Happiness is…

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What brings you happiness? What makes life worth living? Is it going on holiday, spending time with loved ones or just being able to get around?

We are asking people living with MND and carers to post a note or upload a picture onto our Facebook page to explain why the chosen activity brings happiness.

As today sees the official launch of ‘what makes you happy’, we started to think about what makes us happy as the research development team. Here’s our top 5:

 5. When a decision is made on what cutting-edge research projects we should fund, following an accumulation of six months worth of planning (see our video on how we fund research to see the scale of this…)

4. Seeing the International Symposium on ALS/MND through from the planning stages to the conference and knowing that we’ve played a major role in its development to make it the best medical conference on MND

4. When other people and funding bodies spend money on MND research, meaning that our funds can be spread further

3. Feeling that we’ve given people with MND useful information to help them do something positive, such as take part in research

2. Knowing that every penny raised by our incredible fundraisers for MND research is spent wisely and toward our mission of a world free of MND by having rigorous procedures in place

1. New findings published and shared with the world, pushing MND research forward to a new and exciting level

Now that you know what makes us happy, we’d like to know what makes you feel happy on our ‘what makes you happy’ facebook page. Your views really will help shape the MND Association’s future plans as we strive to enable everyone with MND to achieve the highest quality of life possible.

The MND Association’s vision is a world free from MND. Realising this vision means investing more in research, further developing partnerships with the research community, funding bodies and industry, while ensuring that advances in understanding and treating MND are communicated as quickly and effectively as possible. Our Research Development team, composed of 11 members, work hard to achieve this. Principally, the Research Information team within this are involved in communication activities including this MND Research blog.