The happiness industry is booming. Self-help books promise us that the ultimate way of happiness and success can be found in positive thinking and positive relationships. Yoga schools and counsellors offer mindfulness trainings against stress. But how much do these promises hold? Can we increase our happiness by taking a positive outlook on life? Or should we rather accept ourselves and our everyday challenges as they are? This series will discuss happiness from different point of views.

The Quest for Happiness
Taming the wild horse?
Brian Ostafin
Datum: 
maandag 11 september 2017 - 20:00
Locatie: 
Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen
Tickets: 
€ 4,- / € 2,- SG-card / students free (available from 15 august)

The mindfulness movement seems to be everywhere. An accumulating body of evidence suggests widespread benefits of mindfulness ranging from attenuating anxiety and depressive symptoms to increasing creativity and even to diminishing racial biases.

The Quest for Happiness
Trudy Dehue
Datum: 
dinsdag 19 september 2017 - 20:00
Locatie: 
Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen
Tickets: 
€ 4,- / € 2,- SG-card / students free (available from 15 august)

For many years, happiness researchers reported that children in the Netherlands are among the happiest in the world. Like other countries with high happiness scores of their youth the Dutch took pride in these figures. However, as these children grow up this idyll seemes to be ruined.

The Quest for Happiness
Sue Roffey
Datum: 
dinsdag 26 september 2017 - 20:00
Locatie: 
Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen
Tickets: 
€ 4,- / € 2,- SG-card / students free (available from 15 august)

Positive relationships make all the difference to the quality of our lives - they help us celebrate the good times and support us in the bad - they even help us keep well and live longer!