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Join a Group

One of the happiness-project resolutions that I’ve found to be most effective – and also the most fun – is to join or start a group.

Being part of a group is a terrific way to make new friends, deepen existing friendships, have fun, create a sense of belonging, and spend time thinking about a subject that interests you.

People all over the world have started groups for people doing happiness projects together. These groups swap ideas, build enthusiasm, give encouragement, and – perhaps most important – hold each other accountable. (Think AA and Weight Watchers.)

If you’d like help launching a group for people doing happiness projects together, email me at grubin at gretchenrubin dot com to get a copy of the starter kit.

If you’re looking for a group in your area, here’s the current list. (If you don’t see contact information, the group isn’t taking new members.) A plea! If you’re in a group, please let me know by answering six quick questions. I want to know about your group.

ALABAMA:

Auburn
Email: cdonald@aces.edu

Birmingham
Website: www.yearsofhappiness.com

Huntsville
Meetup Page: http://tinyurl.com/7bew6os

Pell City
MeetUp Page: http://goo.gl/IQiDL

ARKANSAS:

Jonesboro
Email: cjevans38@yahoo.com

ARIZONA:

Casa Grande
Email: wynd0124@yahoo.com

Maricopa
Email: patriziaaw@hotmail.com

CALIFORNIA:

Big Bear
Website: www.BigBearSinglesMixer.com

Cameron Park
Email: tamera@peacewitheverystep.com

Corte Madera
Website: www.atlasquest.com

Fresno
Email: Jennibrazil@yahoo.com

Lakeport
Email: nbenkelman@wildblue.net

Lake Forrest
Website: www.DrivenFitnessNow.com

La Crescenta
Email: shoge@GUSD.net

Long Beach
Email: barbararobins@live.com

Los Angeles
Email: sweet69dee@sbcglobal.net

Los Angeles
Email: Pedsierra@aol.com

Merced
Email: viani.linda@yahoo.com

Mission Viejo
Facebook Page: http://goo.gl/xHlFK

Palo Alto
Website: http://tinyurl.com/7xnlrxa

San Diego (South Orange City)
Email: wendy@chronicallydistracted.com or maegan@chronicallydistracted.com

San Francisco
Website: http://tinyurl.com/7lbycbl

San Jose
Email: beastrickland@aol.com

San Marcos
Email: superjori4@hotmail.com

San Rafael
Email: n.tuhtan@comcast.net

Tarzana
Email: info@goodlifeacademy.net

Tehachapi
Facebook Page: http://goo.gl/zFR2B

Vacaville
Email: cantrellke81961@yahoo.com

Woodland Hills
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sfvhappiness/

COLORADO:

Littleton
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/QuantumFaith

DELAWARE:

Dover
Email: Stacy997@gmail.com

Wilmington
Email: Susanjacobsx@gmail.com

FLORIDA:

Altamonte Springs
Email: ynkegrl32854@yahoo.com

Gulfport
Email: lauradclarke@gmail.com

Hollywood
Website: www.zeblaru.com

Port St. Lucie
Email: carmentorbus@gmail.com

Saint Petersburg
Email: yvonne@yvonneulmer.com

Tarpon Springs
Email: jean@stillwaterscounselingcenter.com

GEORGIA:

Athens
Email: Kat at katcason@gmail.com

Buford
Email: lindarae99@aol.com

Kennesaw
Email: aevans@kennesaw.edu

Lagrange
Email: davidskinner38@gmail.com

ILLINOIS:

Byron
Email: JeannineH@byron.lib.il.us

Champaign
Email: Chris at Christine@buildalife.com

Schaumburg
MeetUp Page: http://goo.gl/rpuma

West Chicago
Email: birdie@suburbanbird.com

INDIANA:

Bloomington
Email: krclarke3@yahoo.com

Crown Point
Email: amylou530@gmail.com

KANSAS:

Wichita
Email: cezarbecky13@hotmail.com

KENTUCKY:

Louisville
Email: sierrabeth10@gmail.com

Lexington
Email: jlewis@southlnadchristian.org

LOUISIANA:

New Orleans
Email: jennifer.k.huber@gmail.com

MAINE:

Belfast
Email: mediate@voanne.org

Cumberland
Email: dilee@maine.rr.com

MARYLAND:

Baltimore
Email: melhughes49@gmail.com

Baltimore
Email: Bridgetstrama@yahoo.com

Montgomery County
Website: www.AdventurousWomen.net

MASSACHUSETTS:

Duxbury
Email: cahpatfan@comcast.net

MICHIGAN:

Alto
Email: tenorgirl21@gmail.com

Davison
Email: kattie_mcmullen@hotmail.com

East Lansing
Email: thejoyworker@yahoo.com

Fraser
Email: nelsonsbeltran@gmail.com

Holland
Email: butterfussk@gmail.com

MINNESOTA:

Edina
Website: http://goo.gl/pqQZy

Minneapolis
Email: mjgraf@stkate.edu

Rochester
Email: jaquelinerayne@gmail.com

MISSOURI:

Kansas City
Email: mexicanalc@yahoo.com

MONTANA:

Billings
Email: squirt933@yahoo.com

NEVADA:

Las Vegas
Email: letstalk@herestogirlfriends.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Loudon
Email: mediate@voanne.org

Manchester
MeetUp Page: http://tinyurl.com/82zporm

NEW JERSEY:

Belmar
Email: staci2h@aol.com 

Bridgewater
MeetUp Page: http://goo.gl/MkPTj

NEW MEXICO:

Albuquerque
Email: maryringer@yahoo.com

Albuquerque
Email: charliechristian@hotmail.com

NEW YORK:

Belle Harbor
Email: lizscholander@me.com

Long Island
Website: www.mismatchtheclown.com

Long Island
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/527191967306909/
MeetUp Page: http://www.meetup.com/li-happiness/
Email: allison.matus@gmail.com

New York
Email: pkhusial@gmail.com 

Syracuse
Email: donna631@gmail.com

NORTH CAROLINA:

Chandler
Website: http://cslasheville.org/

Columbia
Email: darlenecovington@yahoo.com

NORTH DAKOTA:

Fargo
Email: journeycounselors@gmail.com

OHIO:

Cincinnati
Email: hannare14@msn.com

Dayton
Email: erbrowning937@gmail.com

New Albany
Email: zoe@ultimateu.org

Toledo
Email: mmfox@bex.net

PENNSYLVANIA:

Bethlehem
Email: haydenbrookstudios@earthlink.net

Philadelphia
Email: dallasstobaugh@gmail.com

Philadelphia
Email: philahappinessproject@gmail.com

Philadelphia
Email: orangeburritomonkey@gmail.com

SOUTH CAROLINA:

Clover
Website: http://tinyurl.com/7fos6fl 

TENNESSEE:

Chattanooga
Email: mit954@aol.com

Knoxville
Email: Supervisor210@breakthroughknoxville.com

Memphis
Email: anne_ot@hotmail.com

Savannah
Email: freasabird2003@yahoo.com

TEXAS:

Amarillo
Email: kandiceunruh69@gmail.com

Austin
Email: morganlindseygrace@gmail.com

Austin
MeetUp Page: www.meetup.com/happinessprojectaustin/

Bulverde
Email: angela.krawietz@comalisd.org

Garland
Email: pmullins@garlandisd.net

San Antonio
Email: wiccagen@gmail.com

UTAH:

Ephraim
Email: jillhansen2516@gmail.com

Salt Lake City
Email: silverbutterfly79@gmail.com

VIRGINIA:

Alexandria/DC Metro Area
Email: ycbreads@gmail.com

Norfolk
Email: dianna@finallyfreetobeme.com
MeetUp Page: http://goo.gl/iL6he

Virginia Beach
MeetUp Page: http://tinyurl.com/8ppglz8

WASHINGTON:

Seattle
Email: sara.moo@gmail.com

Seattle
Facebook Page: http://goo.gl/1piLY

Spokane
Website: www.lindalaelmiller.com

Spokane
Email: Buddyzpal@comcast.net

Spokane:
MeetUp Page: www.meetup.com/whatcomwomen

WEST VIRGINIA:

Lost Creek
Email: mary.stenger@clark.lib.wv.us

WISCONSIN:

Stevens Point
Email: aliciarazvi@gmail.com

PUERTO RICO:

Mayaguez
Email: Kary_2019@yahoo.com 

INTERNATIONAL:

Abuja, Nigeria
Email: Samira.ahem@yahoo.com

Ankara, Turkey
Email: pehlivan_ozlem@yahoo.com 

Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
Email: almira.al@gmail.com

Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Email: aimeeandmikea@gmail.com

Barcelona, Spain
Website: http://tinyurl.com/6wrgkzy 

Beijing, China
Email: julialu.beijing@gmail.com

Bialystok, Poland
Email: fabrykaszczescia1@gmail.com

Burlington, ON, Canada
Website: http://tinyurl.com/7m2peth 

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Email: connie.cosman@yahoo.ca

Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Email: dawninbali8@yahoo.com

Cape Town, South Africa
Email: jurgens@favor.org.za 

Cheam, Surrey, UK
Email: serena.kennedy@peoplerus.co.uk 

Courtenay, B.C., Canada
Email: tinamurray@shaw.ca

Devon, AB, Canada
Email: deb.waters@blackgold.ca

Escazu, Costa Rica
Email: melaniag@gmail.com

Gdynia, Poland
Email: szklanki@op.pl

Hamilton, ON, Canada
Facebook Page: http://tinyurl.com/6pkr9ed

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Email: lee.balki@gmail.com

Ireland
Email: deknees007@email.com

Johannesburg, South Africa
Email: carlos.faria@vodamail.co.za

Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: birajregmee@gmail.com

Kent, UK
Email: confidentqueen61@gmail.com

Kent, UK
Website: http://goo.gl/MMM2w

London, England
Facebook Page: http://tinyurl.com/7zrvtmw

London, England
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/174701699311121/

Manila, Philippines
Email: happinessproject2012@yahoo.com

Melbourne, Victoria, Austrailia
MeetUp Page: http://goo.gl/T8DRx

Melbourne, Austrailia
MeetUp Page: http://tinyurl.com/mm6hucj

Paris, France
Email: norariri@hotmail.fr

Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
Email: luriabus@gmail.com

Perth, Austrailia
Email: rfingher@bigpond.net.au

Sofia, Bulgaria
Website: http://lmay.net/ office@lmay.net

South Shore of Montreal Quebec
Facebook Page: http://tinyurl.com/3srp5bk

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Email: thehappinessprojectstjohns@gmail.com

Sydney, Australia
Email: monicacarroll810@hotmail.com

Sydney, Australia
Email: helenbuckles@gmail.com 

Sydney, Nwe South Wales, Australia
Email: elizabeth@scancia.com

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Email: connyvanlubeck@hotmail.com

Timisoara, Timis, Romania
Email: deld.uvath@gmail.com 

Toronto, ON, Canada
Email: alina.yaneva@hotmail.com 

Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/HappinessTownsville

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Email: Claudine Matlo at zen_oommm@hotmail.com 

Windsor,Berkshire, England
Email: Info@smart4homes.com

 

Keep me posted about your group! I’m wildly interested to hear what everyone’s doing. Email me at grubin at gretchenrubin dot com.