The Happiness Lab

The Happiness Lab is a six week experiment
that enables delegates to explore what psychologists,
doctors and faith leaders say will make people happier.

Tuesdays at 12noon from Tues 20th Feb – Including a soup lunch
Wednesdays at 7pm from Wed 21st Feb – Including a meal

What Is The Happiness Lab?

Based on a series of fly-on-the-wall documentaries delegates follow twelve people as they explore the following disciplines.

The idea is that as we observe their journey space is created enabling us to engage in a conversation about our own happiness.

The themes of each episode are:
Episode 1: Focusing on gratitude and savoring
Episode 2: Practicing acts of kindness
Episode 3: Learning to forgive
Episode 4: Investing in friends and family
Episode 5: Looking after your body and soul
Episode 6: Developing coping strategies

The Happiness Lab does not offer a prescriptive answer. Yes, professionals have pointed to indicators that could aid someone’s journey to their earthly “nirvana”, but the purpose of the course is to help delegates conduct their own experiments and come to their own conclusions. We operate on the belief that happiness comes from living well and that you live well when you exist as a spiritual person in a material age.

The Sessions

1—Focusing on gratitude & savoring
The goal of this session is to learn the art of savoring – what it is; what its effects are; and how to begin to count our blessings by saying “thank you”..

2—Practicing acts of kindness
Understand what kindness looks like; think more deeply about how it is offered and received; and plan some acts of kindness.

3—Learning to forgive
Define forgiveness and its boundaries; understand some of the skills needed to develop forgiveness; and to begin to think about how to put it into practice personally.

4—Investing in family & friends
Understand and act on the fundamental importance of relationships; what makes for good relationships; what might prevent them?

5—Looking after your body & soul
How to understand ourselves as “whole beings” (body, mind, soul, spirit); describe the influences upon us; and to encourage each of us to take responsibility for our body and soul.

6—Developing coping strategies
To explore coping strategies for when life is difficult; to identify what options are available; consider which ones we already employ when life is difficult.