Center for Consciousness and Transformation presents ‘Science of Happiness’

Posted: November 19, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 18, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Mason’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation has begun offering programs to the general public, the next of which is an evening program on Wednesday, Dec. 16, called “The Science of Happiness.”

Todd Kashdan, Mason psychology professor and author of “Curious?” will lead the program through the latest research on what happiness is, what causes it and what can increase one’s happiness.

“We will dispel some of the myths about happiness, such as: people over time adapt to everything; a person’s happiness is 50 percent genetic; money is not important to happiness; and happiness is all within the person,” Kashdan says.

“And we will discuss techniques with the greatest evidence for creating a lasting, fulfilling life. Finally, we’ll learn why happiness is problematic as the primary objective for life, and what is a better replacement.”

The event is being held at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax City, and runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. A light supper and beverages are included in the price, which is $20 per person. Preregistration is highly recommended, and registration forms are available online at

Initiated in 2009, the Center for Consciousness and Transformation is an interdisciplinary research and teaching center whose mission is to understand the nature and effects of individual and group consciousness and its role in transformative learning and social change.

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