Beat the Winter Blues by taking part in a Happiness Pulse survey; the survey will highlight how happy, connected and active people in Gwent are. The survey will provide an insight into the well-being of people living in Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Newport.

The survey is launching across Gwent on Monday 15th January the day recognised as Blue Monday- the most depressing day of the year for many with people’s moods having been affected by their post-Christmas finances, the bad weather and the long wait for summer.

Residents are encouraged to fill in a simple online survey by 28th February. The survey will provide individuals with their own happiness score and hints and tips for happiness.

The Happiness Pulse survey tells a story about a place.  It is designed by Bristol based charity and social enterprise Happy City, who are world-leaders in helping support better measurement and policy to support long term wellbeing in communities.

Their Chief Executive, Liz Zeidler, has high hopes for the Gwent-wide pilot “The Happiness Pulse is a unique tool that helps individuals explore their own long term happiness, whilst helping communities map the wellbeing strengths and needs of all their citizens.  By supporting 1000s of local people to take their pulse this month, Gwent local authorities, businesses and community organisations are demonstrating their pioneering commitment to understanding and improving the lives of people across the region”.

The Well- being of Future Generations Act 2015 has led public services in Wales to think long-term, work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach. Public Service Boards are implementing this with the publication of Well-being Plans in May 2018.


Beating the Blues events are taking place across Gwent week commencing Monday January 15th:


  • Blaenau Gwent will be launching the survey to residents at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre on Monday 15th January. The survey will focus on encouraging people to take their happiness pulse whilst they are out being active.


  • Caerphilly Public Service Board will be supporting the launch on the 15th January and will be promoting the survey at Leisure Centres, Libraries and other community venues across the area. The authority will be encouraging as many people as possible to take part.


  • A series of events are taking place in Monmouthshire. Caldicot, Chepstow, Monmouth and Usk Hubs will be hosting activities and events to dispel the winter blues and give people the chance to meet new friends, residents to try something new, take time out and boost their happiness on Monday 15th January.


  • Newport libraries will be displaying and sharing information on services to improve health and wellbeing and will be encouraging people to take part in the Happiness Pulse project.


  • Torfaen Public Service Board will be hosting a wellbeing day at Pontypool Market on Wednesday 17th January where residents will be encouraged to take their happiness pulse.

Paul Matthews, Chair of Monmouthshire Public Service Board said: ‘I know that some will see this survey as a bit gimmicky but actually I don’t see anything wrong with talking about happiness. Gwent is full of wonderful people and by completing the Happiness Pulse they will be able to see how valuable they are to their communities.’

The survey will be available from Monday 15th January.