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Jumping off the Hedonic Treadmill & Albury/Wodonga Branch AGM

Event number: 19020
1 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Stacey Rich (PhD Candidate, La Trobe University)

Jumping off the Hedonic Treadmill: Well-Being in Voluntary Simplicity

The internet is awash with stories of highly-paid, highly-stressed and deeply disappointed people opting out of the pursuit of status and possession, in order to find the good life. While it is sometimes called downshifting, choosing to limit expenditure on material goods and consumer services in order to find satisfaction and meaning, is most often referred to as voluntary simplicity. Proponents of the lifestyle claim it is a path to happiness and meaning, but is this the case? Voluntary simplicity is a very broad concept and there are no set practices that all simplifiers adhere to; it is a chose-your-own-adventure. Which begs the question, will all types of simplicity lead to the well-being outcomes promised? This presentation proposes that voluntary simplicity is associated with authenticity, as well as Seligman’s five pillars of well-being (Positive affect, Engagement, Relatedness, Meaning, Accomplishment). However, it seems that not all types of simplicity give the same boost in well-being.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will have an understanding of:

  • What voluntary simplicity is and is not
  • The positive outcomes associated with voluntary simplicity
  • The effect of different types of simplicity on well-being outcomes
  • Why we should even care


  • 6.00pm: Meet & Greet, nibbles
  • 6.30pm: Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • 7.00pm: Presentation
  • 8.00pm: Dinner


Committee Membership:

All members are welcome and encouraged to join the Albury Wodonga Branch Committee. There are a number of current committee members who will be retiring at the AGM, and so there is a need for new committee members. It’s a great way to develop networks with local psychologists, contribute to local professional development opportunities, and access and advocate for support and resources to benefit the local psychology community. It is also a wonderful opportunity to expand your personal skills in a diverse range of duties involved in various Committee positions, such as managing finances, preparing meeting agendas, and maintaining a webpage.

Nomination Forms for committee membership are completed online

Please note: Nominations close at midnight on Friday 3rd November 2017.

If you want to know more about Committee Membership, please contact our Branch Chair Aleks Tarnawski on or 0423 044 760

About the presenter(s)

Stacey Rich (BPsychSc(Hons)) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology and Counselling, La Trobe University Wodonga. Her broad area of research is positive psychology, with particular focus on the well-being outcomes of people who engage in low consumption lifestyles. She is interested in understanding how and why some people make major lifestyle changes that lead to sustainable practices; and she has a feeling it’s because doing so actually might feel pretty good. She has spent the last four years trying to prove herself wrong.

Online registration


La Maison Cafe
40 Lincoln Causeway, Gateway Island
Albury, NSW 2640
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 10/11/2017
End date: 10/11/2017
Time: 6.00pm-9.30pm


AGM Free

Non APS member: $ 60


APS - Albury/Wodonga Branch
Contact Aleks Tarnawski
0423 044 760