In the News: “On Friday, Oct. 18, the 2013 Stanford Roundtable, “Are You Happy Now?” convened five experts to discuss what happiness is and why many Americans are unhappy. The panelists also discussed simple, synergistic strategies that people can employ to promote long-lasting, meaningful happiness. …
“In a recent study that ranked 50 countries by overall happiness, the United States slotted in at 23rd. This finding might seem incongruous with the American dream: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
“But that rhetoric – the constant pursuit of happiness – might be what’s holding the United States back.
“Katie Couric, journalist and host of the daytime talk show Katie, moderated the discussion.” Source: Stanford News
Around 4600 people participated in the roundtable physically and around 700 virtually via the Internet.
The discussion showed that, in fact, no one knows what happiness is. People are not clear how to achieve it. Depression is increasing on a global scale and with the onset at younger ages, but no one knows what to do with it.
The Bnei Baruch San Francisco group participated in the roundtable.