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Finding--and creating—happiness | Jay Phelan | TEDxUCLA
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Added Jul 11, 2016
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Happiness can be fleeting and elusive, but from the perspective of evolutionary biology we can better understand its true nature. And from the surprising answer, we can draw unexpected insights about how to consciously structure our lives to make ourselves (and those around us) happier.

TEDxUCLA was organized by UCLA Extension Visual Arts and UCLA Residential Life.

Jay Phelan has been on the faculty of the UCLA Life Sciences Core Program since 1997, specializing in evolutionary biology, human behavior, and genetics. He received a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard in 1995, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Yale and UCLA. He is co-author of the international bestseller, Mean Genes (Basic Books), and the author of the textbook What is Life? A Guide to Biology (Macmillan), as well as dozens of technical publications in biology and science education. He created the online adaptive testing website Jay has taught training courses for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit since 2007. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and he has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, CNN with Paula Zahn, the BBC, and National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation.

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