Dan Gilbert, a frequent TED Talk lecturer and New York Times Best selling author will headline Elon University’s spring convocation March 30. The Edgar Pierce Professor of Phycology at Harvard University wrote his award-winning book, “Stumbling on Happiness,” in 2007, and is also decorated with awards and recognition for is research and teaching, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. He is also a contributor for Time and NPR. Below is a live blog of his speech at Elon:
4:35 p.m. /FIN Lambert recognizes students inducted into Dean’s/President’s list, thanks donors and faculty.
4:28 p.m Gilbert says don’t turn to the wrong people for advice. Turn to science for dedicated research. He ends his speech on this note.
4:26 p.m. Children tend to bring happiness to older married men and takes it from young married women, according to a world average in Gilbert’s presentation. Attributes it to stress.
4:18 p.m. Gilbert says children makes people less happy. Shows chart of theory versus statistical data.
4:14 p.m. — Gilbert says to spend more money on experiences and less money on stuff. “Our experience are a source of joy for a really long tim, but the joy of stuff wears off as it gets older,” Gilbert said.
4:08 p.m. “The relationship between money and happiness isn’t simple,” Gilbert said. According to research, $65,000 is 90 percent of the happiness money can give someone.
4:02 p.m. Dan Gilbert on the happiness of married vs. unmarried people.
3:58 p.m.– Marriage, money and children are Gilbert’s mom’s three keys to happiness. Gilbert said this is universally the same advice parents all over the world give.
3:57 p.m. “The most common question in every human culture is ‘how are you?'” Gilbert said. He said he can measure happiness by supply taking answers and applying resources to fix the problem. He used glasses and eye doctors as an example.
3:52 p.m. “Can we use the tools of science to find out what really makes people happy?,”Gilbert asked. Gilbert said everything must be backed up by facts. “If you can’t measure it, you write poems about it.”
3:51 p.m.- “People who have everything that they want are very happier than the rest of us,” Gilbert said. “We are aiming for things that we want for happiness, but when we find them, they are not true. Getting what you want isn’t the key to happiness,” because people want the wrong things.
3:49 p.m. Gilbert begins his lecture, said the secret to happiness is generally a new question because life before 1700s was brutal.
3:46 p.m. Assistant Professor of Phycology India Johnson starts her introduction for Gilbert. She said Gilbert’s unconventional start toward teaching inspired her to be successful in her field.
“I have never gotten the chance to thank Dr. Gilbert until today,” Gilbert said.
3:44 p.m.– “Every American generation has laid the ground work for the next to be better educated,” Lambert said.
3:40 p.m. Elon President Leo Lambert talks about the significance of higher education on society. “Education and training beyond high school leads to a better life,” he said. He also challenges audience to dive into national dialogue around college and academic life.
3:38 p.m. Everyone is seated after the professional.