Happiness Through Goal-Setting

Change the reasons for pursuing goals and achieve the ultimate aim of becoming happier.

What is Happiness Through Goal-Setting?

This 2 day face-to-face course on 17th and 18th November 2022 is based on research conducted within Oxford Brookes Business School by Dr. Christian Ehrlich.

The course focuses on participants’ four most important goals – mostly professional goals but can also include personal goals - and shows how these can be adapted to help people become happier in work and life.

This is an evidence-based, practical guide to reflection on the most important goals in life. This course combined with the book provides a unique framework and thought-provoking exercises to modify personal and professional goals to increase happiness.

Why we pursue our most important goals in life is an important question, and the answer we give ourselves greatly influences our happiness. This book presents the goal-striving reasons framework to illustrate the essential positive and negative ingredients: pleasure, altruism, self-esteem, and necessity. This new framework and the practical exercises throughout the book will enable readers to change their reasons for pursuing goals and achieve the ultimate aim of becoming happier in life.

Dates of event

17th November 2022 – 18th November 2022


Headington Hill Hall, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Oxford, OX3 0BP.

Book cover of Happiness Through Goal Setting

Further information

Feedback from previous cohorts

‘It made me look at myself, my motives for making choices and analyse whether they are truly making me happy’.

‘This training really got me thinking about ‘me’ – most of my time is spent thinking about and facilitating the needs of others. It made me think about me and my life goals’.

‘I found this course inspiring and extremely helpful’.

‘Thank you so much for the course – this has been one of the best things I have done’. 

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OBBS Business & External Engagement


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