Episode 6

Published on:

3rd Jun 2021

6. Virtues and Happiness with Pelin Kesebir

Welcome to On Meaning. I'm Eugene Leventhal. In this week's episode, I got to speak with Pelin Kesebir, who is a social psychologist interested in the study of happiness and virtue. She is an honorary fellow and a former assistant scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds.

We started the discussion be exploring some similarities and differences between existential psychology and positive psychology before getting into virtues and wellbeing, and the role that spirituality can play in regards to well-being.

Two things in particular really resonated with me from this conversation. The first was the role that the virtue of curiosity can play when it comes to finding interest in life as a whole and in terms of leading a fulfilling life. The second thing, which was just the different types of virtues we discussed, curiosity and connection are so key when it comes to well-being.

To learn more about Pelin's work, check out this site.

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On Meaning
A journey on finding and refining meaning in life
On Meaning is a podcast meant to be an audio companion for your journey of finding and refining meaning in life. Join host Eugene Leventhal for conversations with psychologists, philosophers, and others with interesting perspectives on how to view meaning in life. While there won't be any simple answers here, the podcast is meant to explore the various topics relevant to more deeply exploring the question of meaning in life.

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Eugene Leventhal

Eugene is the host of On Meaning and is actively working to build a meaning-centered community. He is passionate about understanding the role that meaning plays in one's life in various contexts, ranging from personal well-being to the willingness to being an active participant in a community.

Aside from On Meaning, Eugene is the host of the History of Drugs in Society podcast and has launched Consequential and Heinz Radio at Carnegie Mellon University. He currently works full-time at CMU as a Project Manager within CyLab, the university's Security and Privacy Institute.