FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Bert Diament, Ph.D.


Bert Diament, Ph.D., is a graduate of Albert Einstein’s Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and a Florida-licensed psychologist. He provides brief goal-oriented therapy to individuals and couples. An associate fellow and therapy training supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute of Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy in New York, he has also trained at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and the Westchester Institute for Family Therapy. Dr. Diament was honored with the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for service to children and families from the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists and has been elected to Diplomate status in the area of Professional Psychotherapy by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He appreciates feedback on his lectures and can be reached at bdphd17@gmail.com.

The Pursuit of Happiness: A Trap?
The Pros and Cons of Pursuing Happiness

In the last few years some significant research on happiness has emerged. The predictors of individuals’ happiness, strategies to increase one’s happiness and gender and cultural differences in happiness levels have been investigated. The pursuit of happiness (endorsed by The Declaration of Independence) has been enthusiastically promoted by many as a worthy goal, including the Dalai Lama who has said: “The very purpose of life is to seek happiness.” Helping individuals achieve this goal has become a cottage industry for many mental health professionals. However, recently, others have cited research which suggests that the degree to which we focus on making ourselves happier paradoxically may decrease the quality of our lives.

In this lecture the following will be explored:
  • Contemporary research related to happiness.
  • Why some people describe themselves as “happy” whereas others as “unhappy” even though their external circumstances are essentially similar.
  • Strategies recommended to increase feelings of happiness.
  • The counter-intuitive idea that the focus on the pursuit of happiness may have unwanted negative consequences to our mental health.

Possible consequences of attending this lecture might be a temporary increase of your happiness because research suggests that laughter does that…or you might feel less happy because your instructor’s attempts at humor will not amuse you.

Lecture # W1T1
Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a One-Time Lecture or Event.
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  Time:1:30–3 p.m.
  Fee:$25/member; $35/non-member