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Susanna_Halonen_Happyologist Bio

Susanna Halonen is the one and only Happyologist®. She is a happiness coach and writer specialised in using the science of positive psychology to help people, teams and organisations to be their happiest, best performing selves. She is a published researcher, a TEDx speaker, an online columnist for numerous publications and the author of Screw Finding Your Passion (It’s Within You, Let’s Unlock It). She inspires and educates her loyal following through her blog at

You can also find Susanna on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A more detailed account of her career can be found on LinkedIn.


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Past Keynote Talks

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‘Screw Finding Your Passion’ at Festival of Doers

‘Screw Finding Your Passion’ at Brainwash Festival

‘Choose Happiness’ at Sheerluxe Women’s Day


‘The Art of Happiness’ at TEDxBrighton

From purpose to passion

‘From Purpose to Passion’ at TEDxSquareMile

Why a smile shapes your future

‘Why Your Smile Shapes Your Future’ at underground event

Passion and Courage at PurpleBeach

‘Passion and Courage’ at PurpleBeach Conference

The secret to living a life with passion

‘The Secret to Living a Life with Passion’ at TEDxRussellSquare


Published Research


A passionate way of being: A qualitative study revealing the passion spiral‘ in the International Journal of Psychological Research (Autumn 2014) with co-author Dr Tim Lomas.

This qualitative grounded theory analysis revealed a passionate way of being, with passion being located in the individual rather than in a specific activity. A new phenomenon to positive psychology, a passionate way of being is about having a purpose, creating positive impact, and pursuing variety. These key elements, amongst others, created a reinforcing, self-sustaining spiral, which offered a new route to happiness. Download the paper here >


Halonen_OccupationalmeaningfulnessThe effect of occupational meaningfulness on occupational commitment‘ in the International Journal of Psychological Research (Autumn 2013) with co-authors Itai Ivtzan and Emily Sorensen.

This correlational analysis demonstrated that occupational commitment is positively correlated with occupational meaningfulness. People who saw their work contributing to their own personal meaning in life were more wholeheartedly committed to their work. Such results show the importance of learning to find meaning at work and how it contributes to one’s commitment to their role. Download the paper here >