a fabulous way to start a Monday morning, singing along with fellow happy people!

Myself with fellow Happiness Champion Asif Khan

Myself with fellow Happiness Champion Asif Khan

Today I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Upbeat Streets at the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House in Clifton. This event was organised by the fantastic Happy City Bristol and I was delighted to attend as a nominated Happiness Champion. The date of 20th January was significant as it has been named Blue Monday, Upbeat Streets is here to combat any negativity.

All those that attended were treated to a viewing of the short film that has been created by Bristol based film maker Marina Perez to celebrate all that is good in our city. The film will also be shown on the big screen in Millennium Square, as well as being screened at the Watershed.

Lord Mayor Faruk Choudhury told us this was one of the best events he had been involved with, as he always likes to be with happy people! He went on to talk about Bristol being a Cycling City, a Green City, a thriving City, a Creative City and today a Happy City!

Lord Mayor Faruk Choudhury with the happy choir!

Lord Mayor Faruk Choudhury with the happy choir!

Upbeat Streets is Happy City’s first project of 2014 and they would love as many people as possible to get involved. To take part all you have to do is capture and share what makes you feel good about your local neighbourhood and where you work, rest and play. You can use a camera or a mobile phone. The main thing is to take a picture of something that makes you happy and upload it to the website, http://www.happycity.org.uk/project/upbeat-streets Or you can upload an image using Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest with the hashtag #upbeatstreets along with a post code or street name, where it will become part of a rolling gallery of the best things in every corner of Bristol. It might be a quirky bit of street art, the kindness of a stranger or a sign of nature bursting through the urban jungle. Whatever it is that brings you a moment of real happiness, capture it, share it and add to the growing pride in Bristol and its people.

I have already uploaded several images from our fabulous community and the images certainly cheered my day up.

The bigger idea behind this project is to try and encourage people to look, notice and appreciate the things going on around them and celebrate the little things that make you smile in life. Go forth and be part of the Happy Bristol revolution please.

www.happycity.org.uk

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