In Pursuit of Happiness

In Pursuit of Happiness

What does it take to be happy?

America’s founding document states that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right. But this question has preoccupied philosophers, fascinated scientists, inspired artists, launched an enormous self-help industry—and continues to elude many of us.

The Atlantic hosted a live event that explored the human hold on happiness—and aimed to find ways to build a more meaningful life. The event considered happiness and relationships; the role of spirituality; how social media and other technology are affecting our happiness; and the ways in which a year of social isolation has reframed our understanding of a lasting sense of joy.

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Arthur Brooks

Contributing writer, The Atlantic

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T.D. Jakes

Global spiritual leader, author, humanitarian

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Deepak Chopra

Founder, The Chopra Foundation and Chopra Global

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Gretchen Rubin

Author and podcast host, Happier with Gretchen Rubin

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Vivek H. Murthy

19th and 21st U.S. Surgeon General

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Lori Gottlieb

Contributing writer, The Atlantic, and author, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

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Jeanette Betancourt

Senior Vice President, U.S. Social Impact, Sesame Workshop

Karina Carlson

Founder, Well Read

Ellen Cushing

Special projects editor, The Atlantic

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Angela Duckworth

Founder and CEO, Character Lab

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Jordan Fisher

and the Global Company of Dear Evan Hansen

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Jeffrey Goldberg

Editor in chief, The Atlantic

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Julianna Goldman

Founder, MamaDen

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Gerald C. Grant, Jr.

President, G Financial Group / Equitable Advisors

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Emma Green

Staff writer, The Atlantic

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James Hamblin

Staff writer, The Atlantic

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Dan Harris

Co-anchor, weekend edition, Good Morning America, and author, Ten Percent Happier

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Dustin Isom

Instructor, barre3

Tracie Jenkins

Executive Director, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation

Kate Julian

Senior editor, The Atlantic

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Sadie Lincoln

Co-founder and CEO, barre3

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Alexis Madrigal

Contributing writer, The Atlantic

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Thomas Mingone

Founder and Managing Partner, Capital Management Group / Equitable Advisors

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Candace Montgomery

General Manager, AtlanticLIVE and Senior Vice President, The Atlantic

Brian Offutt

Board of Directors Chairman, Project Healthy Minds

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Amit Paley

CEO and Executive Director, The Trevor Project

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Evelyn Lewis Prieto

Director of Meditation, Mindfulness Teacher, Headspace

Rebecca J. Rosen

Senior editor, The Atlantic

Laurie Santos

Professor of psychology, Yale University and podcast host, The Happiness Lab

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Susan Saulny

Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

Alison Stewart

Contributor, AtlanticLIVE, and WNYC host, “All of It”

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Jean Twenge

Professor of psychology, San Diego State University, and author, iGen

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Molly Reese Ward

Founder, Well Lived Wealth / Equitable Advisors

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Connie Weaver

Chief Marketing Officer, Equitable

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Jazmin Williams

Financial Professional, Equitable Advisors

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Thursday, May 20

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08:30 AM

Lobby Opens

Enter Virtual Venue

09:30 AM

Breakfast and Barre

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    Karina Carlson

    Founder, Well Read

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    Dustin Isom

    Instructor, barre3

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    Sadie Lincoln

    Co-founder and CEO, barre3

11:00 AM

OPENING FORUM: What Is Happiness?

The Science of Happiness

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    Arthur Brooks

    Contributing writer, The Atlantic

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    Jeffrey Goldberg

    Editor in chief, The Atlantic

Stepping Stones to Happiness

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    Laurie Santos

    Professor of psychology, Yale University and podcast host, The Happiness Lab

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    Alison Stewart

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE, and WNYC host, “All of It”

Equitable Presents: Emerging Happier from the Pandemic: Client Stories by Equitable Advisors

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

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    Gerald C. Grant, Jr.

    President, G Financial Group / Equitable Advisors

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    Thomas Mingone

    Founder and Managing Partner, Capital Management Group / Equitable Advisors

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    Molly Reese Ward

    Founder, Well Lived Wealth / Equitable Advisors

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    Connie Weaver

    Chief Marketing Officer, Equitable

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    Jazmin Williams

    Financial Professional, Equitable Advisors

A Message from the Dalai Lama

Exploring The Four Tendencies

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    Gretchen Rubin

    Author and podcast host, Happier with Gretchen Rubin

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    Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

12:20 PM

Breakout - Networking

12:20 PM

Breakout - Headspace Guided Meditation

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    Evelyn Lewis Prieto

    Director of Meditation, Mindfulness Teacher, Headspace

12:20 PM

Breakout - “Dear Therapist” LIVE

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    Lori Gottlieb

    Contributing writer, The Atlantic, and author, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

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    Rebecca J. Rosen

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

01:30 PM

AFTERNOON FORUM: Roadblocks to Happiness

Revisiting “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?”

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    Alexis Madrigal

    Contributing writer, The Atlantic

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    Jean Twenge

    Professor of psychology, San Diego State University, and author, iGen

A Message from the Dalai Lama

How Our Story Shapes our Future

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    Emma Green

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

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    Brian Offutt

    Board of Directors Chairman, Project Healthy Minds

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    Amit Paley

    CEO and Executive Director, The Trevor Project

Breaking the Silence on the Struggle

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    Julianna Goldman

    Founder, MamaDen

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    Tracie Jenkins

    Executive Director, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation

Navigating Loneliness Amid a Pandemic

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    Vivek H. Murthy

    19th and 21st U.S. Surgeon General

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    James Hamblin

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

02:45 PM

Breakout - Networking

02:45 PM

Breakout - Netflix Screening: Headspace Guide to Sleep

02:45 PM

Breakout - “How to Build A Life” LIVE

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    Arthur Brooks

    Contributing writer, The Atlantic

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    Ellen Cushing

    Special projects editor, The Atlantic

03:30 PM

CLOSING FORUM: The Tools to Find Happiness

“You Will Be Found”

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    Jordan Fisher

    and the Global Company of Dear Evan Hansen

Parenting Amid a Pandemic

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    Jeanette Betancourt

    Senior Vice President, U.S. Social Impact, Sesame Workshop

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    Angela Duckworth

    Founder and CEO, Character Lab

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    Kate Julian

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

How to Be Happier

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    Dan Harris

    Co-anchor, weekend edition, Good Morning America, and author, Ten Percent Happier

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    Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

A Message from the Dalai Lama

The Role of Faith

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    T.D. Jakes

    Global spiritual leader, author, humanitarian

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    Emma Green

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

Letting Happiness Find You

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    Arthur Brooks

    Contributing writer, The Atlantic

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    Deepak Chopra

    Founder, The Chopra Foundation and Chopra Global

04:45 PM

What We Learned

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    Arthur Brooks

    Contributing writer, The Atlantic

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

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