“Clearly presented, easy to follow and, more importantly, highly practical. I love the Happiness Training Plan CD and recommend it to both colleagues and patients” – Dr Mark Daykin, GP.

“Training to be happy? Can it possibly be done? Can listening to a CD actually make us feel more alive, solve our problems and lead to an inner state of joy? It sounds impossible but what wouldn’t we give to be able to do this! The Happiness Training Plan suggests that far from being a random process, we actually have some control over our happiness, health and consciousness. Listening, relaxing and practising is what it takes to bring about profound and far-reaching changes, which help us to tune in to the inner voice of love and the source of our divinity. I have seen people change in this way and know that it can happen.” – Pat Pilkington MBE, Co-Founder, Penny Brohn Cancer Care (formerly Bristol Cancer Help Centre)

“A helpful, practical and easy to follow course for creating more happiness in our lives – it’s nice to find something so down to earth and straightforward which suits the listener” –Liz Igoe, Psychotherapist

“Excellent content that gives you the keys to happiness as well as plenty of tips on making it work for you” – Elizabeth Digby-Firth, CBT Therapist

The Happiness Training Plan

presented by Dr Chris Johnstone and Miriam Akhtar

The Happiness Training Plan is a self-help audio programme based on positive psychology, the science of happiness & wellbeing. The audiobook is designed to have an anti-depressant effect, to help you raise and recover your well-being. It condenses what is known about increasing happiness into 12 easy-to-follow tracks, which each last around 5 minutes. The strategies draw on scientific research together with the presenters’ own experiences of overcoming depression. The programme was launched at the 2008 University of Bristol Happiness Lectures. In 2012 the CD became available as a downloadable MP3. In 2017 it became download-only.

It is recommended that you listen to the whole audiobook (just over 1 hour) and then choose 1 or 2 strategies to practise at a time.  We’ve heard of people listening to the tracks on their commute to work, while exercising and walking the dog! A doctor, who recommends the programme to his patients, listens in his car.

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Positive Psychology Foundations

The Positive Psychology Foundations are based on the PERMA model of Wellbeing that Prof Martin Seligman describes in his book Flourish.  Our model is PERMA+. We’ve added an extra R for Resilience, M for Mindfulness and P for Physical Wellbeing to give a thorough grounding in the most important dimensions in the science of wellbeing. The aim of the weekly webinars (which are all recorded so you can also listen at your leisure) is to give you a foundation in positive psychology and plant practices that can improve the mood and increase your happiness, wellbeing and quality of life.  The group coaching format will suit those who want to build their personal wellbeing and coaches, counsellors, therapists & practitioners who want to familiarise themselves with the tools they can pass on to their clients.

New date for a new decade – Wednesdays from January 29 to March 18 2020.

Each session is 75 minutes long and includes a mix of new content, discussion, experiential practice and group coaching.

Try before you buy. Join us for a taster with this free mini-course which starts on January 1st 2020.   free mini course

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The live weekly webinar is at 7.30pm UK time (1130 US PT, 230pm US ET, 830pm Europe CET) which you can also replay at any time to suit you. Plus there’s access to online resources, including summary tutorials, audio, video and a group discussion forum. What makes this course unique is that you will be coached by two of the leading names in European positive psychology.

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.

To book your place go to the Positive Psychology Foundations page. Please email Miriam if you have any questions about the course.

 

“It’s amazing to be in a class where we were all connected from so many different parts of the world and time zones.”

Happiness Lectures

Free webinar introducing the Positive Psychology Foundations

Find out more about the Positive Psychology Foundations in this free webinar on Wednesday January 15 2020 at 730pm UK time, which runs alongside a free mini-taster course. Book your tickets via Eventbrite.

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Catch up with previous Happiness Lectures

Between 2006 and 2010 the Bristol Happiness Lectures established a reputation for being inspiring events with leading speakers on the science of wellbeing. Developed by Dr Chris Johnstone with the University of Bristol, contributors included Oliver James (2008), Ilona Boniwell (2007), Raj Persaud (2006), Phil Hammond (2010) and Miriam Akhtar (2010). In 2014 the Bristol Happiness Lectures metamorphosed into the Happiness Lectures Online. The subject of the first event was Sustainable Happiness – how to plant, cultivate and grow happiness with staying power with a special guest Mark Williamson from Action for Happiness.

Want to hear the 2015 Happiness Lectures on Love & Purpose? Here’s the link to replay the webinar.Love is a peak experience and our supreme positive emotion, while having a purpose lends a depth to the quality of our lives – a deep sense of meaning and well-being. When the two come together you have the ingredients for a rich and satisfying life which is more than the sum of its parts. It is a happiness with bandwidth. Love and Purpose come together as passion. The engagement of the heart is like the wind in your sails. Love gives you something to act for.

About Miriam & Chris

Miriam Akhtar is a positive psychologist, coach, trainer, author and producer. She was one of the first positive psychologists to qualify in the UK on Europe’s first Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP).  She’s the author of Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression and a founder member of both the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) and the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).
Contact Miriam / Positive Psychology Training

Chris Johnstone is a medical doctor who has pioneered the application of positive psychology within the UK health service. Featuring in the Independent on Sunday’s 2010 Happy List of people contributing to happiness in Britain, he is the author of the self-help book Find Your Power – a toolkit for resilience and positive change (2nd ed, Permanent Publications, 2010) and Active Hope, co-authored with Joanna Macy.
Chris’s Website

Testimonials

“Clearly presented, easy to follow and, more importantly, highly practical. I love the Happiness Training Plan CD and recommend it to both colleagues and patients” – Dr Mark Daykin, GP.

“Training to be happy? Can it possibly be done? Can listening to a CD actually make us feel more alive, solve our problems and lead to an inner state of joy? It sounds impossible but what wouldn’t we give to be able to do this! The Happiness Training Plan suggests that far from being a random process, we actually have some control over our happiness, health and consciousness. Listening, relaxing and practising is what it takes to bring about profound and far-reaching changes, which help us to tune in to the inner voice of love and the source of our divinity. I have seen people change in this way and know that it can happen.” – Pat Pilkington MBE, Co-Founder, Penny Brohn Cancer Care (formerly Bristol Cancer Help Centre)

“A helpful, practical and easy to follow course for creating more happiness in our lives – it’s nice to find something so down to earth and straightforward which suits the listener” –Liz Igoe, Psychotherapist

“Excellent content that gives you the keys to happiness as well as plenty of tips on making it work for you” – Elizabeth Digby-Firth, CBT Therapist

“The format is really original, it’s like listening to a radio programme, easy to follow with high quality material” – Sue Morgan, Consultant

“An excellent self help tool that offers a wide range of practical strategies which are easily applicable to everyday situations. Highly recommended for anyone working in the mental health services or simply wanting to enhance their own levels happiness and wellbeing” –Jennifer Horsfall (Senior Practitioner, The Wellbeing Service, The University of the West of England)

Previous Happiness Lectures

Watch Chris on Youtube

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Or read about Miriam's PE (Positive Emotions) kit for depression on Positive Psychology News.

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