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The Ethics Of Happiness


Wed 17 Feb 2016, 6:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Ethics Centre, Legion House, 161 Castlereagh St, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $39.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: The Ethics Centre

We all want to be happy, but do we really know what it means? Is happiness simply a feeling, or is it something deeper and longer lasting? Is there a difference between feeling happy and being happy?

Social media, self-help books and advice columns are filled with happiness advice and happy people. Does the advice work, or is our obsession with happiness making us sad?

Happiness coaches insist they can improve our quality of life and mindfulness seminars are bringing Buddha to the boardroom, yet Beyond Blue say over a million Australians are depressed and two million are anxious. Do negative emotions undermine happiness or are they a crucial part of it?

Join The Ethics Centre and three super engaging speakers as we unpack happiness – social psychologist Brock Bastian, literature academic Camilla Nelson and psychotherapist Marc Alfred. Tickets $39.

Brock Bastian is a social psychologist at the University of Melbourne where he is an ARC Future Fellow in the School of Psychology. His research focuses on happiness, pain, and morality. Brock explores the unexpected psychological effects of our obsession with happiness.

Camilla Nelson is a Senior Lecturer in Writing at the University of Notre Dame Australia. She is a former Walkley Award winning journalist and has won a range of awards for her fictional writing. Her most recent book is a co-edited a collection of essays, On Happiness: New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century.

Marc Alfred is a psychotherapist and the Founding Director of The Institute for Leadership and a co-author of Successonomics, an international #1 best-selling encyclopaedia for change makers, mindful entrepreneurs and thought leaders.