As in previous years, this was a conference that appealed to people of all backgrounds, and so it attracted a large audience of over 2,000 participants. Credible, high-profile and respected speakers and forum moderators presented their material in ways that were accessible to all.
We heard from both international and local speakers from diverse and distinguished areas, including some familiar names: Sonja Lyubomirsky, Venerable Robina Courtin, Dr. Norman Doidge, Marva Collins, Dr. Daniel Goleman, Dr. Daniel Siegel, M.D, Professor Irving Kirsch, Dr. Brian Rosner, Morris Gleitzman, Professor Ian Hickie, Dr. Suzy Green, Tony Buzan, and Dr. John Gottman.
In addition there were pre and post conference workshops. I was faced with a tough choice between two one-day pre-conference workshops: John Gottman or Dan Siegel (of ‘Mindful Brain’ fame). I chose Gottman’s. It was a sell-out and a fantastic workshop.
“Relationships have to be a rich climate of positivity.”
Highlights, Comments and Quotations
“Slowly, slowly then, you’re becoming your own therapist. You talk to yourself, you literally change the story. This is practice. This is the point. It’s up to us. It’s possible to be our own therapist; to heal ourselves. The words are simple, like I said. To do it – I can tell you from my own experience – is the most difficult job on this early, but it’s the most worthwhile.” (Venerable Robina Courtin)
“The more you are angry, the better you get at it. The more you are kind, the better you get at it. We all innately have the potential to develop happiness.” (Venerable Robina Courtin)
“I am still a hedonist, I just look for pleasure in different places” (Geraldine Cox)
“Resilience is not avoiding negative emotions, it’s allowing yourself to experience the negative emotions and to come back up and out of them.” (Ingrid Poulson)
“Responsibility gives me control, just as control gives me responsibility.” (Ingrid Poulson)
“Support is what carries you to where you need to go.” (Ingrid Poulson)
“Happiness is found through the good we do.” (Marva Collins)
“We need to help children talk about how to be human.” (Marva Collins)
“Compassionate action: the more we have the better our society. It requires us to think less of us and more of others.” (Daniel Goleman)
“The basis of self awareness and self management – both of which are important for our happiness – is mindfulness. Empathy and relationship skills/social skills are the key to spreading happiness.” (Daniel Goleman)
“Mindfulness results in the integration of all regions of the brain. Without integration we have rigidity or chaos.” (Dan Siegel)
“Healing is a form of neural integration.”
“We can mold the brains of others through how we behave with others.” (Norman Doidge)
“Our brains are not infinitely plastic. It’s just that they are more plastic than we used to think.” (Norman Doidge)
A final thought:
What did you do or learn today which makes you a better person and the world a better place?
The 5th Annual conference will be held on 5-6 May, 2010: /index.stm and they have confirmed that Barbara Fredrickson will be a keynote speaker.
Related link: Happiness and Its Causes London UK, 2008 is reviewed here in a previous Positive Psychology News Daily report by Timothy So: Traveling to Happiness.
All courtesy of Amanda Horne