In Pursuit of Happiness

In Pursuit of Happiness

The Atlantic’s In Pursuit of Happiness event returns in the spring of 2022 to help people build more intentional and happy lives. Watch our inaugural In Pursuit of Happiness event from 2021 on this site.

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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  • 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

    Twitter
  • Julianna Goldman

    Founder, MamaDen

    Twitter
  • Gerald C. Grant, Jr.

    President, G Financial Group / Equitable Advisors

    Underwriter Session

  • Emma Green

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • James Hamblin

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Dan Harris

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

    Twitter
  • Dustin Isom

    Instructor, barre3

  • Tracie Jenkins

    Executive Director, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation

  • Kate Julian

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Sadie Lincoln

    Co-founder and CEO, barre3

    Twitter
  • Alexis Madrigal

    Contributing writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Thomas Mingone

    Founder and Managing Partner, Capital Management Group / Equitable Advisors

    Underwriter Session

  • Candace Montgomery

    General Manager, AtlanticLIVE and Senior Vice President, The Atlantic

  • Brian Offutt

    Board of Directors Chairman, Project Healthy Minds

    Twitter
  • Amit Paley

    CEO and Executive Director, The Trevor Project

    Twitter
  • 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

    Twitter
  • Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

  • Alison Stewart

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

    Twitter
  • Jean Twenge

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

    Twitter
  • Molly Reese Ward

    Founder, Well Lived Wealth / Equitable Advisors

    Underwriter Session

  • Connie Weaver

    Chief Marketing Officer, Equitable

    Underwriter Session

  • Jazmin Williams

    Financial Professional, Equitable Advisors

    Underwriter Session

Thursday, May 20

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08:30 AM EDT

Lobby Opens

Enter Virtual Venue
09:30 AM EDT

Breakfast and Barre

Speakers

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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 EDT

OPENING FORUM: What Is Happiness?

The Science of Happiness

Speakers

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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.

Speakers

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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

  • *Underwriter session not produced by The Atlantic's editorial team

A Message from the Dalai Lama

Exploring The Four Tendencies

Speakers

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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 EDT

Breakout - Networking

12:20 PM EDT

Breakout - Headspace Guided Meditation

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    Evelyn Lewis Prieto

    Director of Meditation, Mindfulness Teacher, Headspace

12:20 PM EDT

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 EDT

AFTERNOON FORUM: Roadblocks to Happiness

Revisiting “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?”

Speakers

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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 EDT

Breakout - Networking

02:45 PM EDT

Breakout - Netflix Screening: Headspace Guide to Sleep

02:45 PM EDT

Breakout - “How to Build A Life” LIVE

Speakers

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    Arthur Brooks

    Contributing writer, The Atlantic

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    Ellen Cushing

    Special projects editor, The Atlantic

03:30 PM EDT

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

Speakers

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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 EDT

What We Learned

Speakers

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    Arthur Brooks

    Contributing writer, The Atlantic

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

11:00 AM EDT

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