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Oct. 20: Psychologist to give talk on the Good Life

FREDERICK, Md.—A nationally known personality psychologist will give a talk on the idea of the Good Life, about what makes life worth living and what makes life meaningful to the person living it, Oct. 20 at Hood College.

Laura King, Ph.D., professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia, will present her talk “What Can Science Tell Us About What Makes Life Meaningful?” at 6 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall. Her research has focused on well-being, especially meaning in life, motivation, narrative approaches, folk theories of the Good Life and individual differences in intuitive information processing.

She will present research addressing these issues and suggest that taking a scientific look at the idea of the Good Life reveals some simple and surprising truths. Meaning in life can come from unexpected places and be a more common experience than previously thought. Although people often think of meaning as something they struggle over, search for or create, King’s research suggests a new set of verbs for the experience of meaning. As she noted, “meaning can be created, but it can also be noticed, effortlessly. Meaning can happen to us when we least expect it.”

This talk, which is free and open to the public, is in association with the inauguration of the 11th president of Hood College, Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D. For more information, contact Jason Trent, assistant professor of psychology, at or 301-696-3758.