Happiness Basics is a free workshop that teaches you skills to boost your overall happiness. It is a four-week course and weekly classes run for two hours.

Joining a Happiness Basics workshop has been shown to:

  • Improve mood, vitality and energy levels
  • Boost physical and mental health
  • Reduce pain

It is based on positive psychology, which aims to make normal life more fulfilling.

What you learn

Guided by trained health professionals, the workshop shows you how happy people think and offers 11 practical skills you can practice to create happiness daily. Skills include savouring the moment, mindfulness and volunteering. Become an everyday hero!

Happiness can be achieved and reinforced daily as you:

  • Increase the number of positive experiences in your life
  • Be more engaged with friends and your community
  • Expand opportunities for achievement

Watch PCN Team Lead Teri Zucht give tips for the pursuit of happiness on CBC Calgary.

CBC Calgary also published an online article about the program.

Program suitability

Happiness Basics is open to anyone aged 18 or older.

It is not suitable for people experiencing severe anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts.

If you are in the midst of a crisis, struggling with severe depression or anxiety or having suicidal thoughts, PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER.

Please call the Distress Centre’s 24-hour helpline at 403-266-4357 or 211.


Workshops are being held both in-person and virtually.

You can register by:

Happiness Basics represents “a paradigm shift in health care.”

~ Leader, Calgary Foothills PCN behavioural health consultant Brice

Please note: This workshop runs for four consecutive weeks on the same day of the week and time. At the time of your workshop, you must be located in the Province of Alberta.