Happiness is the topic of upcoming TEDx conference at Yale
Founder of The HappyHap Project, Sunnie Tölle, who is also a co-organizer of TEDxNewHaven has been featured in the New Haven Register, the local newspaper of New Haven and the Connecticut area. The article reads as follows:
“NEW HAVEN ‑ You’ll be glad to know the area’s top minds are hard at work figuring out how to make people happy.
It’s a full-out intellectual assault. “The Art and Science of Happiness,” the first TEDxNewHaven conference, is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 28 at Yale University’s Sudler Hall auditorium of Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. It will feature 13 speakers tackling happiness from the point of view of art, politics, psychology, culture, technology, education and entrepreneurship.
“At the end of the day, everyone has something to say about happiness,” said Sunnie Tolle, a Yale senior who is one of the organizers of the conference and the founder of a student group called The HappyHap Project, which promotes “an optimistic campus” at Yale.
“Yale is an amazing place, but it’s also a performance-oriented place. Sometimes happiness is overlooked,” Tolle said.
Tickets for the conference are $15, available online through tedxnewhaven.com/apply. There will be only a limited number of seats available on the day of the event. The conference also will be live-streamed at The Grove, a coworking space at 71 Orange St.
Among the speakers at TEDxNewHaven will be New Haven’s Ben Berkowitz, co-founder and CEO of SeeClickFix; Sunny Dutra, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Yale who has conducted research on how people respond to feedback about themselves; Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project”; and Yale graduate Charles Eisenstein, author of “The Ascent of Humanity.”
Each speaker will give a 15-minute presentation. Between speakers, there will be performances by Yale a capella, dance and comedy groups.
Mario Chamorro of New York City, founder of the Happy Post Project, is organizing the event with Tolle.
“I see happiness as a component for social change,” he said. “When people take actions based on happiness, it changes the world in a positive way. This works from an economic view, a political view and a personal view.”
TEDx events are independently-organized conferences that use the TED model to share ideas throughout a community.