Positive Schools

Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)


Tim Sharp (Dr Happy)


"What could be more important than teaching happiness and positivity to our young people. I'm so pleased to be part of the 2013 Positive Schools events and I'm looking forward to doing my bit to promote health and wellbeing among this vitally important audience" Tim Sharp, Dec, 2012

Happiness And Positivity

The Primacy Of Positivity – Applying The Principles Of Positive Psychology In Schools

Tim Sharp Positive Schools Conference


Teachers often assume that their students will be happy, engaged, and well-behaved in school after they’ve achieved some of their academic goals.  While this is not an unreasonable assumption – shared by teachers and students alike - it may not, however, be entirely helpful. 


In his highly acclaimed presentation, Prof. Sharp will argue that such an approach may well contribute to a phenomenon labelled the “tyranny of when” and also to a range of problems including negative, self-defeating emotions such as frustration, boredom and disengagement. As an alternative, it will be proposed that rather than waiting until success is achieved, the skills of happiness and positivity should in fact be taught and practised first and foremost.



By promoting the “primacy of positivity” educators can help students achieve their goals by capitalising on the significant findings of Fredrickson, Lyubomirsky, Cornelius and others and by leveraging off the energy and motivation created.


About Tim


Professor Tim Sharp is an expert in human behaviour and thinking. He knows that understanding and connecting with people (including getting the most out of them), is a serious business. Prof. Sharp takes it so seriously that he is passionate about making it fun and entertaining so his audiences actually listen and learn. Prof. Sharp has three degrees in psychology, more than two decades experience as a clinical psychologist, executive coach, corporate consultant, entrepreneur, manager, employer and parent!


He’s widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in the exciting new fields of positive psychology and is highly regarded among his academic colleagues (holding professorial appointments at UTS Business School and RMIT School of Health Sciences) as well as those in the business community. On top of all of that, he’s a best-selling author and regular media commentator who’s been read and heard and seen by literally millions of people over the last few years via his appearances on and contributions to Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Today Show, the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and ABC radio.



Please book early to ensure you secure your place at the most important Positive Schools Conference yet.