Our Happiness Dialogue Unpacked How To Cultivate Happiness And Build Confidence?

In Autumn 2021, 30 UCC Postgraduate and PHD candidates engaged in a virtual dialogue, to explore the challenges with happiness and self-confidence and to find effective pathways for the future.

Explore here, the ideas that emerged in our sessions and
listen to the students voice their ideas.

What Was Uncovered In The Dialogue?

Over 4 weeks, the students explored what's blocking their happiness and confidence. Together, we identified solutions to overcome the challenges. They engaged in separate break out rooms, then voted as a group on the top 5. Fear for the future featured as a number one issue, while taking time out and eating one bite at a time as a solution for the future.



The Same Themes Repeated Over And Over In The Session.....

There was a real sense of community and appreciation for PHD peers, from across the campus, being able to talk honestly on the real issues. Relief for some, when they realised they were not alone, with some admitting they were struggling with this new way of working and leaving.

Fears About The Future Career I Issues I Dialogue On Happiness & Confidence 0:31
Lack of Confidence I Issues I Dialogue On Happiness & Confidence 1:46
Isolation & Disconnection I Issues I Dialogue On Happiness & Confidence 2:01
A Pressure for Perfection I Issues I Dialogue On Happiness & Confidence 1:08
A Sense of Lack I Issues I Dialogue On Happiness & Confidence 1:11
Solutions To Fears About The Future I Dialogue On Happiness 1:40
Solutions To Demands On Health - Both Physical And Mental I Dialogue On Happiness 1:45
Solutions To Imposter Syndrome I Dialogue On Happiness 3:10
Solutions To Exhaustion From Juggling To Much I Dialogue On Happiness 1:02
Solutions To Family Related Difficulties I Dialogue On Happiness 1:45
Solutions to Confidence To Fear Of Not Being Good Enough I Dialogue on Confidence 0:58 I
Solutions On Lack of Comapssion I Dialogue on Confidence 1:15

The Students in each session broke into break out rooms to explore their top 5 issues and solutions. Here we have listed all of their statements and categorised by votes. You can also view the summary top 5 statements that were overall agreed upon by the group. For ease, please download the reports.

We believe from inner truth comes collective clarity. Collective agreement gives clarity and confidence on ideas to implement.