Professor Todd Kashdan Discusses ‘Science of Happiness’

Posted: December 16, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: December 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Mason’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation will present psychology professor Todd Kashdan on Wednesday, Dec. 16, as part of the center’s public lecture series.

Kashdan will discuss “The Science of Happiness” in a program that runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax City, 3999 University Drive.

The author of “Curious?” will lead the audience 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. And we will discuss techniques with the greatest evidence for creating a lasting, fulfilling life,” Kashdan says.

“Finally, we’ll learn why happiness is problematic as the primary objective for life, and what is a better replacement.”

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

Kashdan’s book “Curious?” will be available for purchase, and he will sign books following the talk.

Initiated in 2009, the Center for Consciousness and Transformation is an interdisciplinary research and teaching center at George Mason University 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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