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Think You Know How To Pursue Happiness? Think Again. | Caroline Winterer | TEDxStanford

Think you know how to pursue happiness? Stanford Humanities Center director Caroline Winterer says, "Think again."

The Declaration of Independence promises the unalienable right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” but Stanford Humanities Center Caroline Winterer says the pursuit of happiness has lead us astray. You may be surprised to learn that what made us happy then can tell us a lot about how to be happy today. She studies how people in the past understood their world, and in her most recent book is American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason (Yale University Press, 2016). She received an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution for mapping the social network of Benjamin Franklin. This talk was given at a 2017 TEDx event.