Talk to reveal how ancient wisdom can help you achieve happiness

A stained glass window in Battell Chapel
A stained glass window in Battell Chapel. (Photo credit: Michael Marsland)

The philosopher Aristotle believed that achieving happiness — which he defined as a lasting state of contentment — was within the reach of most people, if they applied themselves. His prescription for achieving happiness will be the focus of “How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life” on Wednesday, April 3. The event is open to the Yale community.

Edith Hall, professor of classics at King’s College, London, will be the featured speaker at the event, which will take place at 4 p.m. in Battell Chapel, corner of Elm and College streets. The event is free and open to the public.

How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life event poster

According to Aristotle, we become happy through finding a purpose, realizing our potential, and modifying our behavior to become the best version of ourselves. With these objectives in mind, Aristotle developed a humane program for becoming a happy person, which Hall believes has stood the test of time, comprising most of what we associate with the good life today: meaning, creativity, and positivity.

How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life” is a program of Yale Well: instilling habits of wellness and developing resiliency and emotional intelligence in Yale students.

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