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Inaugural Meetup: Surprising Findings from the Science of Happiness

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great to meet Robert Biswas-Diener but I would have liked to meet the people also who atttended. I thought part of the idea of a meetup is to meet people who are also interested in the topic .

    December 5, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did not fit it well with the group. I felt it would be better suited to professionals rather than laypeople.

    November 24, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did not agree with the nature of the speech. I left uninspired.

    November 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found the information very interesting. I'm very glad this subject is being studied.

    November 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speaker was ok, I just didnt agree with a lot of the points being said. Being from a spiritual background, it's difficult hearing the black and white so-called findings. It's just not that concrete to me. We're spiritual beings having a human experience, and I don't believe happiness is a 'science'. Just not what I thought this meet-up was about.

    November 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speaker was very informed and the questions from the group were diverse and humorous, at times. Nice, smart group. Thanks Andrew, for including Portland and keeping us informed on the subject of happiness!

    November 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great information regarding the science of happiness which will be very helpful in my teaching.

    November 22, 2009

  • Marjie K.

    I was hesitant about attending due to the 'online' nature of the group. When I saw that Biswas-Diener was speaking though, I changed my mind. The fact that he was speaking made it seem very legitimate to me.

    November 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Our inaugural meetup was a lot of fun! The group was diverse, with people coming from all backgrounds: practitioners, enthusiasts, researchers, students and some who just wandered in. Thanks to Robert for answering so many questions from the audience, and even a couple from twitter!

    November 22, 2009

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