The Essentials of Happiness

The Essentials of Happiness

2015 International Policy Conference

Have you noticed that everyone is talking about happiness and wellbeing?
Happiness is important for life satisfaction and enjoyment. It is equally important for you, your family, and the people around you. From all corners of the planet, in small towns to big cities, in healthcare and home care, at school, at play and in the workplace, we seek happiness.
Join us as we discover the science, discipline and art of happiness and wellbeing.

 2015 International Policy Conference

October 1-2, Gordinier Hall, Millersville University

 The Essentials of Happiness

Renewal. Cultivation. Pursuit.

Links to 2015 Session Speakers' Presentations:   

Mr. John Murphy

Dr. Ryan Orr and Tracey Weis

Dr. Polly Bart and Mr. Benjamin Weiss

Ms. Randy Taran

Ms. Dana Elia and Ms. Holly Miller

Ms. Brooke Armstrong, Mr. Jim Rietmulder, Dr. Eugene Matusov

Dr. Justin Wolfers

Dr. Sara Hammerschmidt

Members of the MU Theatre

Dr. Knaap

Dr. Scott Sheiman

Sessions and Topics

Planned Sessions and Topics:

  • Opening Speaker: Ms. Linda Larsen
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Justin Wolfers
  • Enhancing the Wellbeing of Vulnerable Populations
    • Speaker: John Murphy, MSW, LCSW
  • Pursuit of Happiness: Gender, Public Policy, and the Search for Human Happiness
  • Finding Happiness in Sustainable Living, 
    • Speaker: Dr. Polly Bart
    • Speaker: Mr. Benjamin Weiss
  • Comparative Analysis of Social Factors Contributing to National Happiness and Social Change
    • Speaker: Ms. Randy Taran CEO project Happiness
  • Personal Happiness: Cultivating Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
    • Speaker: Dana M. Elia, MS, RDN, Ldn Owner, Fusion Integrative Health & Wellness LLC, Lancaster
    • Speaker: Holy Miller, RN, BS, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC, HTCP, CWP, Founder of Healing Dynamics, Lancaster
  • "Happiness-Why Wait?: Democracy and Education"
    • Speaker: Brooke Armstrong, Arts & Ideas Sudbury School, Baltimore, MD
    • Speaker: Jim Rietmulder, The Circle School, Harrisburg, PA
    • Speaker: Eugene Matusov, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Planning and Building for Health, Wellness, and Social Connectivity
    • Speaker: Sara Hammerschmidt
  • A Blueprint for a Better Quality of Working Life
    • Speaker: Dr. Scott Schieman, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto
  • Comparative Happiness and Global Policy-GNHP-Economic Factors
    • Speaker: Gerrit Knaap PhD. Director of the Smart Growth Center at the University of Maryland

Please check back for additional information!