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His Holiness the Dalai Lama


WHY THE MIND IS IMPORTANT

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate and revered spiritual leader. Exclusive video presentation

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


FLOW: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE

Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of the greatest psychologists of our time, pioneering researcher into optimal experience or ‘flow’ and best-selling author of Flow: The classic work on how to achieve happiness, USA

Dr Christine Carter


WHAT IS THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS?

Dr Christine Carter, sociologist, happiness and productivity expert; bestselling author of The Sweet Spot; Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, USA

Matthieu Ricard

HAPPINESS FOR ALL: FROM PERSONAL CHANGE TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

Matthieu Ricard, leading humanitarian, Buddhist monk, acclaimed photographer and author on the art and science of altruism; best-selling author of Happiness: A Guide To Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, Nepal/France

Matthieu Ricard

MOTIVATION & LIFESTYLE: FOUNDATIONS FOR A FLOURISHING LIFE

Professor Richard M. Ryan, one of the leading international experts on motivational research and co-developer of Self-Determination Theory; Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Education, University of Rochester, USA

Maria-Sirois

BROKEN AND WHOLE: THE ROLE OF HAPPINESS IN OUR DARKEST MOMENTS

Dr Maria Sirois, inspirational psychologist and consultant who teaches internationally in the intersection of resilience and flourishing, author Happiness After Loss, USA

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

UNLOCKING HAPPINESS AT WORK

Jennifer Moss, expert on happiness and emotional intelligence in the workplace,
co-founder of Plasticity Labs, author of Unlocking Happiness At Work, Canada

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

MEANING IN LIFE:
THE DEEP END OF FLOURISHING

Associate Professor Michael F. Steger, USA, psychologist and researcher into how leading a meaningful life contributes to wellbeing, Director, Center for Meaning and Purpose, Colorado State University, USA


 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama


KINDFULNESS

Shamash Alidina, one of the UK’s most popular mindfulness coaches and cofounder of the Museum of Happiness, London, UK


 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

WELLBEING SIMPLIFIED

Dr Aaron Jarden, president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology and lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, New Zealand

Tony Coggins

HOW TO ‘WOW’ YOURSELF & YOUR COMMUNITY

Tony Coggins, developer of innovative positive mental health interventions, Head of Mental Health Promotion at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK



His Holiness the Dalai Lama

COMPASSION: THE HEART OF WELLBEING

Professor Felicia Huppert, internationally renowned wellbeing researcher, Director of The Well-being Institute, University of Cambridge, and author of The Science of Well-being

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

TOTAL SUCCESS

Ruth Ostrow, journalist, social commentator, creator of documentary series Total Success and regular columnist for The Australian

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

HELPING YOUR KIDS AND TEENS (And You!) TO THRIVE

Professor Lea Waters, internationally recognised expert in Positive Psychology specialising in positive parenting, education and organisations, University of Melbourne

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

CHANGE YOUR STORY, CHANGE YOUR REALITY

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath, educational neuroscientist, researcher and lecturer, Science of Learning Centre, University of Melbourne

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

OPTIMISING YOUR BRAIN

Sue Langley, international expert on the practical applications of positive psychology, neuroscience and emotional intelligence

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

HOW READING CAN UNLOCK YOUR STRENGTHS

Associate Professor Mathew A. White, leader in evidence-based positive education and Director, Wellbeing & Positive Education, St Peter's College, Adelaide

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

ONE EARTH, ONE PEOPLE

Aunty Rhonda
Dixon-Grovenor,
Darug/Yuin woman, researcher, entertainer and cultural arts educator

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

EXCUSES, EXCUSES, BLAME, BLAME

Toni Powell, storyteller, disruptor of content, documentary filmmaker and author of The Yellow Car - How I Stopped Driving Myself Crazy

Cris Popp

LAUGHTER YOGA

Cris Popp, Australia’s leading workplace laughter coach and thought leader on innovation, performance, resilience and leadership

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

ARE WE HEADED FOR ANOTHER GFC: A GREAT FATIGUE CRISIS?

Thea O’Connor, personal sustainability specialist, health journalist, and founder of NapNow - refreshing our lives one nap at a time

Peter FitzSimons AM

THE GREAT AUSSIE BLOKE SLIM-DOWN


Peter FitzSimons AM, best-selling author, former footballer, sports journalist and columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald

Adam Ferrier

MINDFUL CONSUMPTION


Adam Ferrier, consumer psychologist, Gruen Transfer regular and one of Australia’s best known and awarded advertising practitioners

Hailey Cavill


BETTER THAN SEX


Hailey Cavill, award winning social entrepreneur, corporate-cause partnership matchmaker and humanist

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF POSITIVITY


Associate Professor Lindsay G. Oades, world-recognised applied wellbeing scientist and Director, Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

LASTING WELLBEING: THE MIND, BODY, BRAIN CONNECTION


Adjunct Professor Paul Taylor exercise physiologist, nutritionist, neuroscientist and founder of the Body-Brain Performance Institute

Jo Mitchell

ACTION FOR HAPPINESS



Dr Jo Mitchell, clinical psychologist and MindMax Project Leader for the AFL Players Association

Evan Sutter,


DOING NOTHING



Evan Sutter, writer and activist passionate about planting seeds of thought and discussion, founder of The Happiness Compass

Peter FitzSimons AM

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE FUNNY SERIOUSLY



Marty Wilson, author, behavior change expert and former Australian Comic of the Year

Peter FitzSimons AM

MENTAL HEALTH HIJACKERS - COULD THEY BE LURKING IN YOUR FOOD?



Michele Chevalley Hedge, qualified nutritionist, international author, Jamie Oliver Ambassador and founder of A Healthy View

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

With One Voice Choir


Creativity Australia’s program uniting and empowering thousands of people from all nationalities to create supportive communities

Kerry Howells

HOW THANKING AWAKENS OUR THINKING



Dr Kerry Howells, pioneering researcher into the role of gratitude in learning, teacher educator and academic at the University of Tasmania

Fay-Jackson

SO YOU THOUGHT YOU COULDN’T LAUGH ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH? THINK AGAIN!



Fay Jackson, CEO of Vision In Mind and Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health, NSW Mental Health Commission

STim-Sharp

FAULTS, FAILINGS AND F#%K UPS...A PERFECT RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS!



Dr Tim Sharp, leading positive psychologist, executive coach and founder of The Happiness Institute

Samantha-Hornitzky

MAGIC



Samantha Hornitzky, user experience designer, artist, writer, avid solo traveller, and creator of the online column, Happiness in the Creative Industry




Sarah-Berry

PANEL: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF POSITIVITY


Sarah Berry, Lifestyle Health Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

Jan-Elston

HOW TO ‘WOW’ YOURSELF & YOUR COMMUNITY



Jan Elston, works for Relationships Australia as Co-ordinator of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission

Melli-O-Brien

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN FOR OPTIMAL
PERFORMANCE AND WELLBEING



Jonathan Banks, professional therapist and consultant, specialising in neurofeedback based brain training for peak performance and remediation

Melli-O-Brien

CHANGING YOUR WORLD FROM THE INSIDE OUT



Melli O’Brien, aka Mrs Mindfulness, co-founder of The Mindfulness Summit and respected meditation and yoga teacher

Holley-Somerville-Knott

TELL SOMEONE WHO CARES



Holley Somerville Knott, inspiring 13 year old social justice and environmental activist

Susanne-Thiebe

LESS IS MORE: WHY WE NEED MINIMALISM IN OUR LIVES


Susanne Thiebe, expert Professional Organiser, trained Interior Architect, award-winning gardener, and creator of LessMess

Angela-Lockwood

SWITCH OFF: HOW TO FIND CALM IN A NOISY WORLD



Angela Lockwood, renowned occupational therapist, author Switch Off and The Power of Conscious Choice

Alan-Madden

WELCOME TO COUNTRY



Uncle Allan Madden, respected Gadigal Elder, cultural representative for the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council

Shannon-Harvey

CONFERENCE
MC



Shannon Harvey, journalist, filmmaker, author and director of the internationally acclaimed documentary, The Connection: Mind Your Body

William DeJean

HAPPINESS, WELL-BEING AND LEARNING: NOT AN EITHER/OR PROPOSITION



Dr William DeJean inspires and re-inspires innovative organisations for the work they do for our world, and is the author of Unleash Learning

Suzy-Green

HAPPINESS, WELL-BEING AND LEARNING: NOT AN EITHER/OR PROPOSITION


Dr Suzy Green, leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology

Sam Refshauge

GIVING A VOICE TO THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM



Sam Refshauge, CEO of batyr, an organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of young people's mental health

Nicola Gates

BRAIN SMART KIDS




Dr Nicola Gates, one of Australia’s leading neuropsychologists promoting brain and mind health, best-selling author of A Brain For Life

Derek-Leddie

OUT OF YOUR MIND: CASE STUDIES ON HIGH PERFORMANCE AND JOY




Derek Leddie, founder of strategic research company The Leading Edge, and developer of mind tools based on neuroscience, sport and Eastern techniques

Samantha Graham

OUT OF YOUR MIND: CASE STUDIES ON HIGH PERFORMANCE AND JOY




Dr Samantha Graham, designer and facilitator of personal development and corporate leadership programs

Bek-Wermut

CASE STUDY: RHYTHM2RECOVERY – MUSIC FOR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT



Bek Wermut, music therapist with extensive experience in rhythm and drum circle facilitation

Julie-Goyder

PERSONAL STORY: DEMENTIA DIALOGUES




Dr Julie Goyder, former university lecturer and author of  'We'll be married in Fremantle' a book on Alzheimer's and storytelling

Benjamin Isbel

THE MECHANICS OF MINDFULNESS: HOW TRAINING THE MIND LEADS TO HAPPINESS




Benjamin Isbel, cognitive neuroscience researcher developing mindfulness interventions to enhance attention, mood, and well-being

Sarah McKay

REFIRE to REWIRE




Dr Sarah McKay, influential brain health commentator, PhD neuroscientist and author

Paula Robinson

CASE STUDY: TOTAL FITNESS AT KNOX GRAMMAR




Dr Paula Robinson, consulting psychologist specialising in the science, application and integration of traditional psychology and positive psychology

Matthew Cavallaro

CASE STUDY: TOTAL FITNESS AT KNOX GRAMMAR



Matthew Cavallaro, educator and Academic Advisor, Knox Institute of Positive Psychology

Tony-Steel

NOTICING HAPPINESS



Sarah Nicoll, psychologist, leader and professional facilitator specialising in management in the human services sector

Tony-Steel

ONE LIFE AT A TIME



Phillip Heath, leading educator and Head of Barker College

Tony-Steel

PANEL: ONLY KINDNESS MATTERS



Petrea King, inspiring mind-body healing pioneer and best-selling author; Founding Director and CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation

Tony-Steel

OPENING
REMARKS



Tony Steel, CEO, World Happiness Forum

Beth-Phelan

CLOSING
REMARKS


Beth Phelan, Conference Director, Happiness & Its Causes

 


Happiness is important. It's important for your own life satisfaction and enjoyment.
And it is equally important for your family, the people in your care and the people you work with.

 

The psychology of happiness

Be galvanised by an exclusive video message for delegates from revered spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Explore how to find flow in your life with one of the greatest psychologists of our time, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Enhance
happiness

Be inspired to enhance the happiness of others with humanitarian monk, Matthieu Ricard. Learn science-based tips to increase happiness with sociologist and productivity expert, Christine Carter. Discover how to unlock happiness at work with emotional intelligence expert, Jennifer Moss.

Live a
flourishing life

Hear how motivation affects your happiness with one of the most cited researchers in the social sciences today, Richard M. Ryan. Examine how to help your children (and yourself!) thrive with positive psychology researcher, Lea Waters. Be enriched by an Aboriginal perspective on joy and flourishing with elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor.

Explore what’s important

Delve into what it takes to create a meaningful life with psychologist and researcher, Michael F. Steger. Consider how to place kindness and compassion at the heart of life and wellbeing with mindfulness expert, Shamash Alidina, and internationally renowned wellbeing researcher, Felicia Huppert.

Optimise
your brain

Identify practical ways to get the most from your brain with neuroscience expert Sue Langley. Discover how to harness the power of stories to change your reality with educational neuroscientist Jared Cooney Horvath.

Visit
The Wellness Show

Spend your breaks browsing the latest in health and wellbeing with a showcase of 50 innovative companies, free interactive seminars, wellness bookshop, meet-the-author sessions, laughter yoga, meditation, the Museum of Happiness and more!





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