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Vanessa King
Board Member
Action for Happiness

Vanessa is the architect of the 10 keys for Happier Living, which have engaged and inspired people around the world to take action for themselves and others and have been used in a wide variety of ways, including in school curricula. Her first book on the 10 Keys to Happier Living was published last year (Headline).


She is a Board member of Action for Happiness (AfH), the leading UK-based not-for-profit that focuses on proactively building skills for psychological wellbeing and resilience. She leads the translation of psychological research into practical action for individuals, organisations and communities as well as Action for Happiness’ consulting work with organisations.
Vanessa is one of a small group people globally to have completed a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, studying under Martin Seligman and with many of the other leaders in this field.


Her work has been quoted and featured in the Sunday Telegraph, the FT, Sunday Express, Guardian Online, Huffington Post and Psychologies magazine, amongst many other publications. She regularly speaks and runs workshops nationally and internationally. She has two TEDx talks and has delivered a Guardian Masterclass. She has a regular column in Psychologies.


Vanessa is also an experienced leadership, talent and organisational development consultant and has worked with a wide range of organisations around the world. She combines in-depth knowledge of the science of well-being and resilience with her consulting experience help people get the most from themselves and from life and organisations bring the best out of their people.  After her first degree in Psychology and biology Vanessa qualified as a chartered accountant, then her interest in bringing the best out of people, led to career stepping stones that include HR with two international banks and a global consultancy.


She’s endlessly curious, practices yoga, loves design, travel, the arts, food and cooking with friends. 

Mindful Living Show Presentation
Saturday 3rd June
13.45pm-14.30pm
Session Title: Paths to Happier Living