Positive Psychology Foundations Online

Positive Psychology Foundations: 8 live webinars January 29 – March 18 2020

An online training in practices from the science of happiness which you can use yourself and pass onto others

Positive Psychology Foundations is an online course aimed at people wanting to use positive psychology in their work or for their personal wellbeing. The course consists of 8 live webinars hosted by 2 leading positive psychology experts Miriam Akhtar MAPP and Dr Chris Johnstone in the UK. Plus there’s an online resource of videos, articles, handouts and discussion forums. Bonus extras include the downloadable audiobook The Happiness Training Plan.

Join the 8th cohort beginning on January 29 2020 wherever you are in the world. You can join us live for the weekly webinar or replay it when it suits you and there’s plenty of interaction 24/7 on the group forum. We’ll be introducing the course in a free webinar on January 15 2020 and before then you can replay a previous webinar on How to be a Positive Psychology Practitioner

“This course, which is led by 2 amazing professionals, not only focuses on the know-how of Positive Psychology but more importantly, the real-life practices that really transform learning into reality, helping you (and others) to achieve a more positive state.” Fion Liew, Psychologist. 

The Positive Psychology Foundations are based on Prof Martin Seligman’s PERMA theory of wellbeing. We’ve built further on it with a PERMA+ model, adding an extra R, M & P to cover important elements in positive psychology. The aim of the weekly webinars (which are all recorded so you can also listen at your leisure) is to give you a grounding in positive psychology and plant practices that improve the mood and increase happiness, well-being and quality of life.  The group coaching format will suit people who want to build their personal well-being and coaches, counsellors and therapists who want to familiarise themselves with the tools they can pass on to their clients.

“This course far exceeded my expectations; as well as a weekly webinar with two leading positive psychologists, there is a wealth of resources which can be accessed long after the course ends. Miriam and Chris give freely of their knowledge, wisdom and support to empower participants to take control of their happiness and to help others do so.” Carol Marler, Life Coach


Session 1. Positive Emotions: We start with ‘hedonic well-being’ – the feel-good factor of positive emotions. The ‘broaden & build’ theory explains how positive emotions not only feel good but do us good too. Plus we explore a range of practices that grow positivity such as savouring and gratitude.

Session 2. Engagement: This session introduces ‘eudaimonic well-being’, the other dimension of authentic happiness. We explore two forms of engagement. ‘Flow’ is the state of complete absorption, of being ‘in the zone’ and strengths – the inner resources that make up the positive you.

Session 3. Resilience: We’ve added an extra R for Resilience, a core area in positive psychology, to help you stay strong. This session looks at how to deal with emotional dips, apply the ABC of flexible thinking, cultivate realistic optimism and bounce forward from adversity.

Session 4. Relationships: Research has shown that the happiest people on the planet have good close relationships and active social lives. Humans need a sense of connection and belonging for well-being. This session explores ways to nourish our relationships and build networks of mutual support for interpersonal happiness.

Session 5. Meaning: What gives life meaning & purpose? We explore this deeper happiness, ways to find to discover your purpose and consider how spiritual practices can be used to promote mental health.

Session 6. Mindfulness: We’ve added the M for Mindfulness as this practice is a proven natural antidepressant, with benefits not only to mood, but also to memory, focus, relationships and health. The session introduces practices that are simple to apply in as little as a few minutes a day.

Session 7. Achievement: How to make change and make progress in your life. We explore optimistic thinking and the science of goals.

Session 8. Physical: We’ve added the P to reflect the importance of the body-mind connection to mental health. We look at how body-focused practices can form an essential part of an integrated Positive Psychology wellbeing programme. 

Join our global community for 8 weeks from January 29 – 18 March 2020 1930 UK time, 2030 CET, 1430 EST, 1130 PT.


“I would recommend the Positive Psychology Foundations course to anyone who wants to take responsibility for their own happiness. The course encourages action as well as contemplation… if you follow the very simple practical tools that are recommended on the course you can’t fail to improve your own wellbeing and hopefully the wellbeing of those around you too.” Laura Knightly Brown

The course involves a weekly webinar plus access to online resources, including summary tutorials, audio, video and a group discussion forum. Each session is 75 minutes long and includes a mix of content, discussion, experiential practice and group coaching. You can join us from the comfort of your sofa or your office wherever you are in the world! Or replay the webinar at a time to suit you.

To book your place. The standard rate is £295 ( c$400 or  €332) with an early bird rate of £245, which is guaranteed until the end of 2019. Please use the PayPal button below and you will be taken to a link for payment. Once your payment has arrived you will be sent a confirmation via email. We’d like to make our online training accessible, so if you’re on a low income or are a full-time student and would have difficulty paying our full rates, we can offer a price reduction on our Positive Psychology Foundations online training to £195 (approx $241 or €228) with an early bird rate of £165.  Please email Miriam letting us know your circumstances and we will send you a link for payment. Paypal accepts debit/credit cards and converts currencies if needed. You can also arrange a bank transfer.

Positive Psychology Foundations

Start the new decade positively. The 2020 course runs from January 29 – March 18 with a free mini-trial starting January 1 and a webinar on January 15. Want more? You can replay previous webinars on Positive Psychology for You, Me and UsHow to be a Positive Psychology Practitioner, What is Positive Psychology  and The Natural Anti-Depressant.

The course was originally based on the Happiness Training Plan, the audio programme that Miriam & Chris co-present. The course, just like the audiobook, is designed to have an anti-depressant effect, to help raise AND recover wellbeing. Our first group in 2014 spanned the globe from west coast Canada to east coast Australia. Our 2nd group stretched from the American Mid-West to India & Singapore. Our 3rd group in 2015 went from Iceland in the north to Argentina in the south. The 4th and 5th cohorts in 2016 and 2017 spanned the globe again. Previous participants have given outstanding feedback with several describing it as “transformative”. Read the feedback from the Class of 2017  and the Class of 2018.

“This course offers, not only an introduction to key concepts and applications of positive psychology, but also provides a platform for discussions and real examples of applications of positive psychology exercises to real life situations, not just theoretical. The expertise and excellent moderator skills that Miriam and Chris displayed were amazing. They are really professional and caring. I  felt the benefits of having a Positive Psychology Coach over the 8-weeks, as a person who can help you understand different perspectives and to elucidate the sustainable ways to happiness in its broadest sense. The image and audio were always great, despite the fact that I connected with my smartphone or tablet”.  Dr Abraham Salinas, Florida.

“This is an excellent course for providing practical tools to boost your happiness, energy and motivation. Miriam and Chris are very attuned trainers and provide considered and sensitive discussion and feedback. They present a wealth of stimulating material in an accessible way. Some of the tools I have been introduced to on this course have had a powerful effect on my outlook and I have been recommending them to friends. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone interested in developing their capacity to enjoy an enriched life.” Angela Hill, London.

“As illuminating and compressive an introduction to the world of positive psychology as you could possibly wish for. A colourful interactive journey that builds knowledge and practice for anyone interested in this important and emerging field. Chris and Miriam deliver the training with wit and wonder and a genuine interest and care for all those participating. Marvellous.” Graham Woods, coach.