Dr. Fred Luskin teaches a variety of classes on happiness at Stanford. He's part of a movement that looked at psychology in the mid-1990's and saw science based on what's wrong with people: misery, anger, frustration, and depression. His focus is not on what’s gone wrong, but instead on what makes people happy and why. He describes the neurobiology behind mood states and offers strategies for finding the good, becoming more peaceful, improving relationships and appreciating yourself.
Fred Luskin, PhD ’99, is director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects and a senior consultant in wellness and health promotion services at Vaden Health Center. His best known work combines lecture with a hands-on approach to the ancient tradition of forgiveness. Professor Luskin has engaged in international work with victims and survivors of violence in Northern Island conflicts, Ground Zero, and Sierra Leone, yielding significant results in forgiveness, stress reduction and enhanced states of well-being. At Stanford, he teaches positive psychology and emotional intelligence classes and is the author of Stress Free for Good, Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love.