The last ten years of research have lead to a host of surprising findings about the science of happiness. In this meetup, we'll gather in person to cover some of the most interesting developments. This will be a great chance for practitioners to meet each other and for enthusiasts to learn something new. At the inaugural meeting of happierPortland,
we'll have a special guest: noted author and educator
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, author of
Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. 3:00-3:15pm Gather in U.S. Bank Room 3:15-3:30pm Introductions: attendees; happierPortland; Robert Biswas-Diener 3:30-4:00pm Robert Biswas Diener: Surprising Findings about the Science of Happiness 4:00-4:20pm Questions and discussion
Robert Biswas-Diener, D. Phil., is Program Director for the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology and a part-time instructor at Portland State University. He is widely known as the "Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology" because his research has taken him to such far-flung destinations as Greenland, Kenya and India where he has studied the happiness of often-overlooked groups such as Amish farmers, tribal people and sex workers. Robert's research focuses on the intricate interplay between money, culture and happiness. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Positive Psychology, the Journal of Happiness Studies, and is the associate editor of Journal of Personality. Robert is co-author of Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth (2008), which won the 2008 PROSE Award. In addition to his research on well-being Robert is also a thought leader in the application of positive psychological science. Robert is a Certified Mentor Coach and has conducted positive psychology trainings for therapists, coaches, managers and consultants in Iceland, Denmark, England, Scotland, Turkey, South Africa, Israel, India, Canada and the United States. He is author of the book Positive Psychology Coaching (2007) and the forthcoming Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching (2010). This meetup will be held in the US Bank room of the Multnomah County Central Library. When you walk into the main door, the room is on the right before you enter the main library. All practitioners and happiness enthusiasts are invited to attend. I recently ran a similar-subject meetup with a group we started in Philadelphia, and we had a great time.
Some pictures are up online. Feel free to email me with any questions or suggestions for the meetup.