happiness lectures

happiness lectures

Between 2006 and 2010, The Bristol Happiness Lectures established a reputation for being enjoyable, interesting events with leading speakers from positive psychology and the science of wellbeing. Initially developed by Chris Johnstone as part of his positive psychology education programme at Bristol University, contributors included Oliver James (2008), Ilona Boniwell (2007), Raj Persaud (2006), Phil Hammond (2010) and Miriam Akhtar (2010).

Here’s one from the archive


Over five hundred people filled St George’s Hall on 18th May 2010 for the fifth annual Bristol Happiness Lectures. Speaking were Miriam Akhtar and Chris Johnstone, with GP/comedian Phil Hammond as compere. The theme was positive psychology responses to depression. You can watch Chris’s talk on You-Tube in four installments of just under ten minutes each. Here’s the links.

Pt 1:Our story of resilience

Pt 2: The Self-Help SSRI

Pt 3: Strengths, Resources and Insights

Pt 4: Protective Factors

If you’d like to find out more about Happiness Training, see The Happiness Training Plan information at this link, where you can listen to the first track for free.