Students, faculty and staff on the Tusculum College Greeneville campus participated in a webinar that featured top Harvard professor and expert on the subject of happiness.
The event, sponsored by the Tusculum College Psychology Club, allowed students, staff and faculty access to Harvard College Psychology Professor Dan Gilbert presenting “What Your Mother Doesn’t Know About Happiness.”
Dr. Gilbert is known for having one of the most popular courses at Harvard College on the subject of happiness and is a leading scholar and voice on that part of the field called “positive psychology,” which focuses on healthy functioning, resilience and “what works.”
Gilbert’s book, “Stumbling on Happiness,” on which the presentation was based, draws on psychology and neuroscience and explores the various ways people attempt to make themselves happy.”
Gilbert has won numerous awards for his teaching and research, including the Harvard College Professorship, the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes and TIME.
The group was treated to a 40-minute lecture from Dr. Gilbert on what research indicates does and does not make people happy, as well as discussion on the common disconnect between what people think will make the happy and what actually does make them happy.
”What a great opportunity for our students to be able to learn from and talk to one of the most eminent psychologists of our day - live, from his living room, lo less,” said Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology and sponsor of the Psychology Club.
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