What is Happiness Academy?

Happiness Academy inspires, educates and empowers individuals to live more fulfilled lives, with more engagement, meaning, enjoyment and positive emotions. We do that by building engaging educational activities and materials and facilitating meaningful conversations and community around these topics.

To make your (and our own) journey and exploration easier and more effective, at Happiness Academy we designed a framework of “12 pillars of happiness” – a structured, organized, and easily manageable way to explore your own “pillars of happiness”.

At Happiness Academy, we use 12 pillars as a skeleton for our courses,  workshops, and conversations.


Designed for deeper learning, delivered in a small group, our online courses are an immersive journey with multiple modules, rich in practical exercises, tools, reflection, and discussions.
Experiential, engaging courses are at the at the core of the Happiness Academy work, as we believe this approach has the biggest impact on your learning and life.


At workshops we combine diverse evidence-based learning methodologies – enriching participants with positive psychology knowledge and tools, we also take them on experiential journeys through diverse exercises and experiences, followed by reflection, discussions and sharing, for optimal learning but also optimal experience.

Webinars & Talks

Focused on sharing content & tools from positive psychology, webinars are short, content-focused & FREE. They are not very interactive, and we record them for broad availability.

Happiness Academy vision

Happiness Academy’s vision is to inspire and empower all people in having a fulfilled, happy and joyful life and building meaningful, loving relationships with the self and others, while actively contributing to the world.

Happiness Academy mission

At Happiness Academy, we educate, empower and inspire individuals to build more fulfilling and happy lives and moments.
We do so through activities in three areas:
• Designing and delivering workshops, webinars, and events on positive psychology topics such as happiness, resilience, positive emotions, self-compassion, positive relationships, mindfulness, happiness at work
• Creating great educational materials such as videos and visuals focused on positive psychology
• Building and nurturing a community of individuals passionate about Positive Psychology and engaging in meaningful conversation on how to lead a happier, flourishing life.

Why Happiness Academy?

At Happiness Academy, we follow the following three principles in all that we do:

1. Happiness matters

Happiness is one of the most elusive and most beautiful things in life. Our days are too valuable to not feel that we are thriving and living life to the fullest. Yet, achieving happiness sometimes can be challenging.

2.  We are all different

The way we work is focused on understanding the causes of your personal happiness and even more on learning and practicing the skills and approaches that promote happiness in your life. At Happiness Academy, you’ll learn how to become a happier person:
• through very personal and individualistic approach of your own needs, preferences and passions
• based on the science of positive psychology
• by focusing on building habits, reflection on personal causes of our happiness and new ideas/insights
• using proven and tested methods
• leveraging the power of supportive and motivating community

3. There is a science that figured it all out… so let’s apply it 🙂

The Happiness Academy offers a science-based framework for happiness exploration, a solid structure that is well designed and easy to dive into.
The focus is not only on understanding the causes of happiness but even more on learning and practicing the skills and approaches that promote happiness.

Who is behind Happiness Academy?

Mirna Šmidt

Mirna Šmidt is an interpersonal skills trainer and coach in love with the development of own and others peoples’ skills, in new experiences and travel and full of positive energy.
In parallel with her IT career in advanced technologies she acquired over 10 years of experience in training during which she has collaborated on numerous international learning projects and with many companies in diverse industries.

Mirna completed postgraduate studies in Applied Positive Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, NLP Masters practitioner and a range of coaching and training related educations. She is the founder of Happiness Academy, an initiative through which she is designing and delivering a broad range of positive psychology educational events and materials. Mirna also started Trainers’ Toolbox, a project through which she is developing creative tools for trainers and coaches.
Read more about Mirna at Mirna’s website and her background in training or at Linkedin.

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