Positive psychology argues that hope and happiness are good for you — at which we cynics roll our eyes. But the positive psychologists present their theory through sound empirical research — for which we skeptics cream our jeans. According to the University of Pennsylvania ‘s Positive Psychology Center, people who lead fulfilling lives perform better at work and in school, suffer fewer health problems and enjoy more meaningful relationships. And no, killjoys, this apparently isn’t common sense. Look around. From 1 to 3 p.m. today, Luis Flores introduces “The Psychology of Happiness: An Informal Look at an Emerging Field of Psychology,“ part of Community of Reason’s regular Sunday programming at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Haag Hall (5120 Rockhill Road, Room 301). Here’s hoping he gets to the part where money doesn’t make you happier. Call 816-561-1866 or see communityofreason.net.
Sun., Dec. 27, 1-3 p.m., 2009