Hope and happiness are intrinsically linked. When you have a hopeful, positive mindset, your brain releases endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. When these chemicals enter your body, you experience increased levels of happiness. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the fifth annual World Happiness Fest will have a large helping of hope.
You can join the free World Happiness Fest Virtual Agora this March 18th– March 23rd, 2021. The event focuses on feeling, understanding, and acting on drivers to evolve and expand individuals and societies that thrive. This virtual event is free to attend, and can be accessed here.
The World Happiness Fest Virtual Agora consists of 20-minute TedTalk-style talks. The event includes dozens of speakers from around the world who will present the most up-to-date research and statistics on physical and mental health, specific calls to action, and easy ways that you can get involved.
On March 19th, iFred founder Kathryn Goetzke will host the “Mental and Physical Health” presentations from 11:45 am to 3:20 pm EST. iFred’s presentations bring together leading scientists, educators, innovators, technologists, business leaders, and entrepreneurs to share how mental and physical health are being addressed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to examine the obstacles that will likely arise in the future as a result of the pandemic. The speakers examine the mental and physical health tolls from the perspective of children, adults, first responders, and more.
The March 19th “Mental and Physical Health” track will include the following presentations:
Welcome. Co-creating the Future in Health Care
11:45am- 12:00pm EST – Kathryn Goetzke (Curator English) and Luis Gallardo
The Global Impact of COVID on Mental and Physical Health
12:00pm – 12:20pm EST – Myron Belfer, M.D., M.P.A,
Healing through the Power of Hope
12:20pm – 12:40pm EST – Dan Tomasulo, PhD
How Compassion is Key to Recovery
12:40pm – 1:00pm EST – James R. Doty, MD
The Prevents Pledge to Reach
1:00pm – 1:20pm EST – Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD
Tools to Support Frontline Workers
1:20pm- 1:40pm EST – Marjorie Morrison, LMFT, LPC
Talkspace as a Mechanism for Care and Connection
1:40pm -2:00pm EST – Rachel O’Neill, Ph.D., LPCC-S
Empowering Youth in Peer Activism
2:00pm – 2:20pm EST – Martin Rafferty
youthRISE: A New Era of Collective Action to Transform Mental Health
2:20pm- 2:40pm EST – Moitreyee Sinha
Advancing Mental, Social, and Spiritual Health
2:40pm -3:00pm EST- Tyler Norris, MDiv
Engaging in Challenging Times with Clarity, Calm, and Heartfulness
3:00pm-3:20pm EST – Sharon Salzberg
This event is free, and available around the world to all those that have internet access. For more information, or to join the movement to make the world a happier, healthier, and more hopeful place, visit https://hopin.com/events/worldhappinessfest2021.