Decoding happiness: Understanding the science behind...

Thursday, June 8, 2023 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Most people try to understand 'happiness' from a purely philosophical perspective since it is believed that scientific exactitude has little to do with this construct. While the art of happiness (or the route to happiness) has a rich tradition in Eastern and Western literature, the scientific aspect of it (or the root of happiness) has often been neglected. Besides, the positive emotion of happiness is a far less emphasized area of research, in comparison to research on negative emotions like anxiety or depression. 

Given this backdrop, the talk will address issues like challenges in understanding happiness as a construct, observed evidence in scientific domain and establishing happiness as a transdisciplinary field of study. The event is open to the University of Waterloo community.