Wednesday, May 20, 2009


The New York Times ran an article about the growing number of courses on positive psychology which highlighted Todd Kashdan, a professor at George Mason and author of Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life. Dr. Kashdan's classes at George Mason are always filled to capacity. College students--it seems--want to be happy and to get three credits for doing it.

However, Dr. Todd Kashdan offers a profound new message missing from so many books on happiness: the greatest opportunities for joy, purpose, and personal growth don't, in fact, happen when we're searching for happiness. They happen when we are mindful, when we explore what's novel, and when we live in the moment and embrace uncertainty. Positive events last longer and we can extract more pleasure and meaning from them when we are open to new experiences and relish the unknown.

Dr. Kashdan uses science, story, and practical exercises to show you how to become what he calls a curious explorer—a person who's comfortable with risk and challenge and who functions optimally in an unstable, unpredictable world. Here's a blueprint for building lasting, meaningful relationships, improving health, increasing creativity, and boosting productivity. Aren't you curious to know more?

If you'd like to invite Dr. Kashdan to speak on your campus, please let us know.

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