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Happy Together

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 9.00 AM - 12:00 PM


LOCATION: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

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

Using Positive Psychology to Build Stronger Relationships

Three key take-aways:

  • Understand and evaluate the theoretical and empirical case for the significance of responding well for relational well-being.

  • Analyze one’s own relationships in light of the research.

  • Develop strategies for improving one’s responses in one’s own relationships.


Workshop Leader

Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski

Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski

Suzann (“Suzie”) Pileggi Pawelski has a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a freelance writer and well-being consultant specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on health and relationships. Her 2010 Scientific American Mind cover story, "The Happy Couple," was the catalyst for the book Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts, that she wrote with her husband James.  Suzie blogs for Psychology Today and writes the "Science of Well-being" column for Live Happy, where she is also a contributing editor. She gives “Romance and Research” (TM) workshops around the world with her husband James. Previously, she directed award-winning media relations campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, worked in publicity at Radio City Music Hall, and was an associate producer for 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