2 DAY CONFERENCE AGENDA

+ Day 1 Thursday 22 June 2017


8.30 -10:15 | HAPPINESS & OUR WORLD

8:30 | WELCOME

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

WELCOME TO COUNTRY

Alan-Madden

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

8:40 | UNIVERSAL LOVE & COMPASSION
"Ultimately, humanity is one and this small planet is our only home. If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to experience a vivid sense of universal altruism. I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness.  It is the practice of compassion."

Michael F Steger

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, revered spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Laureate
NOTE: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PRESENTATION

9:05 | HAPPINESS FOR ALL: FROM PERSONAL CHANGE TO SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CARING FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
We all want happiness but can we be truly happy while injustice and suffering exist in the world. Consider how we can broaden our personal search for happiness to encompass others including generations to come.

Matthieu Ricard, leading humanitarian, Buddhist monk, acclaimed photographer and author on the art and science of meditation, happiness and altruism, Nepal/France

9:25 | BROKEN AND WHOLE: THE ROLE OF HAPPINESS IN OUR DARKEST MOMENTS
Happiness matters deeply not only to move us toward a life of flourishing, but to enable us to navigate times of loss, disappointment, illness, and the press of chronic daily stress. Highlighting research and stories from the fields of resilience, mind/body medicine and positive psychology we uncover the beautiful interplay between suffering and optimism, despair and appreciation. We come to see how both experiences can be held and integrated, potentiating wholeness even as our hearts may be broken.

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

9:45 | GUEST SPEAKER TO BE ANNOUNCED

10:05 - 10:50 MORNING COFFEE

HAPPINESS IN YOUR HANDS


10:50 | WHAT IS THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS? 3 SCIENCE-BASED TIPS FOR A JOYFUL LIFE

Learn three core skills for living a life well-lived, rooted in the latest scientific research. Discover why simple acts of kindness can be better for your health and happiness than exercise, and why something you can do in only one hour a week can increase your longevity by 14 years.

Dr Christine Carter, sociologist, happiness and productivity expert; Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center; best-selling author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work, USA

11:10 | OPTIMISING YOUR BRAIN
We all want to learn how to get the most from our brains. Greater processing power, a better memory, more creative ideas and faster decisions. So where do we start? Explore how the brain works and what you can do to fuel better brain performance.

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

11:30 | KINDFULNESS
Kindfulness puts kindness and compassion at the heart of mindfulness. It reminds you to be kind to yourself, to your body and to your mind. If you let go of trying to control your mind, peace arises.

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

11:50 | WELLBEING SIMPLIFIED
A novel and largely unexplored pathway to wellbeing is simplifying your life. It challenges the very essence of the existing paradigm which is to add activities to one's life (to be more, to do more), and has the potential to be one of the most effective and efficient means of enhancing wellbeing.

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

12:10 | EXCUSES, EXCUSES, BLAME, BLAME
In this entertaining and eye-opening session discover the reason we're all so brilliant at blame and so creative with excuses. When we understand this we can find it much easier to let go of past hurts.

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

12:30-14:00 LUNCH

14:00-15:15 STREAMS


Three concurrent streams will run between lunch and afternoon coffee. Delegates will be invited to choose which stream to attend.

STREAM 1: HAPPINESS & MENTAL HEALTH

14:00 | HOW TO 'WOW' YOURSELF & YOUR COMMUNITY
More and more research is showing how certain actions, activities and practices can improve mood, reduce the risk of depression, strengthen relationships, keep us healthy and even add seven years to our lives.  But how can this be translated into practice for our communities? Hear how the Wheel of Wellbeing (WoW), a colourful graphic framework representing six universal themes that contribute to health and happiness: Body, Mind, Spirit, People, Place, and Planet,  has been successfully applied in Australia as a simple approach to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

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

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

14:20 | PANEL: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF POSITIVITY
Join three leaders in the field of positive psychology as they discuss the science behind some evidence-based practices aimed at enhancing happiness and wellbeing in everyday life.

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

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

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

14:45 | MENTAL HEALTH HIJACKERS - ARE THEY LURKING IN YOUR FOOD?
Explore evidence-based research on the benefits of proper nourishment for both physical and mental wellbeing and discover how we can get it right in a busy, time poor world.

Michele Chevalley-Hedge

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

15:00 | GIVING A VOICE TO THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
Hear how a group of young people started a movement around positive mental health using the power of storytelling.

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

STREAM 2: HAPPINESS & MINDFULNESS

14:00 | CHANGING YOUR WORLD FROM THE INSIDE OUT
All the world's religions and wisdom traditions contain two core teachings. These two core teachings show us a blueprint for how to live a fulfilling and meaningful human life. Melli reveals the essence of the world's wisdom traditions and shows you how to apply it in practical ways in your daily life...so you can live with more peace, purpose and fulfilment.

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

14:20 | THE MECHANICS OF MINDFULNESS: HOW TRAINING THE MIND LEADS TO HAPPINESS
Explore the cognitive mechanisms of mindfulness, and the neural changes that result from this practice, to uncover how mindfulness can lead us to greater levels of happiness and well-being. Hear the results of a scientific study using a mindfulness-based intervention with healthy, older adults.

Benjamin Isbel, cognitive neuroscience researcher developing mindfulness interventions to enhance attention, mood, and well-being, Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute

14:40 | THE MINDFUL WAY THROUGH STRESS
Take a deep breath. Feeling less stressed already? Discover just how simple it is to master the proven techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Whatever the source of stress - work pressures, dealing with difficult people, financial strains, or family demands - mindfulness offers new tools for remaining calm in challenging situations and attaining a new level of physical and emotional well-being.

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

15:00 | LESS IS MORE: WHY WE NEED MINIMALISM IN OUR LIVES
In our busy society, the physical world impacts our wellbeing, productivity, and the people around us. Owning more stuff means more time wasted. Every item you own is a point on your to-do-list. Hear how decluttering your physical space can help to declutter your head. You don't need more space - you actually need less stuff. If you get rid of stuff, you mind will be still. Minimalism happens in YOUR head!

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

STREAM 3: HAPPPY, HEALTHY CHILDREN

14:00 | HELPING YOUR KIDS AND TEENS (And You!) TO THRIVE 
Drawing on her latest research into strength-based parenting, Professor Waters will show how this approach helps your kids and your teens (and even you!) to thrive. She will give you tips and techniques for how to be strength-based with your kids.

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

14:20 | BRAIN SMART KIDS
Investing in a child's brain power is more than giving them a good education.  Learn how to support the healthy development of a growing brain so each child can reach their highest potential with optimal wellbeing.

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

14:40 | IN CONVERSATION: RAISING HAPPINESS
An insightful discussion on how to raise happier, more joyful children amidst the sometimes chaotic world of modern-day parenthood.
Dr Christine Carter, sociologist, happiness and productivity expert; Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center; best-selling author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work, USA

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

15:00 | CASE STUDY: RHYTHM2RECOVERY - MUSIC FOR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Experience the Rhythm2Recovery model of therapy which combines rhythmic music with cognitive reflection, drawing on both mindfulness and positive psychology. This fun and engaging experience was developed to reach a range of population groups averse to 'talk based' therapies, including young people, cultural minorities and those with mental health and addiction issues.

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

15:15-16:00 AFTERNOON COFFEE

HAPPINESS & THE STORIES WE TELL


16:00 | PERSONAL STORY: SO YOU THOUGHT YOU COULDN'T LAUGH ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH? THINK AGAIN!

Discover how humour and emotion can be immensely valuable in breaking down barriers, and stigma about having a mental illness. Laugh out loud and maybe shed a tear as you are taken on an inspirational and powerful journey with a dedicated advocate, educator and 'Psychologically Diverse citizen'. 

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

16:20 | CHANGE YOUR STORY, CHANGE YOUR REALITY
Like it or hate it, we are all storytellers - and the stories we tell ourselves and others carry the power to change our bodies, or minds, and our reality.  Explore the neuroscience and psychology behind stories and storytelling. Uncover how the power of stories is made manifest and how we can harness this power to change our perceptions.

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath, educational neuroscientist, researcher and lecturer, Science of Learning Centre, University of Melbourne
Editor: From the Laboratory to the Classroom: translating science of learning for teachers

16:35 | HOW READING CAN UNLOCK YOUR STRENGTHS
The English poet and politician Joseph Addison claimed, "reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body". If this is true, literature has the potential to help everyone know and understand their character strengths.

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

16:55 | WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE FUNNY SERIOUSLY
Hear the latest scientific evidence that staying light and deliberately looking for the funny gets our brains out of our fear responses and into higher, creative problem solving. Seeing the funny side helps us escape family scripting and enter into deeper, more loving relationships, and - let's be honest - just makes us feel happier.

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

17:10 HAPFEST - Powered by Pecha Kucha*

Be entranced by a series of stories about happiness and wellbeing accompanied by short visual presentations.
*Pecha Kucha 20 x 20 is a simple presentation format where presenters show 20 images for 20 seconds each slide. The image advances automatically while the presenter talks along to the images.

DOING NOTHING
In our frantic world we are chronic over-doers, covering our feelings, our boredom and loneliness with smartphones, television, alcohol and other distractions. Share a young man's journey living in a hut in the forests of a Buddhist Monastery as he discovers that doing nothing can literally change your life.

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

NOTICING HAPPINESS
We can all benefit from Kurt Vonnegut's sage advice "please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point 'if this isn't nice, I don't know what is'". Be inspired to really notice moments of self-efficacy, joy and love and to capture them visually – by doing do you will be able to raise your spirits when needed and to revisit all those joyful moments.

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

MAGIC
We talk often about things like gratitude and mindfulness, but what about the healing power of magic? Be entranced by the story of a young woman's solo journey through Mexico and her encounters with ancient magic. 

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

CULTIVATING ALTRUISTIC LOVE
What is the link between altruism and happiness? Be entranced by a visual presentation of the power of altruism at work through Karuna-Sechen's humanitarian projects in the Himalayan region.

Matthieu Ricard, leading humanitarian, Buddhist monk, acclaimed photographer and author on the art and science of meditation, happiness and altruism, Nepal/France

17:35  CLOSE DAY 1

 

+ Day 2 Friday 23 June 2017

8:30 | WELCOME

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

HOW TO THRIVE & FLOURISH


8:35 | FLOW: HOW TO BE TOTALLY IN THE 'NOW'

What makes you really glad to be alive? In this fascinating exploration of optimal experience, learn how to actively bring 'flow' into your life - a state of joy, creativity and total involvement.

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

8:55 | IN CONVERSATION WITH MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI & MATTHIEU RICARD
An in-depth and engaging conversation about the life, work and passions of world-leading psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and leading humanitarian monk and scientist, Matthieu Ricard.

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

Matthieu Ricard, leading humanitarian, Buddhist monk, acclaimed photographer and author on the art and science of meditation, happiness and altruism, Nepal/France

9:15 | MOTIVATION & LIFESTYLE: THE KEY TO A FLOURISHING LIFE
The quality of our engagement, performance, and wellbeing in all spheres of life is strongly affected by the extent to which our motivation for acting is either autonomous or controlled. Learn about Self-Determination Theory's applied research, including interventions in schools, workplaces, health-care clinics and virtual environments.

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

9:35 | MEANING IN LIFE: THE DEEP END OF FLOURISHING
Truly living a meaningful life requires some effort, some work, and some way of linking our destiny with the greater fate of the world and the people around us.

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

9:55 | ONE EARTH, ONE PEOPLE
We need a more holistic connection to the environment and each other if we are going to start the healing and move towards a more flourishing, joyful life. Explore how Western, Eastern and Indigenous methodologies such as spirituality, culture, ceremony, protocols, world art, music and dance can help us develop our respect and love for all living creatures on this earth.

10:15 - 11:00 MORNING COFFEE

ENHANCING WELLNESS


11:00 | UNLOCKING HAPPINESS AT WORK

Take a fascinating look into happiness, the science and research behind it, the practical methods for making it a priority in the workplace and the very real ways in which it translates into higher performance.

Jennifer Moss, expert on happiness and emotional intelligence in the workplace, co-founder of Plasticity Labs, Canada

11:20 | COMPASSION: THE HEART OF WELLBEING
Research is increasingly demonstrating that compassion and well-being are deeply intertwined.  Hear the latest evidence from behavioural science and neuroscience to address the nature of compassion and wellbeing, and the ways they are related. And learn about a new generation of programs that enhance compassion and wellbeing, and the diversity of their effects upon people and their relationships.

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

11:40 | ARE WE HEADED FOR ANOTHER GFC - GREAT FATIGUE CRISIS?
Time, money and energy are commonly regarded as vital life resources. When it comes to energy, how skilled are we at managing it? The state of our earth's energy reserves indicates that as humans, we have a lot to learn. But what about personal energy? Again we seem to be struggling.

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

11:55 | ACTION FOR HAPPINESS
Like physical fitness, our mental fitness or happiness in life needs a plan and daily action. This interactive session will take you through a wellbeing workout based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing identified by the New Economics Foundation and Action for Happiness UK.

Jo Mitchell

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

12:10 | PERSONAL STORY: THE GREAT AUSSIE BLOKE SLIM DOWN
Ever struggled with your weight? Or did you stop struggling years ago and let the pies win? Hear how a large lad with little self-control found the light and eventually became lighter, without fad diets but by taking responsibility for his own health and happiness.

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

12:30-14:00 LUNCH

14:00-15:15 STREAMS


Three concurrent streams will run between lunch and afternoon coffee. Delegates will be invited to choose which stream to attend.

STREAM 4: HAPPINESS & NEUROSCIENCE

14:00 | LASTING WELLBEING: THE MIND, BODY, BRAIN CONNECTION
In this stimulating blend of neuroscience, psychology and biology, we will explore the diverse range of influences that underpin a healthy mindset, including the neurobiology of exercise, the critical role of the gut-brain axis, positive psychology practices and the role of social connectedness. Leave with some practical daily rituals (both physical and mental) that you can implement to create neuroplastic changes in the brain for lasting wellbeing.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

14:20 | REFIRE to REWIRE
Brain plasticity encompasses a number of different neurobiological mechanisms by which our human brains and minds learn, change, and master new skills. There is more to mastery than just deliberate practice: coaching, motivation, positive emotions, and visualisation all play a role. In this session we'll explore the REFIRE model for tapping into the capacity for adult neuroplasticity and change. You can teach an old brain new tricks, but it takes more than simply waving a magic neuroplasticity wand and saying "Rewire my brain!"

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

14:40 | TRAINING YOUR BRAIN FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE  AND WELLBEING
Your brain is the most complex structure in the universe. It is the hardware of your mind and the receiver of consciousness. It is the physical basis of all you do and experience. Learn about the most powerful neurotechnology to improve your brain's functioning for healing, wellbeing, happiness, peak performance and spiritual growth.

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

15:00 | PERSONAL STORY: DEMENTIA DIALOGUES
Be moved and inspired by one woman's personal journey from despair to delight as she shares her interactions with her husband, Anthony, who has dementia. "Despite his confusion, he is still Anthony, he still has a quirky sense of humour, and an incredible ability to deliver one-liners that make us both laugh. Visiting him in the nursing home, which used to be so emotionally painful, has become a source of great joy for both of us."

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

STREAM 5: HAPPINESS & WORK

14:00 | TOTAL SUCCESS
Be uplifted by a series of interviews on what makes our corporate and political elite tick. Gerry Harvey (Harvey Norman); Lindsay Fox; John Bond (son of Alan); Australian of the Year Simon McKeon; and CEO Katie Page reveal that it isn't power or money that makes them happy, rather the wealth found in generosity, kindness, spiritual practice, family and community - true success lies in the riches of the soul. 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

14:20 | OUT OF YOUR MIND: CASE STUDIES ON HIGH PERFORMANCE AND JOY
Explore the impact of a group-based mind training program on two very different clients: the premiership-winning South Sydney Rabbitohs (2014) and an NGO called MND & Me, whose mission is to make life more bearable for those caring for family members with Motor Neuron Disease. By removing obstacles that the mind gets caught up in, we can create space for elevated emotions and clarity of purpose, and find joy in the most unlikely places.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

14:40 | PANEL: BUILDING HAPPINESS HABITS AT WORK
What do all the greatest leaders have in common? They have a strong happiness habit. Get some insight into how habits are created and how you can develop habits of high-performance and happiness in the same time it takes to eat breakfast.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Jennifer Moss, expert on happiness and emotional intelligence in the workplace, co-founder of Plasticity Labs, Canada

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

15:00 | SWITCH OFF: HOW TO FIND CALM IN A NOISY WORLD
We are all in desperate need to switch off in an overconnected, overstimulated and overwhelming world. Learn how to integrate the skills of switching off into your business and personal life while still keeping up with the speed and needs of your workplace.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

STREAM 6: HAPPINESS & LEARNING

14:00 | HAPPINESS, WELL-BEING AND LEARNING: NOT AN EITHER/OR PROPOSITION
Be engaged by this interactive and energetic conversation on the connection between happiness and learning.  Hear an overview of the science of flourishing and the impact on learning outcomes. Take a closer look at how well-being science translates into everyday classroom practice - not only improving student and teacher well-being but also enhancing pedagogy and learning outcomes for everyone.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

14:20 | HOW THANKING AWAKENS YOUR THINKING
Contemporary research has demonstrated that greater attention to gratitude has the potential to amplify the good in our lives and have a positive impact on both our cognitive processes and relationships. Gratitude has an imperative force that motivates us to want to give back out of acknowledgment for what we receive, and thereby awakens our creative thinking and sense of interconnectedness. By drawing on case studies in the field of education, this presentation will explore practical ways in which gratitude can be enacted to enable greater student engagement and resilience.

Peter FitzSimons AM

Dr Kerry Howells, pioneering researcher into the role of gratitude in learning, teacher educator and academic at the University of Tasmania, author Gratitude in Education: A Radical View

14:35 | CASE STUDY: TOTAL FITNESS AT KNOX GRAMMAR
Knox Total Fitness is an integrated Positive Education program which aims to support and improve the social, physical, spiritual and academic fitness of every student. The program has been scientifically evaluated over five years with encouraging results for both wellbeing and academic performance. Hear how the program was developed, evaluated and integrated into the wider school curriculum.

Paula Robinson

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

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

14:55 | ONE LIFE AT A TIME

Schools, universities, law makers and virtually all institutions are seemingly on an endless quest to find the right policy settings to promote civic order and prosperity. By necessity, such policy settings desire the greatest 'good' for the greatest number. Yet, against the backdrop of an increasingly rigid and codified political and economic system, people are seeking their fulfilment sometimes against the very things that are intended for the common good. Perhaps one of the keys to reimagining the future is to focus on individuals and to promote joy and delight, one life at a time. Can it be done this age of vast complexity and mechanisation?

Peter FitzSimons AM

Phillip Heath, leading educator and Head of Barker College

15:15 -16:00 AFTERNOON COFFEE

WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE?


16:00 | FAULTS, FAILINGS AND F#%K UPS...A PERFECT RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS!

Have you ever made a mistake? Have you ever failed at something? Do you have any limitations or weaknesses? More to the point, who hasn't? Many famous and successful people have failed or had faults; Steve Jobs, Tiger Woods, even (some say) Saint Mother Teresa! So, if we're all imperfect and fallible why do we resist our faults and failings so determinedly? What if we could not just accept but really LOVE our faults, failings and f%#k-ups? What if these could be used, personally and professionally, to enjoy more happiness and success in life? Ultimately, we may never really be happy unless we do!

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

16:15 | BETTER THAN SEX
Explore the power of altruism or 'DoGooding' and the neuroscience behind why we get a high when we help others.  Giving, helping others, finding a purpose beyond money, is a contributor to us being happy triggering the same two hormones as an orgasm! We are as wired for altruism as we are for mating!

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

16:30 | MINDFUL CONSUMPTION: HOW TO MOVE FROM MINDLESS CONSUMPTION
How can we as consumers use our purchasing power for the greater good? Uncover some of the secrets of the advertising world and learn how our actions can change attitudes faster than our attitudes can change actions.

Peter FitzSimons AM

Adam Ferrier, consumer psychologist, Gruen Transfer regular and one of Australia's best-known and awarded advertising practitioner

16:45 | PANEL: ONLY KINDNESS MATTERS
How can we bring about a shift towards a more altruistic, compassionate and kinder culture? Now more than ever we need to consider the happiness of the whole planet in order to face the complex challenges of the economy, life satisfaction and the environment.

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

Peter FitzSimons AM

Matthieu Ricard, leading humanitarian, Buddhist monk, acclaimed photographer and author on the art and science of meditation, happiness and altruism, Nepal/France

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

17:10 | TELL SOMEONE WHO CARES
Be uplifted and inspired by a young woman committed to creating a happy place for youth to unite and make a difference. At the age of eight she started a charity foundation and is now launching a global social enterprise to disrupt the palm oil industry which is destroying rainforest and degrading animal habitat.

Peter FitzSimons AM

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

17:20 | GRAND FINALE: WITH ONE VOICE CHOIR
Singing with others has been proven to improve our neural pathways and overall wellbeing. Feel your happiness levels soar as an acclaimed choir shares with us some beautiful and moving songs.

Peter FitzSimons AM

With One Voice Choir, Creativity Australia's program uniting and empowering thousands of people from all nationalities to create supportive communities

17:35 Close Day 2


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