The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People

The RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health presents a new online public course for 12-18 year olds entitled, 'The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People'.

Please note: These lectures and resources will remain available on this page for a number of months into 2022.

Download a resource manual and a guide on how to use the course below.

Science of Health and Happiness for Young People - Resource Manual PDF | 12965.8 KB A guide on how to use this course PDF | 7342.2 KB

This lecture is delivered by Professor Ciaran O'Boyle, Professor of Psychology at RCSI and founding director of the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, and explores how young people can form strong habits for a happier life.

Watch 'What is happiness' here.

Useful resources

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People – What is happiness? PDF | 9419.6 KB

This lecture is delivered by Dr Pádraic Dunne, Lecturer, RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, and explores how young people can form strong habits for a happier life.

Watch 'How to form strong habits' here.

Useful resources

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People – How to form strong habits PDF | 1496.4 KB SMART habit tracker PDF | 205.7 KB

This lecture is delivered by Dr Pádraic Dunne, Lecturer, RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, and explores how young people can improve attention and focus throughout their life.

Watch 'Developing attention and focus' here.

Useful resources

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People – Attention and focus PDF | 3372.5 KB The National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland PDF | 3141.4 KB

This lecture is delivered by Professor Ciaran O'Boyle, Professor of Psychology at RCSI and founding director of the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, and explores how we can manage time and self motivate ourselves.

Watch 'Time management, self-discipline and motivation' here.

Useful resources

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People – Time Management, self-discipline and motivation PDF | 384 KB

This lecture is delivered Dr Jolanta Burke from the RCSI Centre for Positive Health and Psychology. It explores the role that positive emotions play in our lives and techniques to boost them.

Watch 'Positive emotions – part 1' here

Watch 'Positive emotions – part 2' here

Useful resources

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People – Positive Emotions PDF | 1887.6 KB

This lecture is delivered by Dr Pádraic Dunne, Lecturer, RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, and explores how young people can find solutions for increased body and mind awareness.

Watch 'This is what stress feels like' here.

Useful resources

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People - Stress PDF | 2972.9 KB

This lecture is presented by Professor Ciaran O'Boyle, Professor of Psychology at the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, and explores how the way we think about ourselves impacts our happiness.

Watch 'Strengths and Growth Mindsets' here.

Useful resources

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People – Strengths and Growth Mindsets PDF | 3442.1 KB

This lecture is delivered by Dr Trudy Meehan from the RCSI Centre for Positive Health and Psychology. It explores the importance of understanding that your brain is fine tuning and getting faster.

Watch 'Know your brain' here.

Useful resources

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People - Know your brain PDF | 22341.4 KB

This lecture is delivered by Dr Trudy Meehan from the RCSI Centre for Positive Health and Psychology. It explores how to improve the way your mind functions and make your 
brain healthier and your relationships more rewarding.

Watch 'Emotional wellbeing' here.

Useful resources

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People - Week 8 PDF | 14541.6 KB

This lecture is delivered by Dr Trudy Meehan from the RCSI Centre for Positive Health and Psychology. It explores how adolescents and adults need to be members of a connected community.

Watch 'Adolescence and young adulthood as a time of expansion' here.

Useful resources 

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People - Week 9 PDF | 12781.4 KB

This lecture is delivered by Dr Pádraic Dunne, Lecturer, RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health, and explores how young people can engage in activities that cultivate meaning, purpose and creativity.

Watch 'Whole person health' here.

Useful resources

The Science of Health and Happiness for Young People - Week 10 PDF | 3712.8 KB

This lecture is delivered Dr Jolanta Burke from the RCSI Centre for Positive Health and Psychology. It explores how wellbeing is not something you catch and keep – it is a journey, not a destination.

Watch 'Health and Happiness' here.