The Science of a Meaningful Life: The Science of a Great Relationship is a workshop led by Christine Carter, a sociologist and happiness expert at the Greater Good Science Center best known for her blog and book Raising Happiness, and psychologist Frederic Luskin, one of the world’s leading experts on the science and practice of forgivenes.

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Drs. Carter and Luskin will explain how strong relationships foster health and happiness in each partner, and they will highlight what happy couples do to make their relationship so strong. They will also shed light on what most often goes wrong in relationships, elucidating the most common relationship problems—and their solutions. For instance, learning productive ways to fight can reduce conflict in a relationship while strengthening connection.

The seminar will also feature a special segment on forgiveness in relationships, with detailed instructions for how to make an effective apology, how to repair a relationship after a fight, and how to know the difference between chronic problems that are solvable vs. those that will persist without solution.

Workshop Topics:
* Strong relationships and happiness are intertwined: strong relationships make people happy and happy people are more likely to form strong relationships.
* Being in a strong, lasting and committed relationship is good for your health.
* Effective ways to handle stress and negative emotions individually are crucial to a great relationship.
* There are practical ways to cope with many everyday relationship problems, and important steps to take if couples find themselves dealing with perpetual problems.
* Specific techniques can prevent conflict from spiraling out of control and repair relationships after conflict; other ways to respond to conflict can just make matters worse.
* Effective apologies and forgiveness are essential to effective conflict resolution.
* There are practical, concrete, research-based strategies for boosting empathy, happiness, and compassion in a relationship, making it healthier in the process.

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