Can a cafe promote happiness?

These are strange times, where the wider the potential is for our global networks, the more isolated and lonely we feel, especially in big cities. Never before has there been some much discourse and discussion about the pursuit of happiness and how we can improve or mental and physical wellbeing and how we succumb to the pressure of the idea that we need to be ‘happy’.

The main issue is essentially that modern urban life strips us of our humanity, our need for community and social interactions. Ironically technology solutions attempting to solve these issues are also the crux of the problem. Now that many ordinary cafes are now public office spaces serving good coffee to customers behind screens, it does make sense that the Happy Cafe Network   created by Action for Happiness is growing. The idea: a friendly and welcoming place to meet other people with a shared interest in promoting happiness and wellbeing. So yes, this is what a cafe should be right? So why the happiness branding and wellbeing focus? Because the cafes and public spaces that simply and naturally provided that family, community spirit are unfortunately disappearing in favour of the ‘office’ variety. So yes this may feel a bit forced, but at least their public know what to expect and know where to go to find it.

The Canvas Cafe in East London is part of this network, created as a not-for-profit venture as a space encouraging community spirit and well being. Founder Ruth Rogers talks to EastCast to explain.


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The Canvas: 42 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JL | 020 7018 1020 |
Tuesday – Friday 9am-9pm | Saturday – Sunday 10am-8pm

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