The world’s largest conference on happiness and wellbeing will be staged at the International Convention Centre at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, June 22-23.
International speakers confirmed are:
WHY THE MIND IS IMPORTANT
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate and revered spiritual leader will appear via an exclusive video presentation.
FLOW: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE
Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (US), 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.
WHAT IS THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS?
Dr Christine Carter (US), sociologist, happiness and productivity expert; bestselling author of The Sweet Spot; Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, California.
HAPPINESS FOR ALL: FROM PERSONAL CHANGE TO SOCIAL JUSTICE
Matthieu Ricard (Nepal/France), 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.
MOTIVATION AND LIFESTYLE: FOUNDATIONS FOR A FLOURISHING LIFE
Professor Richard M. Ryan (US), 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, New York.
UNLOCKING HAPPINESS AT WORK
Jennifer Moss (Canada), expert on happiness and emotional intelligence in the workplace, co-founder of Plasticity Labs.
MEANING IN LIFE: THE DEEP END OF FLOURISHING
Associate Professor Michael F. Steger (US), psychologist and researcher into how leading a meaningful life contributes to wellbeing, Director, Center for Meaning and Purpose, Colorado State University.
Shamash Alidina, one of the UK’s most popular mindfulness coaches and cofounder of the Museum of Happiness, London.
Dr Aaron Jarden, president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology and lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study.
Local speakers confirmed (more names to be released soon):
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.
Ruth Ostrow, journalist, social commentator, creator of documentary series Total Success and regular columnist for The Australian.
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.
CHANGE YOUR STORY, CHANGE YOUR REALITY
Dr Jared Cooney Horvath, educational neuroscientist, researcher and lecturer, Science of Learning Centre, University of Melbourne.
PTIMISING YOUR BRAIN
Sue Langley, international expert on the practical applications of positive psychology, neuroscience and emotional intelligence.
HOW LITERATURE 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.
LIVING A MORE JOYFUL AND FLOURISHING LIFE
Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor, Darug/Yuin woman, researcher, entertainer and cultural arts educator.
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, Australia’s leading workplace laughter coach and thought leader on innovation, performance, resilience and leadership.
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.
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, consumer psychologist, Gruen Transfer regular and one of Australia’s best known and awarded advertising practitioners
BETTER THAN SEX
Hailey Cavill, award winning social entrepreneur, corporate-cause partnership matchmaker and humanist.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF POSITIVITY
Associate Professor Lindsay G. Oades, world-recognised applied wellbeing scientist and Director, Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne.
LASTING WELLBEING: THE MIND, BODY, BRAIN CONNECTION
Adjunct Professor Paul Taylor exercise physiologist, nutritionist, neuroscientist and founder of the Body-Brain Performance Institute.
ACTION FOR HAPPINESS
Dr Jo Mitchell, clinical psychologist and MindMax Project Leader for the AFL Players Association
Evan Sutter, writer and activist passionate about planting seeds of thought and discussion, founder of The Happiness Compass.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE FUNNY SERIOUSLY
Marty Wilson, author, behaviour change expert and former Australian Comic of the Year.
MENTAL HEALTH HIJACKERS – COULD THEY BE LURKING IN YOUR FOOD?
Michele Chevalley Hedge, qualified nutritionist, international author, Jamie Oliver Ambassador and founder of My Family Wellness.
WITH ONE VOICE CHOIR
Creativity Australia’s program uniting and empowering thousands of people from all nationalities to create supportive communities.
THE WELLNESS SHOW
The Wellness Show is Australia’s premier showcase of the solutions and technologies in fitness, health and nutrition, preventative health, education, psychology and more.
This free event is co-located with Happiness & Its Causes and features an exhibition of innovative companies, free interactive seminars, yoga, laughter yoga, wellness bookshop, meet-the-author sessions and more.
Automatic entry for conference delegates.