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Poets, philosophers, and theologians have wrestled with the notion of “happiness” for thousands of years – to no common conclusion. More recently, scientists across the spectrum have also applied themselves to the task of interpretation. What do we know now, and can we agree? Historians, philosophers, psychologists, economists, and neuroscientists come together to present a picture of what this intangible state – one we all aspire to – is all about. To be forthright, these won’t be exercises in self-help. Rather, a hard, thoughtful, analytical, and sometimes fun look at an elusive, fascinating, complex topic.

What is Happiness? The Aspen Ideas Festival

    • Social Sciences
    • 3.2, 77 Ratings

Poets, philosophers, and theologians have wrestled with the notion of “happiness” for thousands of years – to no common conclusion. More recently, scientists across the spectrum have also applied themselves to the task of interpretation. What do we know now, and can we agree? Historians, philosophers, psychologists, economists, and neuroscientists come together to present a picture of what this intangible state – one we all aspire to – is all about. To be forthright, these won’t be exercises in self-help. Rather, a hard, thoughtful, analytical, and sometimes fun look at an elusive, fascinating, complex topic.

    • video
    Improving Happiness Through Personal Practice

    Improving Happiness Through Personal Practice

    Individual well-being can be systematically measured and systematically built.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    • video
    Psychology of Happiness

    Psychology of Happiness

    How do “experience” and “memory” shape well-being? Author Jonathan Haidt talks about three of the ten great truths from his book The Happiness Hypothesis. To be a great truth, it has to arise on multiple continents and multiple eras, but what we tend to find is that these truths occur to everybody who thinks about the human condition.
    Does happiness come from the outside or the inside? And what happens when the two conflict?
    Daniel Gilbert and Jonathan Haidt discuss

    • 53 min
    • video
    The Neuroscience of Happiness

    The Neuroscience of Happiness

    Is happiness a skill? Modern neuroscientific research and the wisdom of ancient contemplative traditions converge in suggesting that happiness is the product of skills that can be enhanced through training and such training exemplifies how transforming the mind can change the brain.
    Speakers: Kent Berridge, Richie Davidson, Daniel Gilbert

    • 1 hr 11 min
    • video
    Economics of Happiness

    Economics of Happiness

    Does money buy happiness? If you ask people does money buy happiness, they all get very high-minded and say, well, of course not and they begin to preach to you about love, meaning and other things.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    • video
    How to Recognize Happiness

    How to Recognize Happiness

    Happiness as an ongoing state of mind — rather than a fleeting pleasurable sensation — could be recognized by the predominance of positive affects, by an ongoing freedom from inner conflicts that express themselves in obviously tormenting ways, by a sense of inner calmness, and by attitudes that reflect some kind of benevolence toward others. Matthieu Ricard talks with Hanna Rosin

    • 42 min
    • video
    Martin Seligman on Flourishing

    Martin Seligman on Flourishing

    Martin Seligman on Flourishing, Public Policy, and the Army Book talk. While certainly a part of well-being, happiness alone doesn’t give life meaning. What is it that enables us to cultivate our talents, to build deep, lasting relationships with others, to feel pleasure, and to contribute meaningfully to the world? Featuring Martin E. P. Seligman 2011

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

bobconaboy ,

Could be an amazing course... But Isn't this all moot?

In third grade I learned very well not to judge a book by its cover and therefore I will preface this by saying what I'm talking about here's only re: what I read in the description and I recognize the course could be about something very fulfilling and worthwhile. As far as the course description goes I have to wonder if it's worth signing up aside from the fact that it could be something I don't expect: If happiness is like beauty or a person's unique taste for food or entertainment in that the definition is different for every single person and only we can decide what happiness is for ourselves (just like only we know what is beautiful to our eyes for example), what can anyone teach us about what only we can know is true for ourselves? The description of this coarse talks about the centuries long debate and consideration by great thinkers and others about what the definition of happiness is & points out that no one has come to a definition (yet!) that we can all agree on ...which the exactly the point. The idea that these great thinkers or anyone else for that matter has spent any significant period of time during their one precious life trying to figure out what no one ever will in such a way that we don't have the right to, well, it depresses me because no one's going to get back that time spent pondering and debating over a moot point and that's a sad way to spend the only time that we have. Of course maybe something wonderful after life, but that's another conversation.

Xobb12 ,

Excellent

Fascinating with practical tips and suggestions to boost happiness and contentment. Thank you!

Giovanni Urena ,

Great

Wonderful , insightful . Make more

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