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Positive Psychology 2.0: Creating a Life of Meaning, Purpose, and Connection

Jonah Paquette, PsyD

August 19-23, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person or Live-Online

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Course Description

For years, surveys from around the world have shown that happiness tops the list of what most people want most in life. And for centuries, philosophers and theologians worldwide have sought to answer the ancient and timeless question of how to build a happy and meaningful life. Even the Dalai Lama reminds us that “the purpose of life is to be happy.”

Yet despite the importance we place on happiness, research has shown that rates of happiness have been on the decline for many around the world, spanning geography, demographics, and socioeconomic factors. And with hardship and trauma facing us seemingly constantly at home and abroad, how can we even begin to become happy amidst all these challenges?

These questions and more will be explored in this enriching hands-on course. Participants will learn to see happiness as a multifaceted and layered phenomenon, drawing on research from all around the world. After gaining an understanding of what happiness is and why it can feel so elusive, participants will explore 12 core principles for psychological well-being that can be cultivated during good times and bad.

Merging fields like positive psychology, neuroscience, and longitudinal research on happiness and well-being, this course will provide attendees with practical skills to combat depression and anxiety and foster lasting well-being in their clients and themselves. This course is appropriate for clinicians, educators, leaders, and those working in organizational settings.

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About the Instructor

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jonah Paquette has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. He receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.

Non-financial: Jonah Paquette has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Jonah Paquette, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, international speaker, and writer. He is the author of four books including Happily Even After (PESI Publishing, 2022), Awestruck (Shambhala Publications, 2020), The Happiness Toolbox (PESI Publishing, 2018), and Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being (PESI Publishing, 2015). His writing aims to provide both clinicians and the public with practical, research-backed strategies to foster greater well-being and connection in our everyday lives.

In addition to his clinical work and writing, Jonah offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of well-being and conducts workshops and keynotes around the country and internationally. He is a frequent media contributor, and is the co-host of the popular psychology podcast “The Happy Hour.” Jonah’s clinical experiences have spanned a broad range of settings, including Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, outpatient medical centers, and private practice. He previously spent over a decade in healthcare leadership at Kaiser Permanente where he helped run a large mental health training program spanning 20 medical centers. He has a passion for imparting the key findings related to happiness and well-being with a broader audience, and he is honored to share these with you. To learn more about Jonah and his work, visit

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What Alumni are Saying...

"I absolutely loved the class. Jonah was an engaging teacher who taught the material extremely effectively and practically." - 2023 Participant

"Jonah Paquette drew the entire class, both in person and virtually into every aspect of the class. He was approachable and relatable and welcomed comments and questions, which he responded to thoughtfully and thoroughly. He himself was the “poster Kid” for the topic he presented. He made me feel eager about incorporating the practice he presented into my personal life and into my work with my clients. The week flew by and I was sad to see it end." - 2023 Participant

"I thoroughly enjoyed Jonah's presentation! His tone matched the material and set a relaxed pace and he expressed genuine appreciation for participant's contributions. Clearly one of his strengths are humor, openness and humility." - 2022 Participant



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