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2013 Roundtable at Stanford

Are you happy now?

The new science of happiness and wellbeing

The science of happiness is a growing and intriguing field. Research about what truly makes people happy is not only surprising, but applicable no matter how much money we make or where we live.

On October 18, 2013, Katie Couric moderated a panel of experts in psychology, business, neuroscience and design for a Roundtable discussion about happiness and wellbeing.

2013 Panelists

Katie Couric

Katie Couric (moderator) is the host of Katie, a daily syndicated daytime talk show that premiered in September 2012. She is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, well-known cancer advocate, and New York Times best-selling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives. Couric also serves as a special correspondent for ABC News, contributing to ABC World News, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, This Week and primetime news specials.

Jennifer Aaker

Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. A social psychologist, her research spans time, money and happiness. She co-authored the award-winning book, The Dragonfly Effect: Quick Effective Powerful Ways to Harness Social Media for Impact and is recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Citibank Best Teacher Award, and George Robbins Best Teacher Award.

Firdaus Dhabhar

Firdaus Dhabhar is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford, specializing in the study of how stress affects immunity, health and well-being. Professor Dhabhar was the first to discover mechanisms by which short-term stress boosts the body's defenses. He is working to harness the “good” effects of stress to boost immunity during surgery, vaccination, and cancer treatment.

Ian Gotlib

Ian H. Gotlib is the David Starr Jordan Professor of Psychology, director of the Stanford Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory at Stanford and chair of the Department of Psychology. Gotlib’s research examines psychological and biological factors that place individuals at increased risk for depression, as well as processes that are involved in recovery from this disorder.

David Kelley

David Kelley, founder of IDEO, built the company that created many icons of the digital generation. He also led the creation of the groundbreaking at Stanford, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Kelley’s passion is unlocking the creative potential of people and organizations so they can innovate routinely and find satisfaction and joy in their creative endeavors. His soon-to-be-released book is Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All.

Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky, (PhD, ’94) is a professor of psychology and director of the Positive Psychology Lab at the University of California Riverside where she studies the cognitive and behavioral causes of happiness. She is the author of The How of Happiness, a book of psychological strategies to help people maximize their joy. Through her work, Lyubomirsky strives to give people the tools to lead happier, more satisfying lives.