Experiences make you happy: How to Beat Blue Monday

It’s the 3rd Monday in Jan and we’re told we could be feeling a bit meh today…

Yes, January is a funny month – the festive season is well and truly over, the New Year vibes are kinda dwindling and it’s still bloody cold and dark outside.

But we don’t like to dwell… did you know it’s been scientifically proven that experiences are good for you? We know that spending money on “doing things” rather than “having things” is way more beneficial for human happiness!

Here are some positive, fun and relaxing things to do if you’ve unfortunately caught the Blue Monday fever.

An adrenaline-fuelled climbing lesson Action-packed fun for you and your friends Arch Acton, Arch North, ££ Featured Auction Kickstart the year with a new hobby and enjoy this introductory climbing class and spend the rest of the day swinging and hanging about.

Their bouldering walls allow you to climb rope-free with their crash pads covering the floor. You can enjoy challenging yourself and your friends with their different colour levels in this fun physical activity! View on AVA
Scrub away Blue Monday! An organic soap making workshop Bermondsey, ££ Featured Auction A therapeutic masterclass where you can create your very own soap choosing the perfect scent, mould, and decorations to make you feel special.

Make marble patterns or layering effects and enjoy the afternoon feeling relaxed and creative.

Whether it's a gift for someone else or just for you, the friendly, fun crafters at Token Studio will help you scrub away Blue Monday! View on AVA
Create your own beautiful hand-tied flower bouquet Flowers make everyone happy! Kennington, ££ Featured Auction Everyone knows that being around flowers and nature improves happiness and lifts our moods!

Join expert florists and learn how to arrange and create your own hand-tied bouquet using unique and seasonal flowers and foliage.

You don't need a special occasion for this workshop, become your own special someone and treat yourself in 2020. View on AVA
5 Fun, Fitness classes with POPfit Exercise shouldn't be a chore London Fields, ££ Featured Auction Inclusive, supportive, judgement free... Isn't that what we all want from a fitness class?

POPfit have nailed just this! Their classes are for all levels and range from Barre, Ass & Abs, Dance, HIIT and Yoga Flow, so there's something for everyone.

Ignore the Blue Monday feels and work up a sweat with this fun and inspiring community! View on AVA
Pets Yoga - The cuteness overload club Need we say more? Multiple London Locations, £££ Featured Auction Seriously though... do we have to say more?

Puppies, Kittens, Rabbits, this place is the dream. Feel zen and have cuddles at the same time, you won't be feeling down after this experience. Check Them Out
Break the Mould with A Pottery Workshop Jealous of The Great Pottery Throw Down? Bermondsey, ££ Featured Auction We're not sure what it is but there's something about pottery that makes it addictive...

This workshop with Cernamic is chilled, fun and relaxing and you may even impress yourself with your creations.

Spend the evening learning how to throw a potters wheel and have a glass or two as you make! View on AVA
Choose your scents and create your own candle A relaxing masterclass you'll want to go back to Multiple London Locations, £££ Featured Auction Nothing quite says self care like creating your own candle and picking the scents you love.

In this premium workshop, you'll learn how to make an aromatherapy, eco soy-wax candle from the master crafters at The London Refinery.

With the likes of Good Homes Magazines classing The London Refinery in their ‘Best of British 2019’, Lucy’s workshops are revitalising and inspiring. When the class comes to an end, you’ll take your candle home with you and relax to the sweet scents and aromas that it will emit once lit. View on AVA
A club night on wheels - Rollernation Dry Jan or not... you'll love it Tottenham, ££ Featured Auction Whether you're taking part in Dry Jan or not, you're bound to have fun at Rollernation!

Their roller discos are the ultimate club on wheels. It's a place to let your hair down and enjoy exercise at the same time.

They've got different events each night and the music to match so you'll definitely leave with a smile on your face. Check Them Out
An evening of classical music at Shoreditch Treehouse A fairy-lit, magical evening Shoreditch, £ Featured Auction Enjoy classical music in a different way – a relaxed, magical evening of live musicians, storytelling and prosecco.

A concert like no other, you’ll be invited into the intimate, instagrammable loft space in Shoreditch.

Sit on cushions, stools, swings or stairs in a softly lit room full of hanging plants and twinkling lights. You'll listen to a number of award-winning musicians and get to know them over a glass of bubbly! View on AVA
Draughts Board Game Cafe Spend your morning, afternoon or evening... Dalston, Waterloo, £ Featured Auction Draughts Board Game Cafe is the perfect evening out without enduring a hangover the next day... that's the January we like!

Their beautiful cafes have a games library of over 1000 different board games for you and your friends to enjoy.

With a seasonally changing food menu and rotating drinks, Draughts is the perfect place for a light bite, as well as being a great option for grabbing something more substantial over a longer gaming session. Check Them Out
Church of Sound - a Moving and Inspiring Gig uniquely magical Lower Clapton, £ Featured Auction Set in the heart of St James the Great Church, these gigs are filled with Jazz, Funk and Future sounds from some of the greatest musicians.

Their team is made up of musicians, music lovers, friends and family - and they do their best to share this feeling of companionship with all those who walk through their big blue doors. Check Them Out