In Pursuit of Happiness

In Pursuit of Happiness

Find Joy in the Pursuit.

The Atlantic’s In Pursuit of Happiness event kicked off this spring to help people build more intentional and happy lives. Drawing on our celebrated coverage of the practices and principles of happiness from the renowned social scientist Arthur C. Brooks, we convened experts from a range of disciplines—neuroscientists and philosophers, artists and business leaders—to explore methods of and approaches to building a more meaningful life. Along the way, attendees participated in self-reflection and connect with others looking to enrich their own life and the lives of those around them.


An Intellectual Getaway With The Atlantic.

We’ll welcome you to our immersive experience located oceanside at Northern California’s Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Join us for two and a half days of live, thought-provoking conversations with Atlantic voices including Jeffrey Goldberg, Arthur C. Brooks, and Kate Julian, as well as foremost experts in the fields of happiness, social science, and philosophy. Come and experience The Atlantic’s singular journalism, brought to life at a moment of deep consideration about how we live and work. Leave with the skills to cultivate new rituals and pursue more purpose.

Can’t attend in person? Be sure to register for our free virtual program, where you’ll discover experts’ insights on how to apply and share tools for fostering happiness. Between sessions, you’ll have the chance to put what you’ve learned into practice with guided exercises, to establish one-on-one virtual connections with other guests, and more.

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  • Lori Gottlieb

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic, Co-host, Dear Therapists Podcast, and Author, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

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  • Joy Harden Bradford

    Founder and Podcast Host, Therapy for Black Girls

    Twitter
  • Kate Julian

    Senior Editor, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Dacher Keltner

    Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley, and Faculty Director, Greater Good Science Center

    Twitter
  • Olga Khazan

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Tara-Nicholle Kirke

    Founder and CEO, SoulTour

    Twitter
  • Miriam Kirmayer

    Clinical Psychologist and Friendship Expert

    Twitter
  • Mari Kurahashi

    Co-Director, Stanford Parenting Center

    Twitter
  • Charles J. Limb

    Chief, Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, UC San Francisco

  • Annie Lowrey

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Amy Lukken

    Chief Joyologist, Tito’s Handmade Vodka

    Underwriter Session

  • Julie Lythcott-Haims

    Author, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult

    Twitter
  • Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

  • Vivek H. Murthy

    U.S. Surgeon General

    Twitter
  • Christina Myers

    Board-Certified Music Therapist, Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

  • Uma Naidoo

    Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Author, This is Your Brain on Food

    Twitter
  • David Nassar

    Vice President, Communications and Strategic Engagement, John Templeton Foundation

    Underwriter Session

  • Lisa Osborne Ross

    U.S. CEO, Edelman

    Twitter
  • Elizabeth Reichert

    Co-Director, Stanford Parenting Center

    Twitter
  • Gretchen Rubin

    Author and Podcast Host, Happier with Gretchen Rubin

    Twitter
  • Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

  • Evan Sharp

    Founder, Pinterest

  • Emiliana Simon-Thomas

    Science Director, Greater Good Science Center

  • Nicholas Thompson

    CEO, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Karsten Vagner

    SVP of People, Maven Clinic

  • Kat Vellos

    Author, We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships

    Twitter
  • Ellen Vora

    Holistic Psychiatrist, Author, The Anatomy of Anxiety

    Twitter
  • Shelley Zalis

    CEO, The Female Quotient

    Twitter

Sunday, May 1

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04:00 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Registration Opens

Location: Ballroom Foyer

06:00 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Welcome Reception underwritten by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Produced by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial team
Location: Observatory

Underwriter

Monday, May 2

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07:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Wellness Moment: Guided Meditation

Location: Observatory

07:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Wellness Moment: Guided Walk

Location: Ocean Lawn

07:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Wellness Moment: Guided Run

Location: Ocean Lawn

08:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Breakfast

Location: Ballroom Foyer

09:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Plenary Session One Welcome Remarks

Location: Ballroom

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Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Happiness and the Narrative of Your Life

Location: Ballroom

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Speakers

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    Arthur C. Brooks

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Music and the Science of Happiness

Location: Ballroom

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Speakers

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    Arthur C. Brooks

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

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    Charles J. Limb

    Chief, Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, UC San Francisco

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    Christina Myers

    Board-Certified Music Therapist, Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Dear Therapist

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Speakers

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    Lori Gottlieb

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic, Co-host, Dear Therapists Podcast, and Author, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

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    Kate Julian

    Senior Editor, The Atlantic

10:30 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Transition Remarks

Location: Ballroom

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

  • Virtual

Inspiring Awe and Wonder produced by John Templeton Foundation

Produced by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial team

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Underwriter

  • Virtual

Virtual Interactive Exercise: Manage Your Feelings so They Don’t Manage You

Watch

Speakers

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    Arthur C. Brooks

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

10:45 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Concurrent Editorial Breakout Sessions

  • In-Person

Leadership Cohort
Mindful Leadership: How Happiness Manifests Success

Location: Miramar 1

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Tara-Nicholle Kirke

    Founder and CEO, SoulTour

  • speaker portrait
    Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

  • speaker portrait
    Karsten Vagner

    SVP of People, Maven Clinic

  • In-Person

Wellness Cohort
Talk It Out: Using Therapy As a Guide to Finding Happiness

Location: Miramar 2

Speakers

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    Deepika Chopra

    OPTIMISM DOCTOR, Professional Health Psychologist, Founder of Things Are Looking Up, Host of the Looking Up Podcast

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    Lori Gottlieb

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic, Co-host, Dear Therapists Podcast, and Author, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

  • speaker portrait
    Joy Harden Bradford

    Founder and Podcast Host, Therapy for Black Girls

  • speaker portrait
    Olga Khazan

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • In-Person

Relationships Cohort
Tools for Building Happier Families

Location: Miramar 3

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Kate Julian

    Senior Editor, The Atlantic

  • speaker portrait
    Mari Kurahashi

    Co-Director, Stanford Parenting Center

  • speaker portrait
    Julie Lythcott-Haims

    Author, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult

  • speaker portrait
    Elizabeth Reichert

    Co-Director, Stanford Parenting Center

11:30 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Personal Reflection Time

12:00 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Lunch + Networking

01:30 PM PDT
  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Plenary Session Two Welcome Back

Location: Ballroom

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Speakers

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    Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Leading with Empathy

Location: Ballroom

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Speakers

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    Annie Lowrey

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

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    Lisa Osborne Ross

    U.S. CEO, Edelman

  • speaker portrait
    Evan Sharp

    Founder, Pinterest

  • speaker portrait
    Shelley Zalis

    CEO, The Female Quotient

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Creating a Culture of Purpose produced by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Produced by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial team

Watch

Underwriter

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Amy Lukken*

    Chief Joyologist, Tito’s Handmade Vodka

  • *Underwriter session not produced by The Atlantic's editorial team
  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Sneak Peek - Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

Location: Ballroom

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  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Location: Ballroom

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Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Jeffrey Goldberg

    Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

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    Vivek H. Murthy

    U.S. Surgeon General

02:35 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Transition Remarks

Location: Ballroom

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

  • Virtual

Virtual Interactive Exercise: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Goals

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Arthur C. Brooks

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

02:45 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Concurrent Editorial Breakout Sessions

  • In-Person

Leadership Cohort
Battling Burnout: Addressing Mental Health and Wellness at Work

Location: Miramar 1

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Minaa B.

    Therapist and Founder, Minaa B. Consulting

  • speaker portrait
    Jen Fisher

    Chief Well-Being Officer, Deloitte LLP

  • In-Person

Wellness Cohort
Fueling Happiness: Utilizing Food and Exercise to Find Joy

Location: Miramar 2

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Uma Naidoo

    Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Author, This is Your Brain on Food

  • speaker portrait
    Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

  • speaker portrait
    Ellen Vora

    Holistic Psychiatrist, Author, The Anatomy of Anxiety

  • In-Person

Relationships Cohort
The Power of Friendship

Location: Miramar 3

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Olga Khazan

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • speaker portrait
    Miriam Kirmayer

    Clinical Psychologist and Friendship Expert

  • speaker portrait
    Kat Vellos

    Author, We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships

03:30 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Personal Reflection Time

03:45 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Wellness Moment: Guided Yoga

Location: Observatory

03:45 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Wellness Moment: Guided Walk

Location: Ocean Lawn

05:00 PM PDT
  • In-Person

The Science and Benefits of Journaling

Location: Ballroom

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Arthur C. Brooks

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

  • speaker portrait
    Gretchen Rubin

    Author and Podcast Host, Happier with Gretchen Rubin

05:15 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Transition Remarks

Location: Ballroom

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

05:15 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Purpose Is the Secret Sauce to a Happy Life underwritten by John Templeton Foundation

Produced by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial team
Location: Ocean Lawn

Underwriter

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    David Nassar*

    Vice President, Communications and Strategic Engagement, John Templeton Foundation

  • speaker portrait
    Nicholas Thompson

    CEO, The Atlantic

  • *Underwriter session not produced by The Atlantic's editorial team
08:30 PM PDT
  • In-Person

How to Build a Life with Arthur C. Brooks in Conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg

Location: Ocean Lawn

Speakers

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    Arthur C. Brooks

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

  • speaker portrait
    Jeffrey Goldberg

    Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

Tuesday, May 3

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07:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Wellness Moment: Guided Meditation

Location: Observatory

07:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Wellness Moment: Guided Walk

Location: Ocean Lawn

07:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Wellness Moment: Guided Run with Atlantic CEO Nicholas Thompson

Location: Ocean Lawn

08:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Breakfast

Location: Ballroom Foyer

09:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Plenary Session Three Welcome Remarks

Location: Ballroom

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

The Key to Happiness: Know Yourself

Location: Ballroom

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Speakers

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    Olga Khazan

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

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    Gretchen Rubin

    Author and Podcast Host, Happier with Gretchen Rubin

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

First Look: Harvard EdX and Arthur C. Brooks Present: Managing Happiness

Location: Ballroom

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  • In-Person
  • Virtual

How Helping Others Makes Us Happier

Location: Ballroom

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Speakers

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    Dacher Keltner

    Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley, and Faculty Director, Greater Good Science Center

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    Emiliana Simon-Thomas

    Science Director, Greater Good Science Center

10:00 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Transition Remarks

Location: Ballroom

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

  • Virtual

Inspiring Awe and Wonder produced by John Templeton Foundation

Produced by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial team

Watch

Underwriter

  • Virtual

Virtual Interactive Exercise: Stop Objectifying Yourself

Watch

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Arthur C. Brooks

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

10:15 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Concurrent Editorial Breakout sessions

  • In-Person

Leadership Cohort
Happiness at Work Assessment

Location: Miramar 1

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

  • In-Person

Wellness Cohort
Mindfulness Assessment

Location: Miramar 2

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Olga Khazan

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • In-Person

Relationships Cohort
Empathy Assessment

Location: Miramar 3

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Emiliana Simon-Thomas

    Science Director, Greater Good Science Center

10:45 AM PDT
  • In-Person

Networking Break

11:15 AM PDT
  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Plenary Session Four Welcome Back

Location: Ballroom

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Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

The Secret to Happiness

Location: Ballroom

Watch

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Arthur C. Brooks

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

  • In-Person

Closing Performance: The Joy Project

Location: Ballroom

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Del Sol

    String Quartet

  • Virtual

Virtual Interactive Exercise: How to Love Your Work

Watch

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Arthur C. Brooks

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

12:00 PM PDT
  • In-Person

Closing Remarks

Location: Ballroom

Speakers

  • speaker portrait
    Candace Montgomery

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AtlanticLIVE

Event Details

Half Moon Bay, CA or Virtual

May 1–3, 2022

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