Larry Meisel on “Learned Optimism”

Fellowship member Larry Meisel had a 30-plus-year career as a mental health counselor. He’ll talk about a new domain in psychology called “Positive Psychology.” It’s the study of happiness. Join us Sunday morning to learn more.

Services begin at 11 a.m., but join us for early for coffee and conversations. Our services are centered on a talk, like Larry’s, and they also include music, readings and opportunties (always optional) to share your own thoughts.

Larry Meisel

Larry describes himself as “semi-retired.” He’s now a YouTube creator, of a channel called TheXaminedLife. “It’s a place for people interested in the civil discussion of diverse opinions about current events, ideas, and issues, from the tremendously important to the trivial but interesting.” He’s donating 90 percent of the proceeds from the channel go to Doctors without Borders, Feeding America, Amnesty International and Oxfam.

Larry’s talk will focus on the work of University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman, who is best known for the “learned helplessness” principle. More recently Seligman has focused his research on optimism and happiness.