The Study of Happiness

“There’s no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” — Thích Nhất Hạnh

Happiness life’s most important subject matter.

I started my study in the classroom - sophomore year of college I decided to create the world’s first happiness major. I won research grants and taught an award-winning course on positive psychology and habits at the University of Alabama. But that’s only a small piece of exploring happiness. Truly, daily life is the best classroom.

Experiential learning through contemplative practices: meditation, journaling, spiritual inquiry etc. are as important as the scientific theory. So lived as a Zen monk for 4 months.

Now I’m in the real world - and the experiment continues. My life (and your life) are the happiness laboratory.

Consider me your experimenter. This is where I share lessons, confessions, and conversations around happiness in life.

Writing a book…

If you made it to this page you might have seen my online writing on mindfulness, Zen, death, contemplative living, or happiness life lessons.

Good news - I’m writing a book! It doesn’t exist yet. I don’t know what it’s called. You should buy it.

That’s a hell of a sales pitch.

But judging by your being here then you’ve enjoyed my writing so far. So you’ll love this book.

You’ll get the wisdom I’ve found along my journey studying happiness - from classic writers, happiness researchers, Zen monks, and self-help gurus (just the good ones). And you’ll get my struggles, confessions, and insights from encountering addiction, death, and my own neurotic lunacy.

All that will help you live a happier life. Or at least it’ll be a little entertaining.

So buy my book that doesn’t exist yet. You’ll love it - I promise!

Subscribe to my page to pre-order and be notified when it’s published…

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Jackson Kerchis
I’m an ex startup CEO and zen monk who created the first Happiness Studies degree. I write and speak about Zen living, contemplative psychology, and the study of happiness. 70K+ have read or viewed my lessons on happiness.
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