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The Happiness Project

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As part of Operation: Cura Personalis, we invite you to join us at:


The Happiness Project


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Thursday, March 11

5:30 p.m. EDT


Happiness has become a trendy topic, but there is a paradox. Research reveals that, on the one hand, being happy is beneficial for health, work, and friendships. On the other hand, studies reveal that actively pursuing happiness can lead to less happiness and greater loneliness.
In this presentation, we will discuss the science of happiness and ways that it can help individuals, organizations, communities, and societies thrive. Karen Guggenheim and Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener will introduce you to the global happiness movement and make a case for why happiness is important to individual wellbeing and organizational health. They will share evidence-based tools, frameworks, and research to overcome the happiness paradox.

Presented by: 

Karen Guggenheim (EMBA'15)

Happiness Advocate, Speaker, and Social Entrepreneur


Karen Guggenheim (EMBA’15), founder and Chief Executive Office of WOHASU LLC, and Co-Founder of the World Happiness Summit, is a happiness and wellbeing advocate, and an international speaker on the global happiness movement. Her mission is to make a case for happiness by highlighting the opportunities for win-win scenarios created by learning and implementing evidence-based tools and policies that make people, organizations, and communities thrive. Karen believes in in fostering inclusive communities of change makers committed to making the world happier, healthier and more sustainable.

After experiencing great personal loss, Karen discovered that happiness was teachable and learnable. She decided to change her career path and invest her time, talent and treasure in spreading the benefits of the science of happiness and wellbeing to a global audience through events, talks, programs and communities. Karen speaks on happiness and post traumatic growth, and how we can effect positive systemic change by using research-proven practices that help us feel and perform better, as well as serve others. www.happinesssummit.world



Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

Dr. Biswas-Diener is an expert in wellbeing  policy and regularly contributes to the Global Council for Happiness and Wellbeing. He is the Chairperson for the Working Group on Wellbeing, part of the Global Councils on the Sustainable Development Goals. He is a leading authority on income and culture as they relate to happiness. He is also known for his pioneering work in the application of positive psychology to coaching. Robert is the author of Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth, and the New York Times Best Seller, The Upside of Your Dark Side. www.robertdiener.com



Operation: Cura Personalis encourages the Georgetown McDonough community to make more meaningful connections by focusing on Georgetown’s core value of cura personalis, with events and workshops that focus on mental health and well-being. More information and upcoming events can be found here.


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