“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. The CD 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 lasts around 5 minutes. The strategies draw on scientific research together with the presenters’ personal 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.

It is recommended that you listen to the whole CD (just over an hour) and then choose 1 or 2 strategies to practise at a time. A lot of people listen to the CD or MP3 on their commute to work. Others while walking the dog or exercising. One GP, who recommends the programme to patients, listens to the CD in his car.

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Positive Psychology Foundations

Ready for the next step?  The Positive Psychology Foundations  is an 8-week online group coaching course, co-hosted by Miriam & Chris, which builds on the Happiness Training Plan. The next course runs from Weds 1st February 2017 May to 22nd March 2017.  The Positive Psychology Foundations are based on the PERMA model of Well-being, that Prof Martin Seligman describes in his book Flourish.  Our model is PERMA+. We’ve added an extra P, R & M to give a thorough grounding in and experience of the most important dimensions of 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 foundation in positive psychology and plant practices that improve the mood and increase your happiness, well-being and quality of life.  The group coaching format will suit those who want to build their personal well-being and coaches, counsellors, therapists & practitioners who want to familiarise themselves with the tools they can pass on to their clients.

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

New date for 2017 – Wednesdays from 1st February to 22nd March 2017.
Each session is 75 minutes long and includes a mix of new content, discussion, experiential practice and group coaching.

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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 listen to at a 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.

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

Happiness Lectures

Free webinar on Positive Psychology Foundations

Find out more about the Positive Psychology Foundations in this free webinar on Weds April 20th. Book your tickets via Eventbrite.

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.

Missed 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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