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Dr. Arthur Brooks is a Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks.  He’s the author of 12 books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller “From Strength to Strength,” and national bestsellers “Love Your Enemies” (2019) and “The Conservative Heart” (2015). He is also a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast “How to Build a Happy Life with Arthur Brooks.” He began his career as a classical French hornist, leaving college at 19, touring and recording with the Annapolis Brass Quintet and later the City Orchestra of Barcelona. In his late twenties, while still performing, he returned to school, earning a BA through distance learning at Thomas Edison State College, and then an MA in economics from Florida Atlantic University. At 31, he left music and earned an MPhil and PhD in public policy analysis from the Rand Graduate School.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why are some people always happy (Hint: 50% of the time it’s genetic!) (3:01)
  • What is the secret formula to building a happy life (Hint: There are 3 F’s + meaningful work) (6:30)
  • How to figure out what job will make you happiest (17:14)
  • Why it is a good thing to lose the lottery (28:20)
  • How male students can prevent themselves from falling into the trap of many 60-year old men who are often the unhappiest in society (21:25)
  • Why it takes 18 months to know if your job is the right fit for you (39:30)

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