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Dinner with Dr. Celestino Fernández, PhD: "Happiness in Life and Work"
Register Here: Some philosophers believe that happiness is the purpose of life, while the U.S. Declaration of Independence states that the “pursuit of happiness” is an “unalienable” right. And yet millions of people are unhappy! Most are disconnected from their work, and the world is in strife. Over the past 20 years, happiness has become a hot research topic in numerous fields, including psychology, philosophy, economics, sociology, political science, and religious studies. Happiness also has become a major theme in the self-help industry with several books becoming best-sellers. It is a major theme in popular culture: magazines and newspapers have featured stories on happiness, videos are frequently being produced (e.g. Happy, Happiness 101, and The Economics of Happiness), happiness is a central theme in music (e.g. Pharrell Williams’ song, "Happy"), and the Internet contains over 81 million sites on happiness! Everyone wants to be happier! In this presentation, we will look at the research findings on what people say makes them happy, and we will learn how to be happier - both at home and at work. We'll cover a lot of ground - and have a lot of fun in the process! About Dr. Celestino Fernández Dr. Celestino Fernández served as Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona for 39 years before he retired July 2015, where he also served in several administrative positions, including as Vice President for Academic Outreach and International Affairs. He taught courses and conducted research on various topics pertaining to culture, including happiness. His happiness course, which he continues to teach even after retirement, regularly enrolls over 500 students and he has lectured widely in the U.S. and Mexico on happiness, once drawing an audience of over 1500. Prof. Fernández has published approximately 50 articles and book chapters on various sociological topics, including happiness. He has composed about as many corridos (Mexican ballads) and served on an equal number of university accreditation teams throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Dr. Fernández received both the M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University. Prof. Fernández has received wide recognition for his work and service. For example, he was honored by the American Association for Higher Education for his “Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education.” He received the “Public Scholar Dan Shilling Award” from the Arizona Humanities Council, and was named “Hispanic Man of the Year” by Cox Communications. In 2007, Dr. Fernández was named University Distinguished Outreach Professor at the University of Arizona in recognition of his “exceptional service to the community, state and nation.”

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    We connect, educate, inspire, and empower wellness practitioners and our allies to achieve our highest visions for ourselves, our businesses, and humanity as a whole so that we can become a more powerful, influential force for good in Arizona and the world at large.

    Arizona Wellness Alliance is a group of diverse healthcare providers and allies who meet and network to share their knowledge and expertise of complementary and alternative medicine and integrative wellness practices. We offer informative programs, networking, and the opportunity to contribute to the growth of holistic health and wellness practices in the community. Membership allows you to spotlight your practice or business at AWA events and on our website, receive discounted rates at events, and build relationships with like-minded professionals. We value our members and look forward to your participation in our organization.

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