RCSI MyHealth – The Science of Happiness

  • Date: 19 January 2021
  • Time: 00:00
  • Category: Community,  General events 
  • Location: Online

Following public health advice from the Irish Government, the RCSI MyHealth Series 2020/2021 is taking place online only.

As a health sciences institution, we want to do our part in containing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our communities and all those working in healthcare. We at RCSI are committed to continuing public healthcare education and we are confident that the virtual RCSI MyHealth Series will prove highly informative.

The Science of Happiness

Everyone wants themselves and their loved ones to be happy. Most of us want everyone to be happy. But what does it mean to be happy? What factors influence our happiness? Does it involve simply experiencing pleasure or is it more complex than that involving deeper issues such as using one’s strengths, helping others or finding meaning in life. In this session, we explore new research from positive psychology that seeks to answer these questions. We also look at how to define and understand happiness and we will examine research that shows us how to increase our own happiness and that of others.

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This panel discussion is chaired by Dr Mary Collins, Chartered Psychologist and Senior Executive Development Specialist at the RCSI Institute of Leadership.


  • Prof. Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health
  • Dr Trudy Meehan, Lecturer at the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health
  • Dr Pádraic Dunne, Immunologist, practicing psychotherapist and meditation teacher at the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health

RCSI Positive Health Series 2021

In 2021, the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health will host a Positive Health mini-series. Bringing together leading experts to address positive health across a range of topics, this three-part series is aimed at improving health and well-being. Members of the public are invited to watch this series online to learn more about positive health and wellness.

More information on the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health is available here.

RCSI MyHealth Series 2020/2021

The RCSI MyHealth Series is for people who want to learn more about common illnesses and health-related topics, and how we can improve out personal health and well-being.

Join the RCSI MyHealth conversation at #RCSIMyHealth or subscribe to the RCSI YouTube channel, where you’ll find extensive video content on a range of health science topics.

Upcoming events

Additional events will be announced later in the year.