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· Stage
ORGANISER OPENING REMARKS with ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
with Beth Phelan
Beth Phelan
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OPENING PERFORMANCE
THE NOMAD SONG with Tenzin Choegyal
Tenzin Choegyal
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HUMAN FLOURISHING IN CHALLENGING TIMES
with Professor Richard J Davidson
Richard Davidson
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CULTIVATING COURAGE AND COMPASSION: HARDWIRED INTO OUR NERVOUS SYSTEM
with Dr Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson
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PARADOXES OF HOPE: HOW THE WORST MOMENTS CREATE THE POSSIBILITY FOR THE BEST
with Dr Maria Sirois
Maria Sirois
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THE IMPACT OF SELF-CHALLENGE – SAYING YES WHEN IT IS EASIER TO SAY NO
with Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
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THE POWER OF ACCEPTANCE FOR PEACE OF MIND
with Shamash Alidina
Shamash Alidina
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FIRESIDE CHAT: LOOKING ON THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE
with • Shamash Alidina • Anthony Bennett • Toni Powell
Shamash Alidina Toni Powell Anthony Bennett
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THE ROLE OF TENDER AND FIERCE SELF-COMPASSION IN WELLBEING
with Associate Professor Kristin Neff
Kristin Neff
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TWO MINUTE MOVES
with Lizzy Williamson
Lizzy Williamson
· Sessions
BREAKOUT SESSION | MEDITATION SESSION
COMING TO YOUR SENSES MEDITATION with Petrea King
Petrea King
· Sessions
BREAKOUT SESSION | LAUGHTER YOGA
with Cris Popp
Cris Popp
· Sessions
SPEAKER Q & A | 2
with Associate Professor Kristin Neff | Moderator: Professor Toni Noble
Toni Noble
· Sessions
SPEAKER Q & A | 1
with Dr Rick Hanson | Moderator: Gillian Coutts
Gillian Coutts Rick Hanson
· Networking
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· Expo
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· Stage
JOY ON DEMAND: THE ART OF DISCOVERING THE HAPPINESS WITHIN
with Chade-Meng Tan
Chade-Meng Tan
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FIRESIDE CHAT: HOW CAN WE BE HAPPY DESPITE LIFE’S CURVEBALLS?
with • Professor Richard J Davidson • Chade-Meng Tan• Professor Elissa Epel
Elissa Epel Chade-Meng Tan Richard Davidson
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FINDING & NURTURING MEANING IN THE MOMENT: A PRACTICAL AND LIGHT-HEARTED APPROACH TO A SERIOUS TOPIC
with Professor Michael F Steger
Michael Steger
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PANEL: HOW DOES MEANING IN LIFE AFFECT OUR HEALTH & HAPPINESS?
with • Dr Rick Hanson • Associate Professor Kristin Neff • Professor Michael F Steger • Dr Maria Sirois | Moderator: Sophie Scott
Sophie  Scott Maria Sirois Michael Steger Rick Hanson
· Sessions
BREAKOUT SESSION | MEDITATION SESSION
WALKING MEDITATION with Jono Lineen
Jono Lineen
· Sessions
BREAKOUT SESSION | DANCE YOURSELF HAPPY
with Lizzy Williamson
Lizzy Williamson
· Sessions
SPEAKER Q & A | 2
with Michael Steger | Moderator: Sue Langley
Michael Steger Sue Langley
· Sessions
SPEAKER Q & A | 1
with Dr Maria Sirois | Moderator: Gillian Coutts
Gillian Coutts Maria Sirois
· Networking
NETWORKING
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· Expo
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· Stage
THE INNER SELF: THE JOY OF DISCOVERING WHO WE REALLY ARE
with Hugh Mackay AO
Hugh Mackay
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HOW TO MAKE LIFE AMAZING RIGHT NOW
with Toni Powell
Toni Powell
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ASK DR HAPPY – ANYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT HAPPINESS AND/OR MENTAL HEALTH
with Dr Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy)
Tim Sharp
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HAPPINESS IS AN INSIDE JOB
with Petrea King
Petrea King
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BUILDING STRESS RESILIENCE AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE
with Professor Elissa Epel
Elissa Epel
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INTRODUCTION TO HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA SESSION
with Beth Phelan
Beth Phelan
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MUSIC
with Tenzin Choegyal
Tenzin Choegyal
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IN CONVERSATION WITH HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA - RESILIENCE, HOPE AND CONNECTION FOR WELLBEING
• His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama • Professor Ian Hickie AM | Moderator: Tony Steel
His Holiness Dalai Lama Ian  Hickie Tony Steel
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A KEY TO MENTAL RESILIENCE: A MEANINGFUL LIFE
with B. Alan Wallace
B. Alan Wallace
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TWO MINUTE MOVES
with Lizzy Williamson
Lizzy Williamson
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SHORT BITES 1 | WELLBEING FOR BODY & MIND
DECREASE YOUR STRESS HORMONES, INCREASE YOUR HAPPINESS HORMONES with Sharon Kolkka
Sharon Kolkka
· Sessions
SHORT BITES 2 | MAKING CHANGES FOR A HAPPIER LIFE
HOW TO MAKE HAPPINESS STICK FOR EVERYONE with Dr. William DeJean
William DeJean
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SHORT BITES 1 | WELLBEING FOR BODY & MIND
ITSY BITSY HABITS FOR WELLBEING with Michele Chevalley Hedge
Michele Chevalley  Hedge
· Sessions
SHORT BITES 2 | MAKING CHANGES FOR A HAPPIER LIFE
THE POSITIVITY PRESCRIPTION with Dr Suzy Green
Suzy Green
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SHORT BITES 1 | WELLBEING FOR BODY & MIND
PERFECT MOTION: HOW WALKING MAKES US WISER with Dr Jono Lineen
Jono Lineen
· Sessions
SHORT BITES 2 | MAKING CHANGES FOR A HAPPIER LIFE
CHANGE FOR GOOD with Shannon Harvey
Shannon Harvey
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SHORT BITES 1 | WELLBEING FOR BODY & MIND
FIRESIDE CHAT: HOW THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION AFFECTS YOUR WELLBEING with • Sharon Kolkka • Michele Chevalley Hedge • Dr Jono Lineen
Jono Lineen Michele Chevalley  Hedge Sharon Kolkka
· Sessions
SHORT BITES 2 | MAKING CHANGES FOR A HAPPIER LIFE
FIRESIDE CHAT: PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE – CREATING A PLAN FOR CHANGE with • Dr. William DeJean • Dr Suzy Greens • Shannon Harvey
Shannon Harvey Suzy Green William DeJean
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MICRO HABITS FOR REGAINING ENERGY AND VITALITY
with Duncan Young
duncan young
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PERSONAL STORY: MY GARDEN PATH
with Costa Georgiadis
Costa Georgiadis
· Stage
TAME YOUR INNER CRITIC
with Clare Bowditch
Clare Bowditch
· Networking
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· Expo
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· Stage
POST-CONFERENCE FILM SCREENING: MY YEAR OF LIVING MINDFULLY
INTRODUCTION WITH THE FILMMAKER Shannon Harvey
Shannon Harvey
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FILM SCREENING: MY YEAR OF LIVING MINDFULLY (1hr 38m)
Note: screening will be available for on demand viewing from 5:50pm until midnight.
· Stage
EARLY MORNING MEDITATION
COMING HOME TO YOUR BODY with David Michie
David Michie
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· Stage
OPENING REMARKS
with Beth Phelan
Beth Phelan
· Stage
THE MAGIC OF MUSIC
James Morrison at Happiness & Its Causes 2014
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WELCOME: WHY HOSPITALITY IS THE ANSWER TO SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS
with Dr Robert Biswas-Diener
robert biswas-diener
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POSITIVITY RESONANCE: UNDERSTANDING EVERYDAY LOVE
with Professor Barbara Fredrickson, acclaimed positive emotions researcher and best-selling author of Positivity and Love 2.0, USA
Barbara Fredrickson
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MEANING AND HAPPINESS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
with Professor Roy Baumeister, one of the most influential and highly cited psychologists in the world, USA
Roy Baumeister
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FIRESIDE CHAT: WHAT MAKES FOR A LIFE WELL LIVED?
with • Professor Barbara Fredrickson • Professor Roy Baumeister
Roy Baumeister Barbara Fredrickson
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FRAZZLED: HOW THE SCIENCE OF MINDFULNESS CAN HELP
with Ruby Wax OBE, best-selling author, writer and performer of her own BBC shows and award winning one-woman theatre shows, and mental health warrior, UK
Ruby Wax
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IN CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD WISEMAN
with Professor Richard Wiseman | Moderator: Shannon Harvey
Shannon Harvey Richard Wiseman
· Stage
TWO MINUTE MOVES
with Lizzy Williamson
Lizzy Williamson
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BUILDING RESILIENCE 2.0: HAPPINESS IN DIFFICULT TIMES
with Dr Tal Ben-Shahar
Tal Ben-Shahar
· Networking
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· Expo
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· Sessions
SPEAKER Q & A | 1
with TAL BEN-SHAHAR | Moderator: Suzy Green
Suzy Green
· Sessions
SPEAKER Q & A | 2
with Robert Biswas-Diener | Moderator: Sue Langley
Sue Langley robert biswas-diener
· Sessions
BREAKOUT SESSION | DANCE YOURSELF HAPPY
with Lizzy Williamson
Lizzy Williamson
· Sessions
BREAKOUT SESSION | MEDITATION SESSION
EARTH CONNECTION MEDITATION with Jamie Marloo Thomas
Jamie Thomas
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BEING BRAVE IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY
with Robina Courtin
Robina Courtin
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THREE WAYS TO COPE WITH UNCERTAINTY
with Dr Christine Carter
Christine Carter
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PANEL: HOW CAN WE MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
with • Dr Tal Ben-Shahar • Dr Robert Biswas-Diener • Ven Robina Courtin • Dr Christine Carter | Moderator: Sophie Scott
Tal Ben-Shahar robert biswas-diener Christine Carter Sophie  Scott Robina Courtin
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ALVINU MALKEINU (HYMN OF COMPASSION)
Lior at Happiness & Its Causes 2015
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· Sessions
BREAKOUT SESSION | LAUGHTER YOGA
with Cris Popp
Cris Popp
· Sessions
BREAKOUT SESSION | MEDITATION SESSION
BEFRIENDING THE MOMENT MEDITATION with Evan Sutter
Evan Sutter
· Sessions
SPEAKER Q & A | 2
with Christine Carter | Moderator: Toni Noble
Toni Noble Christine Carter
· Sessions
SPEAKER Q & A | 1
with Ven Robina Courtin | Moderator: Sue Langley
Sue Langley Robina Courtin
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PERSONAL STORY: HOW RECONNECTING TO EARTH, SELF AND SPIRIT SAVED MY LIFE
with Jamie Marloo Thomas
Jamie Thomas
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HOW TO RECONNECT WITH NATURE: SOME PRACTICAL TIPS FOR CITY-DWELLERS
with David Michie
David Michie
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FIRESIDE CHAT: HOW CAN WE SHIFT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EARTH?
with Jamie Marloo Thomas and David Michie
David Michie Jamie Thomas
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CREATING THE WORLD WE WANT TO LIVE IN: HOW POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY CAN BUILD A BRIGHTER FUTURE
with Professor Felicia A Huppert
Felicia Huppert
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PREVENTING AND MANAGING BURNOUT IN TIMES OF STRESS AND UNCERTAINTY
with Jennifer Moss
Jennifer Moss
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TRANSFORMING DIFFICULT EMOTIONS INTO INSIGHT AT WORK
with Dr Eve Ekman
eve ekman
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FIRESIDE CHAT: HOW TO CREATE A HAPPY & HEALTHY WORKPLACE
with • Professor Felicia A Huppert • Jennifer Moss • Dr Eve Ekman
Felicia Huppert Jennifer Moss eve ekman
· Stage
TWO MINUTE MOVES
with Lizzy Williamson
Lizzy Williamson
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SHORT BITES 1 | MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS
EMOTIONS ARE DATA – WHAT ARE YOURS TRYING TO TELL YOU? with Sue Langley
Sue Langley
· Sessions
SHORT BITES 2 | FINDING STRENGTH IN THE FACE OF CHALLENGES
HOW FAMILIES CAN STAY STRONG DURING COVID with Professor Lea Waters AM
Lea Waters
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SHORT BITES 1 | MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS
ALL YOU ARE IS A MOOD – SO WHAT MOODS WOULD BETTER SERVE YOU? with Bernard Desmidt
Bernard Desmidt
· Sessions
SHORT BITES 2 | FINDING STRENGTH IN THE FACE OF CHALLENGES
CULTIVATING HOPE IN DIFFICULT TIMES with Professor Toni Noble
Toni Noble
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SHORT BITES 1 | MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS
USING THE MIND STRENGTH METHOD TO CURB ANXIETY with Dr Jodie Lowinger
Jodie Lowinger
· Sessions
SHORT BITES 2 | FINDING STRENGTH IN THE FACE OF CHALLENGES
PERSONAL STORY: WHENEVER YOU FALL, PICK SOMETHING UP with Cris Popp
Cris Popp
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SHORT BITES 1 | MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS
FIRESIDE CHAT: HOW CAN WE IMPROVE OUR EMOTIONAL AGILITY? with • Sue Langley • Bernard Desmidt • Dr Jodie Lowinger
Sue Langley Bernard Desmidt Jodie Lowinger
· Sessions
SHORT BITES 2 | FINDING STRENGTH IN THE FACE OF CHALLENGES
FIRESIDE CHAT: HOW CAN WE FIND SILVER LININGS? with • Professor Toni Noble • Cris Popp • Petrea King
Toni Noble Cris Popp Petrea King
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SHORT BITES 1 | MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS
MINDFULNESS ON THE FRONTLINE: HELPING US SERVE IN TURBULENT TIMES with Dr Reena Kotecha
Reena Kotecha
· Sessions
SHORT BITES 2 | FINDING STRENGTH IN THE FACE OF CHALLENGES
CULTIVATING A KINDER WORLD THROUGH DEEPER LISTENING TO SELF AND OTHERS with Nickolas Yu
Nickolas Yu
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TWO MINUTE MOVES
with Lizzy Williamson
Lizzy Williamson
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GLIDE: TAKING THE PANIC OUT OF MODERN LIVING
with Lisa Forrest
Lisa Forrest
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AWAKE: THE ART OF LIVING A FULL, EXAMINED LIFE
with Evan Sutter
Evan Sutter
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WORD WISE: HOW MINDFUL WORD CHOICES CAN SPARK CONNECTION
with Will Jelbert
Will Jelbert
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PERSONAL STORY: HOW DROPPING PERFECTION AND EMBRACING THE FULL HUMAN CATASTROPHE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
with Gillian Coutts
Gillian Coutts
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THE POWER OF SUFFERING: GROWING THROUGH LIFE’S CRISES
with Dr David Roland
David Roland
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WISDOM FROM YOUR FUTURE SELF
with Melli O’Brien (aka Mrs Mindfulness)
Melli O'Brien
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CLOSING REMARKS | Day 2
with Beth Phelan
Beth Phelan
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Speakers

His Holiness Dalai Lama

Nobel Peace Laureate and revered spiritual leader

Ian Hickie

Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director, Brain and Mind Centre and former National Mental Health Commissioner

Richard Davidson

World leading neuroscientist and psychologist, renowned for ground-breaking work studying emotion and the brain

Barbara Fredrickson

Acclaimed positive emotions researcher and best-selling author of Positivity and Love 2.0

Chade-Meng Tan

Former Google Jolly Good Fellow, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, and philanthropist

Tal Ben-Shahar

Positive psychology lecturer and best-selling author, who taught Harvard's most popular and life-changing course

Elissa Epel

International expert in chronic stress and co-author of The Telomere Effect

Roy Baumeister

One of the most influential and highly cited psychologists in the world

B. Alan Wallace

One of the foremost meditation teachers of modern times, renowned Buddhist scholar, author and teacher

Kristin Neff

Psychologist and pioneering researcher into self-compassion

Costa Georgiadis

Much loved host of ABC TV’s Gardening Australia with an all-consuming passion for plants and people

Melli O'Brien

aka Mrs Mindfulness, respected meditation teacher and co-founder of Mindfulness.com

Clare Bowditch

Music maker, story baker and educator

Tony Steel

CEO, Happiness & Its Causes

eve ekman

Leading researcher and trainer in emotional awareness, empathy, compassion, mindfulness and meaning at work

Ruby Wax

Best-selling author, writer and performer and award winning one-woman theatre shows, and mental health warrior

William DeJean

Inspiring educator and Founder, Unleash Learning™

Robina Courtin

Inspiring Buddhist nun and founder, Liberation Prison Project

Richard Wiseman

Described by Scientific American as ‘the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today

Shamash Alidina

One of the UK’s most popular mindfulness teachers and author of bestselling Mindfulness for Dummies

Reena Kotecha

Inspiring medical doctor and employee wellbeing expert; Founder, Mindful Medics

Michael Steger

Psychologist and researcher into how leading a meaningful life contributes to wellbeing

Nickolas Yu

Leader in workplace meditation and evidence-based healthcare coaching

Sharon Kolkka

Leading voice, consultant and advisor in the field of wellness

Sophie Scott

National Medical Reporter, ABC TV

Petrea King

Mind-body healing pioneer; Founder and CEO, Quest for Life Foundation

Tenzin Choegyal

Tibetan composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador

Michele Chevalley Hedge

Nutritional medicine practitioner; author of Eat, Drink and Still Shrink – a joyful guide to living

Beth Phelan

Organiser, Happiness & Its Causes Executive Director

Lea Waters

World expert in education and parenting and Founding Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, Uni of Melbourne

Evan Sutter

Author, coach and founder of Hapzly, an organisation creating tools and initiatives to help make the world happier

Jamie Thomas

Proud GunaiKurnai man and Maara descendant, Storyteller and Creator of Wayapa Wuurrk

Maria Sirois

Psychologist, consultant, teacher and author of Happiness After Loss

Jodie Lowinger

Clinical psychologist passionate about sharing her expertise in managing anxiety and building resilience

duncan young

Workplace wellbeing leader and strategist, Head of Workplace Health and Wellbeing, Lendlease

Suzy Green

Leader in the fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology; Founder of The Positivity Institute

Jennifer Moss

Award-winning journalist and expert on happiness and emotional intelligence in the workplace

Will Jelbert

Writer, communications consultant and coach; best-selling author of The Happiness Animal

Christine Carter

Sociologist, author, happiness and productivity expert, UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center

Cris Popp

One of Australia’s leading proponents of resilience and thought leader on innovation, performance, and leadership

Shannon Harvey

Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of The Whole Health Life

robert biswas-diener

Pioneer in the application of positive psychology and leading authority on strengths, culture, courage and happiness

Anthony Bennett

‘Miracle man’ who survived a near-death experience and then raised millions of dollars for a children’s hospital

Toni Noble

Leading teacher, educator and psychologist in student wellbeing and positive education

Bernard Desmidt

Author of Inside-Out Leadership and accomplished executive leadership coach

Rick Hanson

World expert in positive neuroplasticity; psychologist, best-selling author of Hardwiring Happiness

Jono Lineen

Storyteller, walker, and author of Perfect Motion; curator, National Museum of Australia

Lizzy Williamson

Personal trainer and fitness guru, author of Two Minute Moves

Tim Sharp

(aka Dr Happy), leading positive psychologist, executive coach and founder of The Happiness Institute

Lisa Forrest

Swimming champion, Australian Olympian, and Commonwealth Games dual gold medallist; mental skills coach and author

Toni Powell

Storyteller, workplace culture wonderworker and author

Sue Langley

Keynote speaker, global consultant and positive leadership expert

Hugh Mackay

Renowned social psychologist, researcher and bestselling author

David Roland

Dr David Roland, psychologist and author of 'The Power of Suffering' and 'How I Rescued My Brain'

Gillian Coutts

Author, Non-Executive Director Uniting NSW.ACT and Country Director of Potential Project

Felicia Huppert

Emeritus Professor of Psychology & Founding Director, Well-being Institute, University of Cambridge

David Michie

Meditation coach and internationally best-selling author of many titles including The Dalai Lama’s Cat series

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