The Psychology of Happiness

Course details


Sat 13 Apr 2019

The Psychology of Happiness


This course aims:  to explore the concept of happiness from a psychological perspective.

You will learn about different routes to happiness presented by humanistic approach and positive psychology. We will explore the studies of positive emotion, positive character, positive institutions  and flow made by Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi.  You will learn about the art of happiness introduced by the Dalai Lama and Haward C. Cutler,  mental health, well-being, self-actualisation and peak experience  through studying concepts built on pioneering work by Rogers, Maslow, Jahoda and Erikson. You will learn about the use of psychological interventions to increase individual happiness.

Programme details

9.45am            Registration

10.00am          The Art of Happiness: different definitions and


11.15am            Coffee/tea

11.35am            Theories of Happiness and Authentic Happiness

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm            On Becoming a Person. Maximizers and Satisficers

3.15pm            Tea/coffee

3.45pm            Self -Actualisation, Peak Experience and


5.00pm           Course disperses

Recommended reading

Background Reading:

Seligman M.E.P. , Authentic Happiness, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, London, 2002

Seligman M.E.P., Flourish, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, London, 2011



Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £67.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Mrs Magdalena Olmos

Course Tutor

Magdalena Olmos has an MA from the University of Warsaw. She has been a lecturer  in psychology for over twenty five years.  She is also a qualified Personal Performance Coach.

Dr Alistair Ross

Director of Studies

Alistair Ross is a BACP senior accredited counsellor and supervisor and was Chair of BACP’s Professional, Ethics and Quality Standards Committee.  He is an accredited Baptist minister, on the editorial board of Practical Theology and an international board member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies and Theology (SEPTT).  He is Dean and Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford and an associate member of the theology faculty in Oxford.