Happiness goal set

Three evening programs organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association will be presented in May to help people increase their happiness, activeness and mindfulness.

Three evening programs organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association will be presented in May to help people increase their happiness, activeness and mindfulness.

The May series of programming is designed to explore wellness issues among all people.

“We want to really make sure that people understand the wealth of programs that are out there and the strategies that are out there that increase peoples’ mental health and wellness. They can be valuable to everyone in the community,” explained CMHA education program supervisor Vicki Fox Smith.

The first presentation is May 6 in conjunction with national Mental Health Week.

Titled Happiness 101, the fun and interactive program will teach proven skills to increase one’s level of happiness.

On May 13, Monica Morrison will present It’s the Feel Age Not the Real Age. Morrison, who has spent 23 years working with disabled adults, seniors and the multicultural community in recreation, will speak of what the Golden Circle has to offer for people of all ages.

Finally, on May 27, mindfulness will be the key word as Dr. Anomi Grace Bearden presents how to cultivate presence and joy while minimizing stress and negativity.

“Mindfulness as a concept started out being used by people with borderline personality disorder, but it’s come over to the general community as a way of recognizing where you are in time and space and bringing a focus to the moment that you’re in that’s used widely by people all over the world,” said Fox Smith.

All of the sessions are at the Snell Auditorium at the Red Deer Public Library’s downtown branch. Each session runs from 6:30-8 p.m.

To RSVP, or for more information, contact Fox Smith at 403-342-2266 or education@reddeer.cmha.ab.ca.

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