Happiness is a highly desirable goal of people all over the world. But what is happiness and how can it be measured scientifically? What are the characteristics of happy children? What is the relationship between happiness and creativity? How can one nurture happy and creative children? To help parents to gain further insight on these issues, they will be introduced to positive psychology, the scientific study of happiness. Parents will learn how positive psychologists measure happiness via subjective well-being. They will examine the latest research findings on happiness, like the personality characteristics of happy children. To ensure that the learning process is meaningful and interactive, parents will engage in various activities during the workshop, like watching short videos on happiness and analyzing how happy they are via a survey on happiness. By the end of this workshop on happiness, parents will develop a good understanding of what happiness is, and how they can nurture happy and creative children.
1. Participants understand what happiness and positive psychology is.
2. Participants understand how to measure happiness via subjective well-being.
3. Participants understand the relationship between happiness and creativity.
4. Participants understand the personality characteristics of happy children.
5. Participants understand how to nurture happy and creative children.
Dr Ng Aik Kwang is the parent of two children who study at a neighbourhood primary school. He is also an expert on the cultivation of creativity in the Asian classroom and society. He has written six popular books on this subject. They include Why Asians Are Less Creative Than Westerners (2001); Liberating the Creative Spirit in Asian Students (2004); Creative Problem-Solving for Asians: A Practical Guide to Develop Your Creativity as an Asian (2007); Asian & Western Paths to Happiness: How to be Creative and Live the Good Life (2008); Creativity: Questions & Controversies (2009) as well as Psychology of Creativity (2013). Dr Ng received the 2001 Early Career Research Award from the International Council of Psychologists for a provocative paper which is interestingly entitled Why Creators are Dogmatic People, “Nice” People are not Creative and Creative People are not “Nice”. After obtaining his PhD in Psychology at the University of Queensland in Australia, Dr Ng worked as an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education (1999 – 2005). Besides lecturing at NIE, Dr Ng has conducted courses on creativity in many schools and learning organizations, including Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University and SIM University. Dr Ng is also an entrepreneur who set up The Idea Resort which provides interactive and practical workshops on creativity.