Arthur Brooks – a Harvard professor, PhD social scientist, bestselling author, and columnist at The Atlantic – addressed the St. Sebastian’s community on April 20, 2022, as part of the Birmingham Lecture Series. Brooks was introduced by faculty member and alumnus Paul Keady ’16, who interned while he was a Georgetown student at the American Enterprise Institute, where Brooks served as the president for 10 years. Among Brooks’ many accomplishments, he is the author of 12 books, holds the title of Chief Happiness Correspondent for The Atlantic, and is on the faculty of both Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, where he teaches one of its most sought-after classes, “Leadership and Happiness.”
Brooks gave an engaging presentation on how to live a happy life, providing our students with actionable strategies and thought-provoking ideas. Using cutting-edge science and philosophy, he explained the difference between happiness and success and dispelled myths as he defined what it means to be happy. Brooks shared what he considers to be the four key ingredients to happiness – faith, family, friends and meaningful work. He stated the importance of making sure there is balance between these aspects, noting that he strives to incorporate all four into his daily life. Brooks encouraged the boys to continuously invest in their faith and relationships at St. Sebastian’s, emphasizing the benefits of walking the spiritual path, as well as cultivating friendships made in high school and college. Following the presentation, Brooks answered thoughtful questions from students.
Thank you, Dr. Brooks, for sharing your wisdom and reflections on happiness with our students and faculty.