Robert Waldinger (US)
ABOUT THE SHOW
What makes a good life?
For 84 years, the Harvard Study of Adult Development has tracked the lives of hundreds of Americans. Now its director and clinical psychiatrist, Robert Waldinger, unravels the secrets of what decades of research have taught us about what the good life truly entails.
Co-author with Marc Schulz, Robert’s new book The Good Life: Lessons From the World’s Longest Scientific Study on Happiness brings the Harvard Study of Adult Development’s research findings to the public.
“When we gathered together everything we knew about them at age 50, it wasn’t their middle-age cholesterol levels that predicted how they were going to grow old,” said Waldinger in his renowned TED Talk. Viewed more than 44 million times, it is one of the ten most-watched TED talks in history.
Now, Robert joins us at Panoptica to deliver a transformative talk that will reshape your perception of the good life. By blending scientific rigor, traditional wisdom, and real-life stories, he will unveil the surprisingly simple yet profound answer to achieving a fulfilling and meaningful existence.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Robert Waldinger is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital, and cofounder of the Lifespan Research Foundation. Dr. Waldinger received his AB from Harvard College and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and he directs a psychotherapy teaching program for Harvard psychiatry residents. He is also a Zen master (Roshi) and teaches meditation in New England and around the world. Robert is the co-author, with Marc Schulz, of the book The Good Life: Lessons From the World’s Longest Scientific Study on Happiness (Simon and Schuster; January 10, 2023).
Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse in partnership with major partner QUT, UNSW Centre for Ideas and Byron Writers Festival.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Suitable for ages 15+