In this group, we'll skirt the trivial small talk and dive into deep conversations. Together, we'll explore ideas that are thought-provoking and challenging.
Each meeting will have a central topic. I'll send out some questions to think about ahead of time as well as a bit of suggested (and entirely optional) reading material. In each meeting, I'll start us out with a few questions to get us going and then we'll see where the conversation takes us!
There is no right or wrong. You don't need to be well-read or know much about a topic beforehand. All that's needed is an active sense of curiosity and an open mind.
A few ground rules:
• This isn't a debate. We're not here to convince one another of a particular viewpoint. All viewpoints and opinions will be listened to and respected.
• Talk as much or as little as you want. If you're shy, please don't let that stop you from coming.
Topics & New Member Survey:
See past events for an idea of the types of topics we discuss. One of the ways I select topics is through your input. To help me better tailor the group and our meetings to everyone's interests, it would be great if new members could take this quick survey:
Happiness is somebody to love,
Something to do,
And something to hope for.
[Quick Note on Practicalities & Logistics]
Please note that I've updated the location. We are now meeting at Chae Cafe & Eatery. They have a separate room I've reserved which I think will be better for our group now that we've grown!
Also, I'll be introducing some new ideas around moderation that I think will help facilitate our conversations even better.
Each meetup has a central topic, but the main point of these meetups is to have great conversation. We'll use the topics to guide us but will let ultimately let the conversation take us wherever it goes. The tone of these meetups is informal - don't worry about preparing anything ahead of time. Just bring yourself, and I look forward to meeting you!
This meeting, the topic is 'What Brings Us Happiness?' Anything goes, but a few questions and topics to get us started are:
What makes you happy?
What is happiness? What does it mean to be happy?
Can we pursue happiness in itself? Or does happiness come more as a side effect from other things pursued in our life?
Is happiness a choice? How much is our happiness within and how much is it outside of our control?
What factors contribute towards happiness? (Think money, friendship, good health, volunteering, etc.)
What is the difference between happiness and contentment?
Should we expect to be happy? Is this unrealistic? Are our expectations for how happy we should be too high? Is this driven by mainstream media, by social media, and by society in general? Should we lower our expectations?
How can we be more happy?
And a few suggested links/readings to get you started: