Ed Diener, professor of psychology.—contributed

Come on, come on, get happy

World-renowned psychologist coming to Kelowna to talk about happiness.

Remember the childhood song If You’re Happy And You Know It Clap your hands?

World-renowned psychologist Ed Diener says there is a lot more to happiness than simply being able to recognize it.

Diener, one of the most distinguished psychologists in the world and a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, the University of Utah, and a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization, will be the first guest speaker of the 2017/18 UBC Okanagan’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

“The science of subjective well-being—happiness, life satisfaction, and positive feelings—has grown enormously in the recent decade,” says Diener. “We now understand some of the most important factors influencing people’s happiness, such as their temperament, the characteristics and policies of happy societies, and supportive social relationships.”

During his presentation, Diener will describe the habits and attitudes people can develop to increase their own happiness. Not only does happiness feel good, but his findings speak to health and longevity, superior work performance, lasting and supportive relationships, and even international policy decisions.

The event is free and open to the public, but on-line pre-registration is required. To register visit: www.speakers.ok.ubc.ca. Those with no internet can call 250.807.9950 for tickets.

Diener appearance is presented by UBC Okanagan’s Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, will takes place Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street at 7 p.m.

Just Posted

Kelowna takes to high altitude skating

Kelowna’s Landmark 6 building is the scene of synthetic skating this weekend

Petition filed to supreme court on Peachtree Village

A petition was filed Wednesday by the Friends of Beach Avenue Association

Kelowna pot dispensary launches petition

One of the medical marijuana dispensaries being sued by the City of Kelowna is fighting back

Ethel Street to reopen in Kelowna as upgrade work wraps up

Design work has already started for the next phase of Ethel Street’s active transportation corridor

Accident near Kelowna shopping centre

Fender bender on Springfield Avenue across from Orchard Park Mall

What’s happening

Find out what is going on this weekend in the Okanagan and Shuswap

Rockets stop two-game slide with win over Giants

Dillon Dube scores the game winner on a third-period power play Friday in Langley

Kelowna Rockets slip past Vancouver Giants: ‘When you don’t execute, there’s got to be changes’

Giants coach frustrated after his team’s 3-2 loss at Langley Events Centre

Second lawsuit this week filed against jail

Inmate claims he was stabbed by another inmate while in protective custody

Kelowna company offering calibration service cameras

Speedy Glass has been selected as one of 50 service centres

Fuel spill follows train derailment near Hell’s Gate

Empty grain train jumped the track after a landslide

BC Ferries vehicle traffic last summer was best ever

CEO says positive results reduce future pressure on fares

Big White has wet opening day

The resort only opened four out of 19 lifts

Most Read