Happiness & Its Causes 2020

19-20 November 2020 | International Convention Centre Sydney | Australia

The world's largest conference on happiness & wellbeing

2019 International Keynotes

Michael Mosley, one of the world’s leading authorities on health and wellbeing, science journalist and best-selling author, UK

Professor Elissa Epel, international expert in chronic stress, mindfulness, wellbeing, and healthy ageing and co-author, with Nobel Prize winning molecular biologist Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, of The Telomere Effect, USA

Professor David Cooperrider, the world’s foremost authority on strengths based, positive change, Case Western Reserve University, USA

Dr Fred Luskin, pioneering researcher into the healing power of forgiveness and director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, USA

Professor Amit Bernstein, working with traumatised refugees to develop science backed interventions that could prevent a mental health disaster, Israel

More Extraordinary Speakers!

Costa Georgiadis, landscape architect and much loved host of Gardening Australia, ABC TV

Meshel Laurie, popular radio and television broadcaster and best-selling author

Professor Ross G Menzies, CBT specialist working with obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, and anger-related problems


Professor Toni Noble, leading teacher, educator and psychologist in student wellbeing and positive education

Tenzin Choegyal, acclaimed Tibetan musician, composer, activist and cultural ambassador

Jill Stark, best-selling author of Happy Never After and High Sobriety, award-winning journalist, and natural born storyteller with a passion for equality, social justice and mental health

Morris Gleitzman, one of Australia’s funniest and best-loved authors for young people and Australian Children’s Laureate 2018-2019

Thea O’Connor, workplace wellbeing and productivity advisor, championing the concept of body intelligence 

Sarah Berry, lifestyle and health writer at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

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

Professor Ken Hillman, practising intensive care specialist who is a passionate advocate of improving the management of dying patients

Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Wakka Wakka/Wulli Wiulli Traditional Owner from Central Queensland, academic lecturer and university researcher


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

Dr Sarah McKay, neuroscientist specialising in translating brain research into simple actionable strategies for creativity, health and wellbeing

Father Rod Bower, Anglican priest and passionate advocate for human rights, much loved for his social justice billboards

Sue Langley, master trainer and leading advisor in the practical application of positive psychology

Dr John Maddocks, award-winning travel photojournalist and novelist

Nic Newling, outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention and sharing personal stories

Lynne Malcolm, Presenter, All in the Mind, ABC Radio National

Jocelyn Brewer, psychologist with a special interest in the psychology of technology and staying human in a digital age

Jane Mathews, author, marketing expert, exceptional tour guide and a woman who has learned to enjoy her own company.

Dr Jodie Lowinger, clinical psychologist passionate about sharing her expertise in managing anxiety and building resilience

Drew Harrisberg, exercise physiologist, sports scientist and diabetes educator who is happy, healthy and thriving with Type 1 diabetes

Dr Doris Brett, writer, clinical psychologist and award-winning poet

Kerry Cue, humourist, mathematician, journalist and author

Melli O’Brien, aka Mrs Mindfulness, respected meditation teacher nad co-founder of the Mindfulness Summit and The Bay Collective, entrancing musical trio

Catherine Davidson, conflict and disputes resolution expert and leading mediator

Michele Chevalley Hedge, nutritionist, international speaker and author The Healthy Hormone Diet and upcoming book, Eat, Drink & Still Shrink

Sean Hall, awarded marketer, innovator and strategist, Energx Founder


Sam Corfitsen, inspirational speaker, life artist and, most importantly, professional weirdo

Michelle McQuaid, workplace wellbeing teacher, playful change activator and best-selling author


Sophie Scott, award-winning national medical reporter for ABC TV, radio and online

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

Glenn A Baker AM, acclaimed writer and broadcaster specialising in travel, music & arts

William DeJean, award winning educator and founder of Unleash Learning

Annie Harvey, Author, personal leadership coach and laughter wellness leader

Lizzy Williamson, personal trainer, event ‘energiser’ and author

Happiness and Its Causes 2018 at the ICC Sydney

“Happiness & Its Causes is far and away the best conference I’ve ever been to.”

Robert Biswas-Diener, leading cross-cultural positive psychology researcher, USA

"Happiness & Its Causes is the largest positive psychology conference in the world.”

Tal Ben-Shahar, renowned teacher and author on positive psychology, Israel

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