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The Science of Celebration
Sunday June 7, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Take a moment to remember some of the best events you ever attended. What made them special? How did they make you feel? They were probably not the ones at which you consumed food, drink, and entertainment and promptly went home afterward. They were more likely the times when you felt a bond with other people over a shared experience and hung around till you were one of the last people remaining because you didn’t want it to end.
Study after study has shown that our need for human connection is just as essential as our needs for food and shelter. The reason we celebrate together is not to consume substances, but to connect with others. So why do we often engage in unhealthy habits to try to make an experience more ‘fun’? Jacques Martiquet, founder of Vyve, is an expert on the science of celebration, having produced hundreds of substance-free events that focus on providing a unique and memorable shared experience. He will give us some of his science-backed advice for bringing joy to our most joyous events.
Hosted by Anj Cairns, author and creator of communal poems (@wewroteapoem), this assembly will include some of your favourite songs to sing along to, as well as a special performance by The Sunday Assembly Choir, and Gareth Dee from SA Brighton telling us how he is “Trying His Best”.
Please stay after for tea and biscuits (provided by you!), and lively conversation with other members of the community via Breakout Rooms. Everyone is welcome.