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Happy Together

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 9.00 AM - 12:00 PM

FORMAT: Interactive and engaging workshop featuring lecture, reflection, fun individual exercises and dyad discussions.

LOCATION: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre | Meeting Room 211

IDEAL AUDIENCE: Researchers, practitioners, students - anyone interested in exploring ways of applying positive psychology research to improve relationships of all kinds

Using Positive Psychology to Build Stronger Relationships

Positive psychology research indicates that one of the most important factors in human flourishing is building close relationships with others. Enjoying strong bonds with family members, romantic partners, friends, and co-workers is critical for thriving. Yet we all too often assume that these bonds will stay strong automatically and then are surprised if they begin to fray.

A better approach is to nurture and care for our relationships by learning skills and developing habits that can keep them strong. Working at our relationships like we work out our bodies at the gym can build relational muscle and flexibility—and the science of positive psychology can help us do so effectively.

In this lively and interactive session, husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski, co-authors of Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts  (Penguin Random House, 2018), invite you to join them in the “relationship gym” where they will be presenting and applying key research findings from the field of positive psychology to relationships of all kinds.

Three key take-aways:

  1. Distinguish between a healthy and harmful passion in relationships by recognizing the red flags of obsession and learning how to build a nourishing connection

  2. Practice prioritizing positive emotions and savoring shared experiences

  3. Identify, build, and facilitate strengths use in relationships


Workshop Leaders

Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski

Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski

Suzann (“Suzie”) Pileggi Pawelski, Author, well-being consultant & international “Romance & Research” ™ speaker.

Suzann (“Suzie”) Pileggi Pawelski is a well-being writer, consultant, and international speaker specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on relationships and health. Her 2010 Scientific American Mind cover story, "The Happy Couple," was the catalyst for Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts, the best-selling book that she wrote with her husband James. Happy Together was named a best book of 2018 by Business Insider, Success magazine, and The Greater Good Science Center.

Suzie pens a popular blog for Psychology Today and is a contributing editor for Live Happy. As a columnist for the Newsletter of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), she profiled many of the field’s leading scientists and featured their groundbreaking research. Suzie’s writing and work has been featured in numerous top-tier media including Time magazine, Inc. magazine, NPR, and The London Times. Together, Suzie and James give Romance and Research™ workshops around the world.

Previously, Suzie directed award-winning media relations campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, worked in publicity at Radio City Music Hall and was an associate producer for HBO Downtown Productions and The Joan Rivers Show.

James Pawelski, Ph.D., is Professor of Practice and Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania where he co-founded the world's first Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program with Martin Seligman. The Founding Executive Director of IPPA, he is currently leading a three-year, multi-million-dollar grant investigating connections between the science of well-being and the arts and humanities. An international keynote speaker, he has presented in more than 20 countries on 6 continents, including "Romance and Research” (TM) workshops with his wife Suzie. He is frequently featured in the media, including the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Today Show

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