Dr Aaron Jarden: A Simplified Way to Wellbeing

Theatre Q230, Level 2, Kwong Lee Dow Building Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 234 Queensberry St, University of Melbourne


The newly developing field of positive psychology has identified a number of activities to increase individual wellbeing such as being grateful, more mindful and utilising personal strengths. However there are many other possible interventions that have not been considered in any depth. This presentation proposes and outlines a novel and largely unexplored pathway to wellbeing – simplifying your life. The notion of simplification challenges the very essence of the existing paradigm which is to add activities to one’s life (to be more, to do more) and has the potential to be one of the most effective and efficient pathways to enhancing wellbeing.

Dr Aaron Jarden is a senior lecturer in psychology at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and research fellow at AUT’s Human Potential Centre and will present this lecture for the Centre for Positive Psychology.