For the safety and well-being of our members, friends and community, and in keeping with recommendations from public health officials we’re pausing our live events for the time being and hosting some online events, in the meantime. We will update you as soon as we’re able, and look forward to seeing everyone once this challenging time is behind us.

Life is a journey that brings sometimes good, sometimes bad. The Happiness Club is about finding ways to handle the bad times to create a more positive and happy life. When you are happy you can increase your endurance for dealing with life’s problems.

Meet Monthly

The Happiness Club will meet monthly in Palm Beach. It’s an uplifting opportunity to make new friends, connect with old friends, chat, and share experiences. Cost for our Happy Hour usually includes passed hors d’oeuvres and one beverage, raffle, surprises and good vibes!

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers are invited each month to tell their story and share how when faced with experiences beyond their control, they made happiness a choice and bounced back from set-backs. Our speakers will inspire you with their powerful and often entertaining stories about the challenges they overcame!

Happiness Club Beginnings

The Happiness Club started in Connecticut over 20 years ago and has grown to include a large international following. The club’s creation was inspired by Dr. Bernie Siegel, an internationally recognized expert in cancer treatment and complimentary, holistic  medicine. His book Love, Medicine and Miracles draws upon the powerful connection between emotional and physical well-being. Bernie believes in the restorative power of the joy of living and the physiology of optimism. Happiness is a conscious choice and the most powerful skill that can be learned: “Happiness is an inside job.”

It was Lionel Ketchian, who has been dubbed “The Happiness Guru”, who founded and leads the Happiness Club based in Fairfield, Connecticut. He taught a course on happiness at Sacred Heart University and has given health and happiness talks on PBS with Dr. Bernie Siegel. Happiness is contagious.

Melanie Cabot heard about the Connecticut Happiness Clubs from one of her Member/Speakers who knew Dr. Bernie and suggested we start a Palm Beach chapter. Melanie reached out to Lionel, and with his blessings, the Happiness Club of Palm Beach was launched on January 2017. More than 25 men and women showed up for that first meeting, and we knew right away we were resonating with the community! With Melanie as facilitator, we are “Making Happiness a Choice!” Since then we have gone on to present over 50 unique events with amazing speakers as we sprinkle and nourish Palm Beach with Happiness.

​We all have stories. Would YOU like to be a speaker or know someone who would? Get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

You Can Become a Member!

The Happiness Club is an educational, non-profit social group within the FWEL group (Foundation for Women’s Cultural and Economic Literacy). To become member, simply click here to complete an application.

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