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Happiness: well what is it? Who the hell knows? Here are the 31 one happiness’s according to the Society of Happy People: Anticipation, playful, optimistic, love, humour, helpful, relieved, kindness, giving, hopeful, satisfaction, content, blessed, confident, nostalgic, celebrate, honourable, balanced, motivated, amused, enthusiasm, thankful, awestruck, social, joyful, peaceful, cheerful, lively, spiritual, inspired, mellow. Seligman suggested a Pleasant life, an Engaged life, and a Meaningful life. Eudaimonic well-being, is happiness associated with a sense of purpose or a meaning in life and hedonic well-being, which is basic pleasure. There is also Aristotelian ideas of laetus: Happiness in a thing that made me happy; felix: The happiness of comparative advantage; Beatitudo: The happiness that comes from seeing the good in others and doing good for others. Sublime Beatitudo: a reach for fullness and perfection of happiness, of goodness, beauty, truth and love. Or the simple Jennifer Michael Hecht three types of happiness: a moment of happiness, a good day, and a happy life. Others mention gratitude … and on it goes.

One thing that is true is that happiness seems to be left in the lap of the gods. What I think happiness is, what you think it is, what others think it is, is a real mystery? Does what I think about happiness make any difference to how happy I am? What worked yesterday doesn’t work today. Are there rules? Well some might say there are and tell you how to get it, get there, arrive there, make it happen, and approach it. This workshop series wont!

During these workshops, you, your participant colleagues, and I, as group leader, will work psychodramatically to untangle your beliefs and habits around happiness and the happiness of those around you. The group will engage with one another at depth and investigate this important and fundamental area of life. We will all leave richer for the experience and wiser for what we have unearthed and learned.

Dates: MAY: Tuesday 12th, Saturday 16th, Tuesday 19th,  26th JUNE: 2nd, 9th, 16th

Times: Tuesday 6.30 - 9.30, Saturday 10.00 - 5.00

Venue: 45 Clarence St, Coorparoo, Brisbane

Fee: $385
Group Leader: Peter Howie

Peter is the Executive Director of Psychodrama Australia as well as the Director of Training for the Brisbane Campus. He has been developing and running deep learning experiential psychodrama training groups since 1993. He qualified as a psychodrama practitioner in 1999 and as a psychodrama trainer in 2006.  He completed his Master of Education in 2011 and is currently a PhD candidate at Griffith University researching psychodrama. Peter operates from a conviction in the capacity of each human being to develop the flexibility and spontaneity to make a significant contribution to their own and other’s lives, irrespective of where they have come from, and current circumstances. He believes that all human life is relational, that we live as part of complex systems, and that working in groups opens up enormous possibilities that would otherwise not occur.

If you would like to attend more than one program are welcome and will be given a substantial discount on subsequent programs. The nature of the group, the learning methodology, and breadth of the topic ensures that each workshop has substantial differences which means those returning will gain a great new experience to broaden their understanding of themsevles, life and working in this manner.

The training run though Psychodrama Australia Brisbane campus is accredited through the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association Inc (AANZPA). For further details either click on the logo below or go to their website at www.aanzpa.org. If you have further questions about psychodrama or psychodrama training you could 1) Send us a general enquiry or question through our email by clicking here; 2) Browse our Frequently Asked Questions 3) or contact Peter directly on 0411 873 851.


Tuesday 12th May, 2015
Start 6:30 pm
Tuesday 6.30 - 9.30 pm Saturday 10.00 - 6-00
45 Clarence St Coorparoo
Brisbane, QLD 4151