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What Makes You Happy? And More Specifically, Why?

In this One Day University talk, Amherst professor Catherine Sanderson shares practical and easy ways to increase your happiness and psychological well-being

If you ran into Catherine Sanderson in the grocery store, you’d note her phenomenal common sense and be surprised to learn she’s the head of Amherst College’s psychology department. Amherst’s most popular professor, according to One Day University founder Steven Schragis, shares tangible ways you can find — and keep — happiness in her One Day University talk, "The Science of Happiness."

“Does money make you happy? Do our children? How can we increase happiness? Catherine is not a pontificator. She backs everything with brilliant research,” Schragis says. “She pulls from study after study about why patients recover faster if they can see trees from their hospital room, or why people feel more generous standing in front of a Cinnabon at the mall than in front of Banana Republic. I’ll give you a clue as to why: It’s the smell.”

This video will be available through April 12, 2021.

Mark Your Calendars


For a limited time, AARP Members Only Access is offering dynamic lectures from One Day University. Videos will be linked below as they become available and will also be accessible from the Members Only Access home page. Here’s the full schedule:


“Four Musicals That Changed Broadway” (running March 12 through May 12)

Broadway combines the thrill of live music with the compelling storytelling and drama of watching a movie or TV show. And when done with incredible care and sensitivity, the combination of the two can lead to something transformative. In this talk, Sean Hartley, director at the Kaufman Music Center’s Theater Wing in New York City, dives into the history of American musicals and how several changed both society and the American musical theater scene.


“The Amazing/Terrifying Future of Medicine” (running April 9 through June 9)

The future of medicine is both amazing and terrifying. Now, more than ever, individual scientists and clinicians have the power to alter radically the ways in which we live that were never before possible. In this talk, bioethicist Jacob Appel, who has taught at Brown University, explores some of the most exciting recent developments in medicine that promise to help us live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives — ranging from novel reproductive technologies and cutting-edge immunotherapies to the harvesting of “big data” and the implementation of new systems of information exchange.


“The Genius of Beethoven’s Symphonies” (running May 14 through July 14)

Beethoven’s symphonies  represent compositions for public performance from all periods of Beethoven’s life. Listen as Harvard University’s Thomas Kelly shares what Beethoven had in mind while composing his nine great symphonies.

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