[twocol_one]Presentation Abstract

All of us want to be happy. The difficulty is that our brains are optimized for survival but not necessarily happiness. Fortunately, our brains are neuroplastic and we can practice techniques that have shown to enhance genuine happiness. Some of these techniques which include mindfulness, gratitude and compassion practices will be discussed.

[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]About the Speaker

Dr Tony Fernando

Tony FernandoDr Tony Fernando is a psychiatrist and sleep specialist from the University of Auckland. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and later on his psychiatry and sleep training from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has been involved in the health, happiness and well-being of medical students and doctors in Auckland and helped develop the CALM website calm.auckland.ac.nz.  More recently, he has devoted his academic life in the study of compassion of doctors and nurses. He is a keen cellist and more recently has conquered his phobia of open and deep water by joining ocean swim races in New Zealand. He was awarded by the President of the Philippines in 2012 for his work on medical education and sleep medicine. In 2015, he was given the chair’s award, the highest award given by the NZ Medical Association to doctors in New Zealand.