Point in Common Community Speaker Series: UNPLUGGED, Matt Killingsworth at Sentry Theater
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (CDT)
Stevens Point, WI
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join parents, educators, administrators, students and business professionals for the second annual Point in Common Community Speaker Series. This year's theme is Unplugged: Disconnect to Reconnect
Date/Location: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 7 p.m., Sentry Theater
Topic: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment
Speaker: Matt Killingsworth, Happiness Researcher
Registration for this free event is encouraged, but not required. Free child care is available at the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center.
While doing his Ph.D. research with Dan Gilbert at Harvard, Matt Killingsworth invented a nifty tool for investigating happiness: an iPhone app called Track Your Happiness that captured feelings in real time. (Basically, it pings you at random times and asks: How are you feeling right now, and what are you doing?) Data captured from the study became the landmark paper "A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind" (PDF).
As an undergrad, Killingsworth studied economics and engineering, and worked for a few years as a software product manager – an experience during which, he says, "I began to question my assumptions about what defined success for an individual, an organization, or a society." He's now a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar examining such topics as "the relationship between happiness and the content of everyday experiences, the percentage of everyday experiences that are intrinsically valuable, and the degree of congruence between the causes of momentary happiness and of one’s overall satisfaction with life."
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