Monday 23 April, 2012

Is happiness good for you?

Prof Robert Cummins, School of Psychology, Deakin University

Happiness gets a good rap from almost everyone. It is experienced as a pleasant state and so, inevitably, people think more is better. To supply this demand for more happiness, a whole new industry has developed over the past few decades. A forest of popular books and numerous self-styled happiness experts claim they can teach people how to be happier. Indeed, the new disciplinary branch of ‘Positive Psychology’ gives apparent credibility to such endeavours. But what is the science behind the claims? Can ordinary Australians really be made happier and, if so, is it good for them?

This month Deakin University’s Prof Robert Cummins, an informative and entertaining speaker, who is an internationally recognise authority in this area, puts the record straight.

  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm, Monday 23 April, 2012
  • Venue: Long Room, Customs House at Riverside
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, where Prof Robert Cummins will be available to answer any questions
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Andrew

Prof Robert Cummins earned a BSc and MSc degrees from The University of Queensland and a PhD from The University of Western Australia. Since leaving Perth Prof Cummins has taught at Victoria College and Deakin University, where he is now a Professor of Psychology. His research has won him many awards, including two National Research Prizes, and was named the Distinguished Quality of Life Researcher by the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. Prof Cummins currently sits on the editorial boards of 11 journals around the world.


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