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Pursuit of Happiness Project takes off in China

With three days of presentations and intensive discussions, attended by an excited crowd of 500 educators, the Pursuit of Happiness Project took off in China on Dec 5-8. Thanks to the invitation of Dr. Xie Chunfeng, the Director of  the Research Center for Moral  Education at the Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences (BAES), as well…

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Teaching Happiness: The Science, the Philosophy, and the Hype

9/23/2011: Debra Park and Mark Setton jointly presented at the Atlantic Coast Teaching of Psychology conference in Long Branch, NJ, on the topic “Teaching Happiness: The Science, the Philosophy, and the Hype.” The “take home” message of the presentation was as follows: • 1. Some remarkable links exist between Positive Psychology and philosophy, and especially…

The Depression Epidemic: Stats from the CDC

    Statistics from the CDC about depression..as you may have suspected we have an epidemic on our hands. If this was a physical epidemic, you can bet that it would be headline news. But many people seem to think that  psychological suffering is less of a priority than physical suffering. https://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/ Fortunately we can…

In Memory of Lance Hickey

The team at Pursuit-of-Happiness.org is still reeling from the unexpected loss of our dear friend and colleague, Lance Hickey, who was a core contributor to this website. Lance exemplified a rare combination of intellectual brilliance and compassion. He  was devoted to teaching and writing about philosophy, and especially one of the greatest goals of philosophy,…

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POH awarded 501(c) 3 status

It’s official The IRS has awarded us 501(c) 3 status (phew, that took sixty pages of paperwork). We were registered as a corporation two years ago, but now we are recognized by the US government as a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. Donations to Pursuit-of-Happiness.org (Teaching Happiness Inc) are now tax-deductible for the donors and we can apply for…