Marian Miner Cook
Athenaeum

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 - Evening Program
The Pursuit of Sustainable Happiness
Todd Kashdan

Science offers insights into how people can better manage their psychology in the pursuit of happiness. Much has been learned about what is required to be happy in the moment and how this psychological state can be sustained. Todd B. Kashdan, professor of psychology at George Mason University and a leading authority on well-being, curiosity, psychological flexibility, and resilience will clarify several neglected factors that increase and decrease a person's likelihood of achieving happiness. 

Todd B. Kashdan is a professor of psychology at George Mason University. He is a leading authority on well-being, curiosity, psychological flexibility, and resilience. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and his work has been cited over 30,000 times. 

He is the author of several books including “Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life” (William Morrow), and “The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self - not just your “good” self - drives success and fulfillment” (Penguin).

His research is featured regularly in media outlets such as The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, NPR, Fast Company, and Time Magazine. He is a keynote speaker and consultant for organizations as diverse as Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, Prudential, General Mills, the United States Department of Defense, and World Bank Group.

He received the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology.

With a focus on happiness from the psychological perspective, Professor Kashdan’s Athenaeum talk is part of a 3-part series on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Happiness co-sponsored by the Berger Institute at CMC.