Hi, I am Anna.
As an educator, I am not only passionate about seeing others being creative and growing but am creative and enthusiastic about new challenges myself. Therefore, Happiness Projects creates possibilities for growth and flourishing. I look forward to developing new ideas, so do not hesitate to contact me if you have one.
Happiness, lifelong learning, and growth.
I believe that as lifelong learners we can develop our skills from an early age and then throughout our entire lives. We can explore the possibilities for our growth and flourish.
Our actions (such as practicing a random act of kindness, or counting our blessings) can influence happiness by 40%. However, not all activities will help a particular person become happier. Because we all have different strengths, interests, and values, happiness-increasing strategies might vary from one individual to another (Sheldon, Lyubomirsky 2004). I am keen on discovering what activities work best for whom and how to implement them.
Creativity and inspiration
I graduated with an MSc in Pedagogy and Philosophy. Currently, I am a part-time PhD student researching strategies for increasing children’s well-being.
My passion for turning knowledge into practice led me to engage in several projects. As a part of the VUB Kinderuniversiteit, I gave The Science of Happiness workshops to primary school students. I am engaged in designing workshops for children in preschool and after-school settings, and workshops for adults.
Throughout my career, I have lived and worked as an educator in Poland, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Georgia, and The Netherlands. This international background has given me a unique insight into different points of view and needs.
Sheldon, K. M., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2004). Achieving sustainable new happiness:
Prospects, practices, and prescriptions. In A. Linley & S. Joseph (Eds.), Positive psychology in practice (pp. 127-145). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons