1pm - 2pm
Friday 27 November 2020

What It Takes... to be happy at home and at work

The best antidote to fear and anxiety is positivity. Not the unrealistic positivity that comes from being overly optimistic, but the practical positivity that we experience when we work together to overcome our challenges.” Nic Marks, CEO & Founder of Friday Pulse, Statistician, Happiness expert and TED speaker.

Now, more than ever, it is so important to look after our mental health and wellbeing. The University of Surrey is dedicated to supporting our students, staff and alumni to ensure we are all equipped to cope better with the change and turmoil that we currently face during this difficult time.

It is with great pleasure, that Surrey welcomes alumnus Nic Marks, one of the UK’s leading experts on happiness and wellbeing who will talk us through what it takes to be happy at home and at work.



Please register for the event via the booking link. Upon registering, you will receive confirmation that your place has been booked. The link to view the talk online will be sent to you before the event. If you have any questions about the event, please email alumnievents@surrey.ac.uk.


The University is delighted to bring you the second in a series of exciting online events about ‘What It Takes…’. This month’s event focuses on mental health and wellbeing, an extremely hot topic for today’s world. In this session, Nic Marks will talk about why he thinks we should all take our happiness seriously and how happiness tends to lead to successful outcomes at home and at work. He will touch on how the search for happiness can occasionally misfire, and suggests that what we should really aim for is "intelligent happiness" - where we think about our long-term happiness without ignoring our short-term pleasure.

The event will also offer an interactive Q&A session to give you an opportunity to ask Nic any questions.

Speaker Biography

Nic Marks graduated from Surrey with a postgraduate qualification in Change Agent Skills & Strategies in 2003. Nic was once describes as a “statistician with a soul” due to his unusual combination of ‘hard’ statistical skills and ‘soft’ people skills.

He has been working in the field of happiness, wellbeing and quality of life for over 25 years with a particular emphasis on measurement and how to create positive change.

In 2008, Nic and his colleagues created the Five Ways to Wellbeing for the UK Government Office of Science: Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Give. They were designed to be the mental health equivalent of five fruit and vegetables a day. They have since been used very widely in the UK and globally as a framework for promoting positive mental health.

In 2010, he gave a TED talk on his work in public policy, which has now been watched over 2 million times.

Nic has been applying his creative thinking to the world of work since 2012. He is the founder of Friday Pulse Ltd and has worked with over 1,000 organisations and teams measuring and improving their happiness at work.

To find out more about Nic, please visit his website: https://nicmarks.org/.

About The Series

The What It Takes series will be bringing together insightful guest speakers on a wide range of topics that are relevant to you and your life. We’ll be asking big questions around careers and employability, current affairs, health and wellbeing and cutting-edge research. The events will be held on a regular basis and will be available to view on demand if you were not able to tune in on the night. Here at Surrey we want to support and bring our alumni and student community together during these very unusual and ever-changing times and circumstances. Click here to find out more about the series. 

If there’s a specific topic you would like to hear about or if you would like to volunteer to speak at one of our events, please do get in touch by emailing: alumnievents@surrey.ac.uk.