Posted on January 11, 2013 by Christopher Thrall

Looking for Happiness in All the Wrong Places Lunch and Learn with Dr. Sean Moore, Associate Professor of Psychology The millions of dollars people invest in self-help and self-improvement efforts seems to suggest that happiness, satisfaction, and overall well-being continue to be some of the most sought after and elusive psychological experiences in life. Recent …

Looking for Happiness in All the Wrong Places

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Sean Moore, Associate Professor of Psychology

The millions of dollars people invest in self-help and self-improvement efforts seems to suggest that happiness, satisfaction, and overall well-being continue to be some of the most sought after and elusive psychological experiences in life.

Recent research examining the psychology of emotional experiences helps explain why humans have difficulty quenching this thirst for sustained happiness. On the one hand, people often fail to fully understand the causes and consequences of happiness. For example, many studies indicate that happy moods often lead to poorer decision outcomes compared to other mood states.

On top of these misunderstandings, people often do a very poor job of predicting how future events will impact their emotional states because they often focus on narrow or abstract views of the future. We may think living in an ocean paradise in the South Pacific would be the ideal life, but as North Americans we really don’t fully comprehend what it would mean to live in Tongan or Samoan cultures.

This presentation will describe some of the key findings on the psychology of emotions, with a focus on describing some of the common misconceptions we have about the pursuit of happiness.
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Wednesday February 13, 2013

12:00 noon – 1:00pm

The Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room, Augustana Campus Forum Building (Upstairs).

Limited Seating is available. To reserve your seat, please email donna.mohan@ualberta.ca or call Deb at 780-679-1626. Please indicate any special dietary requirements.

$5 Admission at the door (lunch included). This event is hosted by the Augustana Alumni Office.

Event parking will be authorized in the parking lot in front of the K. Glen Johnson Faith and Life Building: parking tickets will not be issued between 11:45 and 1:15.


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