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More discourse than lecture, Practical Wisdom Workshops offer you the opportunity to engage with the subject matter, question and discuss with like minded people. Join the discovery of practical wisdom and how it could be applied in daily life.  Sessions are limited to 20 attendees

Being Happy

It is human nature that we tend to pursue happiness and seek to leave unhappiness behind. Actually, we can spend a lot of time and energy seeking happiness, often with limited success. The unexpected events of life can also overwhelm us, leaving us feeling small and miserable. Could it be that we are seeking our happiness in the wrong manner, or in the wrong place? Traditional wisdom tells us that true, lasting happiness is to be found within our being and is part of our true nature. It is unaffected by the fortunes or mis-fortunes which we inevitably experience as ‘my life’. This presentation will look at the advice of various philosophers on the pursuit of happiness and pose the question “What do I need to do to achieve lasting happiness?”


PRESENTER - Peter stoddart

Peter is now retired but spent his working life in the management of Victoria’s public lands, Forests and Parks, including a senior role in fire management. He has attended the School of Philosophy for 27 years and was a tutor for around 20 years. He has learnt from experience that happiness does indeed come from within.



Saturday 15 february 


10.00am - 12 noon    Approx 2hrs



School of Philosophy
1 Through St, Hawthorn, VIC 3122

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