2 DAY CONFERENCE
DAY 1 MC:
Terry Robson, journalist, author and broadcaster; Editor of WellBeing Magazine
8:27 / WELCOME & WELCOME TO COUNTRY
8:32 / EVENT PARTNER OPENING ADDRESS - NEW HORIZONS
Dr Jordan Nguyen, biomedical engineer, visionary and innovator
8:40 / OPENING PERFORMANCE - The Gyuto Monks of Tibet
Be mesmerised by the beautiful harmonic chanting of the Gyuto Monks of Tibet. And don’t miss the creation of the sand mandala of Heruka – the Mandala of Supreme Wellness (Chakrasamvara) during The Wellness Show expo. Cultivating innate wellness of body and mind as a means to achieve ultimate happiness is the quick path to enlightenment.
8:50 / BE HAPPIER: HOW TO ENJOY LASTING CHANGE
Most of us know what we can do to become happier, and yet most of us fail to follow up on our knowledge. An awareness or insight, a resolution or a commitment, are not in and of themselves sufficient for bringing about positive change in our lives. Hear how rituals and habits can help you bring about lasting positive change.
Dr Tal Ben-Shahar, Israel, acclaimed positive psychology lecturer who taught Harvard University’s most popular and life-changing course; best-selling author of Happier: Learn the Secrets of Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
9:30 / MAPPING HUMAN EMOTIONS: VIDEO PRESENTATION
Discover how the five primary emotions - enjoyment, anger, fear, sadness and disgust, as identified by pioneering emotions expert Dr Paul Ekman, arise and the way we respond to them. Learn how you can cultivate awareness of your emotional triggers and control your emotional responses.
PLEASE NOTE: Dr Eve Ekman will be joined by her father, pioneering emotions expert Dr Paul Ekman, for a video presentation of their work filmed especially for Happiness & Its Causes 2016.
Dr Eve Ekman, USA, an expert working with emotion and mindfulness to reduce stress and burnout while enhancing ‘professional empathy’ in the workplace
Dr Paul Ekman, USA,
renowned for his pioneering work on the recognition of emotions across cultures
9:50 / WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA: HAVING A CRACK – SURPRISE GUEST SPEAKER ANNOUNCED
A talk about why it's so hard at times to see that the glass is half full, not half empty. But why it's worth it and why it's important to try.
We are delighted to announce that William McInnes, one of Australia’s most accomplished and popular actors, will be our surprise guest this year. As well as delighting us in his film and TV roles, William is a best selling author of eight books including ‘Worse Things Happen At Sea’ which he co-wrote with his late wife, Sarah Watt.
William McInnes, highly acclaimed actor, writer and raconteur
10:20 - 11:05 / MORNING COFFEE
11:05 / HOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH
Despite the talk about personalised medicine, we are all too often bit players in our own health decisions. Hear how cutting-edge technology and the new frontier of health care can put you at the centre of the health care equation.
Thomas Goetz, USA, CEO and co-founder of digital health startup Iodine, former executive editor of Wired Magazineand author of The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalised Medicine
11:35 / THE WHOLE HEALTH REVOLUTION: FINDING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR MIND, BODY AND HEALTH
Determined to find a solution to her crippling autoimmune disease, Shannon Harvey found the answer in cutting-edge mind-body medicine. Her practical advice synthesises the work of leading scientists into a compelling account of how to be well in the modern world.
Shannon Harvey, journalist, award-winning filmmaker of The Connection
11:55 / YOGA FOR A HAPPIER LIFE
Review the latest research into the benefits of yoga including the results of Australian clinical trials of individualised yoga interventions for reducing depression and anxiety, and improving wellbeing.
Michael de Manincor, highly respected yoga teacher, counselling psychologist and yoga therapist who bridges Eastern and Western modalities of mind-body
12:10 / EATING WITH JOY
Confused over what constitutes a healthy diet? Feeling guilty about the muffin or wine and cheese? Learn how to build a healthy relationship with food and your own body so that you can ditch the guilt and eat joyfully!
Dr Joanna McMillan, qualified nutritionist and one of Australia’s favourite and most trusted health and wellbeing experts
12:30 / LUNCH
14:00 / ON TRANSFORMATION
Sometimes we are faced with seemingly insurmountable difficulties in our lives. Be moved by two amazing people who show we can transform problems into opportunities, anger into love, and sadness into happiness.
Petrea King, well-known cancer survivor, naturopath, mind-body healing pioneer; Founder and CEO, Quest for Life Foundation
Sebastian Robertson, Founder and Director of Batyr, a social enterprise focusing on preventative mental health education for young people
14:20 / CREATING BRAIN-FRIENDLY HABITS
We all want to form lasting habits that improve our health and wellbeing. So why does it feel so hard to break routines and establish new behaviours? To create a change that lasts we need some simple shortcuts to harness neuroplasticity – our brain’s capacity to adapt and learn.
Sue Langley, master trainer, researcher and international expert in positive psychology, neuroscience and emotional intelligence
14:40 / THINKING OUTSIDE THE SQUARE
Can you link cabbage to music? How about acrobats to piglets? Any idea what lake can fly? Flex your mental muscles as you play with words and ideas. Enjoy the benefit of finding fresh connections – the cornerstone of creativity and invention.
David Astle, Australia’s most popular wordsmith and crossword maestro for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age;author of Riddledom – 101 Riddles and their Stories
15:00 / THE POWER OF MUSIC
Explore how music can ignite the imagination, empower us to think and learn creatively and bring happiness and wellbeing into our lives.
Richard Gill OAM, renowned and beloved Australian conductor and music educator whose work in developing young musicians is recognised worldwide
15:30 - 16:15 / AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
16:15 / PANEL: HOW CAN WE PROSPER?
What does it mean to prosper? We often think of prosperity in terms of wealth but as we all know there is more to the good life than material possessions. Get some practical tips on things you can do today to create a more prosperous and happier life.
Dr Tal Ben-Shahar, Israel, acclaimed positive psychology lecturer who taught Harvard University’s most popular and life-changing course
Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, USA, leading social psychologist and researcher into happiness, and author of The Myths of Happiness and The How of Happiness
Professor Toni Noble, leading teacher, educator and psychologist; Adjunct Professor, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University
16:45 / STRESS LESS LAUGH MORE
Let's face it - stress sucks! It sucks the joy and excitement out of life. But there is a solution. Find out how to move out of stress and into positivity, creativity, happiness, fun and success!
Anthony Ackroyd, “The Laugh Coach”, is one of Australia’s most successful comedians and an expert on the amazing benefits of laughter
17:05 / IS SITTING THE NEW SMOKING?
Is our sedentary lifestyle killing us? Hear the latest research on the health benefits of moving more at work and get tips on how to incorporate more movement into your life.
Duncan Young, Head of Workplace Health & Wellbeing, User Experience, Lendlease
17:20 / CLOSING PERFORMANCE
ZEALOUS DANCE CREW, THE STREET UNIVERSITY
Be inspired and entertained as some of Sydney’s finest young dancers showcase their skills
17:30 / CLOSE DAY 1
DAY 2 MC:
Anna-Louise Bouvier, innovative mind-body expert and creator of the award-winning workplace mental health and wellbeing program Happy Body at Work
9:00 / THE HOW OF HAPPINESS: BOOSTING WELLBEING THROUGH KINDNESS, GRATITUDE, AND OPTIMISM
Drawing upon two decades of pioneering research with thousands of participants, Lyubomirsky introduces empirically-tested strategies to boost happiness, productivity, and health in our day-to-day lives. Much of our happiness at work and at home is within our control.
Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, USA, leading social psychologist and researcher into happiness, and author of The Myths of Happiness and The How of Happiness
9:40 / THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF LOVE
Take a journey with Christina Stevens on her epic adventure from Hollywood to Calcutta, in search of the true essence of love. Sit with her, and meet the iconic, inspirational Saint-to-be Mother Teresa, and find out how you, too can transform your life - right here, right now.
Christina Stevens, USA & Australia; award-winning filmmaker, global environmental activist and international bestselling author of a gritty memoir, Love: The Saint and the Seeker
10:10 / WHO’S GOT THE WEIRDEST PARENTS?
Fancy a game of Who’s Got the Weirdest Parents? Think you can win? A moving, revealing but ultimately hopeful exploration of a family that was definitely not what Richard ordered.
Richard Glover, top-rating drive time host, 702 ABC Sydney, weekly columnist with The Sydney Morning Herald, and bestselling author of Flesh Wounds
10:30 - 11:15 / MORNING COFFEE
11:15 / RETHINKING THE HEART OF HEALTH
High blood pressure is the leading cause of death world-wide, killing millions each year. Is it just a simple matter of adjusting diet and exercise or is there something else needed to reduce the heart disease epidemic?
Dr Alan Greene M.D., USA, respected and influential paediatrician, leading voice in health innovation, Chief Medical Officer of Scanadu, Founder of DrGreene.com and author of Raising Baby Green andFeeding Baby Green
11:35 / ARE WE BECOMING A MORE POSITIVE SPECIES?
Every day we are bombarded by the media with images of violent, selfish, and destructive human behaviour. And yet, there are many inspiring stories of love and empathy in response to the suffering of others. Maybe there’s hope for us, yet!
Professor Lea Waters, internationally recognised for her expertise in Organisational Psychology and Positive Psychology; Director, Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne; Winner, Australian 100 Women of Influence Awards
11:55 / COMPASSION: THE HEART OF SERVICE
Working on the frontline, caring for clients, students and customers, can be stressful and ultimately desensitising. How can we remain truly connected and keep compassion at the heart of our interactions with others?
Nickolas Yu, Founder, Slow Coach; Program Manager for Staff Wellness and Patient & Family-Centred Care, Sydney Local Health District
12:10 / HAPPINESS, CONNECTION AND IDENTITY
We often focus on our differences, but what makes us the same? Our sameness lies in our shared humanity and our search for meaning and happiness for ourselves and others. Explore the power of identity and connection in creating a happier Australian society.
Dr Anita Heiss, member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature
12:30 - 14:00 / LUNCH BREAK
14:00 / MENTAL TOUGHNESS – FOR WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH
In an increasingly complex and stressful world, mental toughness is essential. Scientific studies have shown it contributes to increased wellbeing and overall success in life. And the good news is - you can develop your mental toughness with easy to apply strategies.
Dr Suzy Green, leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology; Founder and CEO The Positivity Institute
14:20 / LIFE IS NOT HAPPY, GET USED TO IT
None of us can avoid the pains of birth, sickness, separation, loss, ageing, and death, but we can rise above and even avoid the gloom of self-pity. Genuine peace can be attained by freeing our minds from immature craving for love, recognition, and pleasure.
Thubten Gyatso (Dr Adrian Feldmann), Buddhist monk and author of A Leaf in the Wind and The Perfect Mirror: Reflections on Truth and Illusion
14:40 / PERSONAL STORY: WALKING FREE
The extraordinary true story of a young man who fled war-torn Iraq, came to Australia as a refugee by boat, spent months in a detention centre and went on to become a pioneering surgeon.
Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis, world leading osseointegration surgeon, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame Australia
15:00 - 15:45 / AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
15:45 / HOW GEORGE CLOONEY TAUGHT ME TO JOG…
Watching George Clooney pour a cup of his ‘favourite’ coffee easily tempts us to embrace our own coffee experience. We are persuaded, not because we are well-informed, but because we are emotionally driven. Is it possible to embrace this sophisticated knowledge of advertising to effectively pursue a key goal of our own, be that to get more sleep or to take up jogging?
Dr Helen Street, leading educator and psychologist specialising in wellbeing, engagement and motivation for young people; Chair, National Australian Positive Schools Initiative
16:00 / HOW TO FINALLY MAKE YOUR WELLBEING A PRIORITY
We can eat well, exercise often, become mindful with our thoughts and put into place things the research tells us should make us happy. But we might still have a nagging feeling that these actions are simply not enough. What is the missing ingredient for a powerful, congruent and productive life?
Dr William DeJean inspires and re-inspires innovative organisations for the work they do for our world, and is the author of Unleash Learning
16:15 / HAPFEST – POWERED BY PECHA KUCHA* 20 x 20 format
Be entranced by a series of stories about happiness and wellbeing accompanied by short visual presentations.
PechaKucha 20 x 20 is a simple presentation format where presenters show 20 images each for 20 seconds. The image advances automatically while the presenter talks along to the images.
// A JOURNEY OF 18 INCHES
Be inspired by a journey from head to heart, from "career driven" to "purpose driven” - and the mishaps that happen along the way.
Gillian Coutts, mindful leadership consultant and Partner, The Potential Project
// MONITOR ME
The health revolution is here with apps and tracking devices to measure your heart, your mind and much, much more. Can self-tracking improve our health and happiness?
Philip Goebel, long time self-tracker and founder of The Melbourne Quantified Self Meetup Group; CEO and co-founder of Quanticare Technologies
// A BRAIN FOR LIFE
Imagine if you lived differently – you could change your health destiny. Your lifestyle impacts your body, brain and mind health. What positive lifestyle decisions can you make to have a fulfilling long life?
Dr Nicola Gates, renowned clinical neuropsychologist and researcher who translates complicated neuroscience into everyday life to care for body, brain and mind
// HAPPY WORKPLACES
When the children and families in your care are dealing with the trauma of cancer, how do you prevent burnout and create a happy workplace?
Simon Rountree, visionary CEO of Camp Quality, Australia’s leading children’s cancer charity aiming to create a better life for every child living with cancer
// TRAVELS IN ICELAND
A stunning visual record of travels through a fascinating country. The people Matthew encounters are very funny and self-affecting so why is Iceland the most prescribed country in the OECD for antidepressants?
Matthew Johnstone, bestselling author of illustrated book I Had a Black Dog and Creative Director at the Black Dog Institute
16:50 / GRAND FINALE
THE BLUE MUGs
17:00 / Close Day 2