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(and learn a bit more about how you work)



A course about all of us


This short course, over 4 one and a half hour modules explores what contributes to and what interferes with our sense of well-being, from an evidence-based research point of view. 



The worldwide "Wellness" and "Self-Help" industry is a multi-billion dollar one and is almost completely unregulated.  Some measures even show it as being larger than "Big-pharma", so it's hardly the poor, unfairly maligned enterprise it often likes to portray.  While there are many genuine and useful offerings, a large proportion of the "theories" and "cures" offered have little or no evidence to support their efficacy.  The idea that all you have to do is one simple thing, pay the money and you'll be happy/cured/stronger/more successful can be very seductive.  And the "gurus" who promote these theories, tend to tap into the notion that we need to be "fixed", and if we do what they're selling, we will be fixed.  Simple huh?  In reality, we humans are just not that simple. 

There is however, a huge body of research from the areas of psychology, neuroscience and even behavioural economics from which we can learn very useful insights into how we work, what we can realistically expect and what we can do to improve our general well-being.


Several threads of current research into well-being are investigated and techniques that have been shown to be successful in peer-reviewed scientific research are presented.  The approach is not one of “fixing” something wrong, but one of accepting how we are and working from there using a broad approach.

Topics include:

  • How the brain works

  • Why we are the way we are

  • Where do our attitudes and beliefs come from?

  • Responding to our thoughts and feelings more usefully

  • Practical skills and techniques

The course content draws from contemporary published scientific research from the disciplines of psychology and neuroscience.  It also includes some training in Mindfulness, an ancient Buddhist skill that has been secularised, thoroughly studied and validated scientifically in hundreds of studies. 


The objective is that you finish the course equipped with a better understanding of your own thoughts, emotions, reactions and behaviour and with details of some skills and techniques to help you to respond to everyday life in a way likely to improve your well-being .

How come some days we can achieve anything with a smile, some days are just ok

and some days a bit of a struggle?



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