All smiles for happy hero Kim as she receives award at House of Lords

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A COURAGEOUS mother who lost her son to meningitis six years ago has been hailed a ‘Happy Hero’ at the House of Lords.

Kim Macleod, from Bishopbriggs, travelled down to London last week to receive the award at a ceremony hosted by happiness economist Lord Richard Layard.

It was all part of the United Nations International Day of Happiness - which was celebrated this year for the first time.

The medal, which Kim will later pass onto her own ‘Happy Hero’, recognises all she has done since the death of Callum in 2007 plunged her into what she described as a “world of darkness”.

Kind family, friends and neighbours rallied round Kim and her family after the tragedy and their efforts made a real difference.

Inspired by her loss and their kindness, Kim founded The Happiness Club in April 2011 which has since grown to having over 260 members.

At regular events, members learn about positive psychology, mindfulness, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and other techniques to help people focus on the positives.

Kim also founded Scotland’s Happiness Day in November 2012 encouraging Scots to be kind and spread happiness even further.

She said: “I am delighted to be honoured as a Happy Hero. This award is also for the people who took the time to shop, bake, clean or write to us as they were our heroes.

“These acts were fuel that helped to bring colour and light back to my world.

“I learned so much about what helped me feel happier that I wanted to share with as many people as possible so that something positive would come out of our loss.”

The Happiness Club next meets on Tuesday, April 2, at 7pm in Cue and Review, Bishopbriggs Media Centre, 18 Crowhill Road. For more information go to www.meetup.com/The-Happiness-Club or call Kim on 0141 569 7249.

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