CPD Programmes

IAL Speaker Series: Happy Red Dot: Being Happier in Singapore Using Positive Psychology & The 'Science of Happiness'


Jessica Dang (Ms)


3 hours


This is a fully online session conducted via ZOOM.  Participants can participate in the session from any venue of their convenience with a laptop / device that is compatible with ZOOM.  More details on participating in the session will be send to the confirmed registrants.




  • In order to participate fully, you will need a functioning webcam and microphone. Please note that, for successful peer learning and engagement, participants must be on camera at multiple points during this session. The facilitator reserves the right to remove participants from the session if they do not participate via video.
  • Smartphone or similar device to participate in additional tech-enabled activities
  • It is suggested you print out worksheets and other resources which will be provided prior to the session
  • Stationery such as plain paper, pens, markers, and highlighters


What is this programme about?


Happiness is one of the most sought after qualities in life, in both personal and professional contexts. Singapore, however, does not generally appear at the top of global happiness rankings — a stark comparison with other areas such as education, safety, low corruption, and standards of living, in which Singapore frequently tops the lists. There is a clear disparity between achieving professional success and attaining happiness, and this can lead to feelings of loneliness and anxiety.

Learn how to achieve greater happiness in your life by exploring the nature of happiness. Explore credible evidence and ground-breaking research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, and discover ways in which happiness can be cultivated and developed through the application of specific principles and the use of a number of tools, designed to target specific aspects of happiness.

In this interactive and fun-filled three-hour session, you will explore The Science of Happiness, examine what happens in the brain when you feel happy, and learn how being happy can be controlled by making a conscious decision. Drawing on findings from research in the social sciences, tools such as the Happiness Calendar and the Singapore Happiness Wheel will help you to explore happiness in your own context, and work on happiness in a systematic, step-by-step manner through hands-on activities and discussions. From here you will be able to apply your learning to foster your own form of happiness, and in turn attain and sustain a uniquely Singaporean brand of happiness. This fun and entertaining session draws on real world examples, custom-designed videos, games, and resources authored by the programme leader, and empowers you to take full control of your own happiness — and attain sustainable, genuine, Singapore-style happiness.

Please note that no form of recording is permitted during this session. All copyrights and trademarks are to be respected at all times.


What does it cover?


  • Understand the concept of happiness
  • Understand what it means to be uniquely ‘Singapore Happy’
  • Be aware of the key findings of The Science of Happiness
  • Be able to use the Singapore Happiness Wheel to understand what happiness means to you
  • Understand what happens in the brain when experiencing happiness, smiling, and laughing
  • Understand the latest neuroscience research on exercise, movement, and happiness
  • Be able to reflect on their own Happiness Set-Point
  • Understand the concept of flow, and apply techniques to achieve flow at work
  • Be able to apply research-tested happiness enhancing journaling techniques
  • Be able to apply lessons from the fields of cognitive, positive, and social psychology, and neuroscience, in their personal and professional lives
  • Be able to set up a personal Happiness Calendar


Who is it suitable for?


  • Adult Education: individuals involved in learning design, curriculum development, learning facilitation, competency assessment, integration of learning technology, or those involved in consultancy and advisory services relating to business performance
  • Learning Management: individuals involved in the management or support of learning programmes, systems and technology management and implementation, quality assurance of learning programmes, and business development
  • All educators, executives, healthcare professionals, and any other interested adults


About the speaker

Jessica Dang (Ms)

Certified Learning Specialist, Specialist Adult Educator, Executive & Team Coach

Jessica Dang has developed and delivered multiple bestselling face-to-face and virtual workshops and learning events internationally, and was instrumental in building the largest ‘hands-on’ education company in Asia. In addition to this, she has conceptualised and built leading education businesses, learning tools, and software for clients. An innovative educator, Jessica has also developed and managed large-scale, multi-location learning events and outreach programmes for leading international organisations. She brings her fun, trademark “chaos & mayhem” learning technique to all her programmes.

Jessica is a practicing workplace learning specialist, executive and team coach, business strategist, and author. She helps organisations build their learning systems, structures, and content. She works with senior executives and teams to help them achieve their personal and career goals, and helps companies design business and marketing systems.

Jessica’s Microlearning Kit has been downloaded thousands of times by learning practitioners worldwide. She has written popular columns in a leading local newspaper, a popular parenting magazine, and a highly respected Human Resources journal. Over 350,000 children, young adults, parents, educators, executives, and other adults have attended Jessica’s programmes. She is actively involved in community service projects and welcomes the opportunity to contribute her time and skills for worthy causes.


Jessica’s Qualifications Include:

  • Certified Workplace Learning Specialist (CWLS)
  • Certified Executive & Team Coach
  • Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE – eLearning Elective) 
  • Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA)