Episode 36
The Art of Happiness
With Arthur Brooks
Harvard Professor. Bestselling Author. Happiness Expert. Social Scientist. Musician.

Arthur C. Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the Washington DC-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks.

  • A treasure to listen to you. How good is Our Father who has given key thinkers to shine our lives. — Joe Antony
  • Such an enlightening conversation where Hitendra and Arthur discuss ways to help us find our purpose and the nature of our desires — Srijit Basu
  • Filled with a feeling of gratitude. Amazing session! — Bhawana Sinha

Arthur Brooks is the author of 11 books, including the national bestsellersLove Your Enemies” (2019), The Conservative Heart” (2015), andThe Road to Freedom” (2012). He is also a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks,” and the subject of the 2019 documentary film The Pursuit,” which Variety named as one of the “Best Documentaries on Netflix”  in August 2019. He is invited to delivers more than 100 talks per year around the U.S., Europe and Asia.

In this episode of Intersections, we are joined by Arthur to try answering the question: “What is the secret to a life of sustained, ever-growing happiness?” At the very core of all human drives, ambitions and desires — in all eras and all communities — is the quest to find happiness. And yet, we often miscalculate what it takes to be happy, making life choices that compromise our happiness. What are the secrets to a happy life, and a happy career? Could the pandemic — even in the midst of loss and struggle — be a catalyst to boosting our happiness?

“Happiness isn’t found in some finite checklist of goals that we can diligently complete and then coast. It’s how we live our lives in the process.”

The episode “The Art of Happiness” offers key insights on:

  • How to grow empathy, kindness and compassion for personal and collective success
  • Finding common ground with people when norms, experiences and ideals clash
  • Making empathy and altruism central to organizational cultures
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