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As a Speaker

As a speaker, Brooks engages his audience with bold, clear, and actionable ideas. Blending cutting-edge science, ancient wisdom, philosophy, music, and art, Brooks reaches listeners in a format that is thought-provoking, unconventional, uplifting — and most of all, useful. An energetic and passionate believer in happiness as the key to fulfillment, he gives audiences across the ideological spectrum the concrete steps needed to improve their lives and repair our country.

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Speaking Topics

Moving from Strength to Strength in Work, Life, & Happiness

Our skills and interests naturally change as we age—a fact that can be difficult and frightening for many “strivers.” How can we prepare for the changes that come later in life, and how can we structure our lives in a way that uncovers new strengths and leads to lasting happiness? Blending the latest in behavioral social science research, ancient wisdom, and historical analysis, Professor Arthur Brooks will reveal how effectiveness and wellbeing at all stages of life come not from holding on to past achievements, but from cultivating new habits and a different understanding of success and fulfillment.

Leadership and Happiness

Most people think success is the key to happiness, but they are wrong. Happiness is the key to success. According to research, to be successful in life, one should understand happiness and manage to it—our own and others’. Unfortunately, most people have to learn this fact by hard experience. Happiness expert Arthur C. Brooks shows that behind this problem lies an enormous opportunity for businesses to improve happiness practices internally, thus raising workplace engagement, facilitating recruitment, and increasing retention and productivity. Indeed, companies can establish a culture of meaning, purpose, and life satisfaction–and can thus prosper in highly-competitive labor markets where culture and quality of life are so critical.

Love Your Enemies

America is afflicted with a "culture of contempt," says Brooks. It is increasingly common for people to view those who disagree with them as worthless, instead of just misguided or incorrect. This is fomented by an “outrage industrial complex” in media and politics. Through ancient wisdom and cutting-edge behavioral science, Brooks provides a roadmap to the prosperity that comes when we choose to love one another – gaining strength from our differences.

Your Happiness 401k

Well-being is like a retirement account: The sooner you invest, the greater your returns will be. Exploring the expanding science of happiness, Professor Brooks shares specific investments you can make based on the best research, trends in social science, positive psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy to help people live a more purposeful life, full of long-lasting enjoyment and satisfaction.

Arthur in Action

Recent Events

  • Chicago Cubs Baseball Club, Wrigley Field, IL
  • Gallup Global Learning Day (virtual)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York (virtual)
  • John William Pope Foundation,  Raleigh, NC
  • IESE Global Alumni Reunion (virtual)
  • Aspen Security Forum, Washington, DC
  • YPO Gold Southern 7 Chapter,  Linville, NC
  • HBS Alumni Fall Reunion, Cambridge, MA


“Brooks…has consistently struck me as the smartest figure on the American right—someone not given to bouts of provocation or hyperbole, but rather someone who speaks with equal authority on macroeconomics…cultural evolution and societal happiness… Brooks also conjures comparisons to ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World,’ the character in the Dos Equis beer commercials.”

Tim Alberta


“Arthur Brooks is a strange creature by Washington standards. Heck, he’s a strange creature by bipedal standards. A former French horn player who decided to be an egghead late in life, he is a unique mix of Catholic piety, data obsession, sartorial connoisseurism, physical fitness, old-soul wisdom, and basic decency.”

Jonah Goldberg

National Review

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