GRAND HOTEL WICKLOW
7th September 8pm
Happiness and Well-Being Skills based on Positive Psychology
Michaela Avlund, a Positive Psychologist will share some of the many happiness tools which are so vital to surviving and even flourishing within a stressful and competitive society. By increasing our positive connections with ourselves and people around us, and by interpreting our experiences in the light of learning and self-encouragement we change our brain structure to produce the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. These are natural brain chemicals which calm our defence system and boost our immune system thus creating optimum physical and mental health.
We have to live with ourselves and our own attitudes and thoughts so why not make them the most encouraging and supportive we possibly can? Positive Psychology is the scientific study of what we human beings do when we are well and happy. Many scientists now believe that within the next 20 years nourishing our minds positively will be seen as a daily necessity similar to nourishing our bodies and taking exercise. Michaela Avlund gives workshops and classes in Happiness Skills based on Positive Psychology, her book will be available the end of November with further details. She will be giving a workshop and a free talk at the Mind, Body, Spirit RDS show on 25-26th of October.
FREE TALKS at RDS
Mind Body Spirit Festival
SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER 2015
Landsdowne Room 12am
Positive Psychology: You have the power to change your brain
Michaela will speak about our ability to change our brains through the use of applied positive psychology skills which are easily practiced habits that change our thoughts and mood increasing our personal well-being.
Michaela Avlund recently completed a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology in London. She has been giving talks and workshops in the RDS for a number of years, she runs courses and Positive Psychology (PP) holidays in various meditation centres in Ireland. Her greatest wish is to see PP implemented in the Irish educational system as she believes Positive Psychology is a great tool in preventing depression and anxiety disorders and enhancing relationships in the school. Her research on self-compassion revealed that religion or spirituality does not lead to well-being unless a person also develops self-compassion. Michaela is Danish but has lived in Ireland for a number of years.
Mind Body Spirit Festival
MONDAY 26th OCTOBER 2015
Landsdowne Room 3.45 - 5.15
CULTIVATING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
Positive Psychology Skills:
We have the power to create lasting relationships through usingn positive communication skills: altruism, Loving-kindness, assertiveness, forgiveness and self-compassion. These are habits that we can develop and inspire in others around us. Whilst respecting the inevitable grieving process we can increase our positive closeness to ourselves and others.