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Class 5: How the Mind Works

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Matthieu Ricard: Habits of Happiness. (2004)

After training in biochemistry at the Institute Pasteur, Matthieu Ricard left science behind to move to the Himalayas and become a Buddhist monk -- and to pursue happiness, both at a basic human level and as a subject of inquiry. His deep and scientifically tinged reflections on happiness and Buddhism have turned into several books. At the same time, he also makes sensitive and jaw-droppingly gorgeous photographs of his beloved Tibet and the spiritual hermitage where he lives and works on humanitarian projects.


Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy?  Why aren’t we happy? (2004)

Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong. The premise of Gilbert’s current research is supported with clinical research drawn from psychology and neuroscience. His delivery is what sets him apart. His engaging -- and often hilarious -- style pokes fun at typical human behavior and invokes pop-culture references everyone can relate to


Jill Bolte Taylor: Powerful stroke of insight. (2008)   

Amazed to find herself alive following a stroke, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank.

Other references: Martin Seligman.  Book; Authentic Happiness


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