Recorded on 03/01/2022

Finding Happiness in the Second Half of Life with Harvard Professor Arthur Brooks

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Recorded on March 1, 2022.

When Harvard professor, acclaimed author and the Atlantic’s happiness columnist Arthur C. Brooks was at the height of his career at age 50, he decided to embark on a seven-year odyssey to learn how to transform his future from one of declining abilities and achievements to one filled with possibility and meaning. His latest book From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life, is the culmination of what he learned about how to face the changes that come with the second half of life with acceptance, gratitude and even excitement. In this session, Brooks will lay out an evidence-based roadmap to help all of us boost our happiness quotient. By drawing on social science, eastern wisdom, and by sharing little-known details about some of the most successful figures from history, Brooks will provide us with the tools to find true life success in the second half of life.

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About Arthur Brooks

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, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks.

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

Brooks began his career as a classical French hornist, leaving college at 19, touring and recording with the Annapolis Brass Quintet and later the City Orchestra of Barcelona. In his late twenties, while still performing, he returned to school, earning a BA through distance learning at Thomas Edison State College, and then an MA in economics from Florida Atlantic University. At 31, he left music and earned an MPhil and PhD in public policy analysis from the Rand Graduate School, during which time he worked as an analyst for the Rand Corporation’s Project Air Force.

Brooks then spent 10 years as a university professor, becoming a full professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in his seventh year out of graduate school and occupying the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government. During this decade, Brooks published 60 peer-reviewed articles and several books, including the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008).

In 2009, Brooks became the 11th president of AEI, also holding the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Free Enterprise. Under his leadership, the Institute more than doubled its annual revenues, deepened its outreach to leaders across the ideological spectrum, and expanded its research portfolio to include work on poverty, happiness, and human potential. During this period, he was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s “50 World’s Greatest Leaders” and was awarded six honorary doctorates.

Originally from Seattle, Brooks currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife Ester Munt-Brooks, who is a native of Barcelona. They have three children, Joaquim, Carlos, and Marina.


Arthur Brooks

Arthur Brooks

American Social Scientist, Columnist & Author

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