Happiness? Who Wants Some? Cafe of Ideas
We all want happiness, of course. And yet, after thousands of years of culture – of philosophy, of religion, of science – we still don’t seem to have much idea how to get it. We know, in theory, that money doesn’t buy happiness – but most of us still want more of the stuff, and it still seems to be the primary measure of national success. Why is that? Something similar can probably be said of many of the other pleasures and comforts that we strive for. So what really does make a human being happy? Can we all be happy, or does the happiness of some depend on the exploitation of others? How can we organise our lives and our society for optimal happiness?
On The Panel We Have
Miriam Akhtar, one of a handful of people in Europe to hold a degree in the science of happiness. She is a positive psychologist in practice and works as a coach and trainer. She co-presents The Happiness Training Plan and is currently writing Positive Psychology for Depression, Self-Help Strategies for Happiness (Duncan Baird Publishers, 2011). Miriam runs Positive Psychology Masterclasses for personal and professional development.
Chris Johnstone, a specialist in the psychology of personal power. He worked for nearly twenty years as an addictions specialist in the NHS before focusing on teaching, training and writing. Addressing both personal and planetary issues, he organizes the annual Bristol Happiness Lectures (check out Chris’s talk on YouTube) and produces the free newsletter The Great Turning Times. He is author of Find Your Power – a toolkit for resilience and positive change (Permanent Publications, May 2010).
Jewels Wingfield, who has developed her unique and pioneering work for over 20 years. She is well known in the UK for her cutting edge and sometimes controversial work that addresses both the collective and individual consciousness of humanity. She is passionate about helping people connect personal inner freedom with outer environmental issues. Her work addresses important subjects such as how to cultivate authentic happiness and ‘What it is to truly Love’ and the relevance of this for healing our world.
Liz Zeidler of Modoto and the Bristol Happy City Initiative. With degrees in Philosophy and International Development, Liz likes to combine a thoughtful approach to the world with action to enable and inspire positive change in it. Happy City exists to spread happiness and create caring, connected communities where we can make the change we want to happen and where we shift our focus from bad news, fear and consumption to celebrating and spreading success.