Everyone thinks that they know what makes them happy. Especially teenagers. But what if everything we thought we knew about happiness was wrong?
In Being Happy, Dr Justin Coulson (who has a PhD in the psychology of happiness) talks about how we buy the lie that happiness comes from having “stuff” and being cool, and shares what really puts us on the highway to happiness.
In an interactive and (sometimes) hilarious way, students will discover four of the biggest myths about being happy, and four of the greatest secrets to happiness – to create more positivity in their lives starting NOW!
How do I find my purpose in life when I can’t even find my pen?
“So what are you going to do with your life?”
“What are your plans after high school?”
“What do you feel like your life’s purpose will be?”
It doesn’t seem fair that we have to make the biggest, most important decisions of our lives when we are still so young and have so little experience. There is so much pressure to make a career decision and stick with it. “What if I don’t like what I chose?” “I don’t know what I want to do!” “I’m not interested in anything.”
In this presentation, Dr Justin Coulson will explore teenagers can discover their strengths, what it means to find purpose and meaning in life (at any age), how students can harness and drive their obsessions to productive outcomes, and how to find the courage to pursue their passion so they can be who they really are.
How to have a healthy relationship with your phone
Teenagers and their phones can be a little bit like Gollum and The Ring.
The phone becomes a teens’ ‘precious’, and anyone who interferes with that device risks death!
Smart phones are an incredible blessing and a devastating curse, and they are now ubiquitous. Every one (including teens) has one.
But do we need them? (Yes!)
And if we do (believe me, we DO!), how can we be the master of the phone, rather than the phone being the master of us?
In this presentation, students will find out how they can know if they really do have a dysfunctional relationship with their phone, discover what over-dependence on phones is doing to us psychologically, and brainstorm solutions to dealing with the ever-present mobile device and its impact on everything from academics to physical activity to relationships.
I can’t live without my friends
When Justin announced to his family that for the upcoming holiday, they were going away for a week to spend some time on the beach, his eldest daughter (a teenager) moaned “Nooo!” When asked why, she said, “If we go on a holiday I can’t see my friends for the whole week!”
Teenagers often feel like they can’t live without their friends. Friends are EVERYTHING! Is this normal? Is it healthy? Well… that depends. Research shows that friends have tremendous influence over the decisions our teens make – for good and bad.
Leaning heavily on the latest social psychology research, youth who participate in this session will discover why adolescents are a lot like cockroaches, what Roman armies can teach us about friendships, and how to ensure their friends don’t lead them down dangerous paths.