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Kashdan Helps You Find Happiness During Recession

Kashdan Helps You Find Happiness During Recession

Mason professor Todd Kashdan is quoted in a recent article in U.S. News & World Report, written by Deborah Kotz. How can we truly feel happy right now, in this moment when our 401(k)'s and house values are tanking? When our jobs are threatened or already lost? U.S. News posed this question to leading happiness researchers to find out what tools we can employ to stay upbeat in gloomy days. While it's true that some lucky folks are born with sunny dispositions, others, according to the latest studies, can learn to be happy. How? "We need to move away from the concept of trying to fill our days with frequent pleasurable moments and fewer negative moments," explains Todd Kashdan, a professor of psychology at George Mason University and author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life. "What truly provides satisfaction is having a meaning and purpose in life, which is doubly important in the midst of this current economic nightmare." Ten other secrets:

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Mantz Pursuing Field Studies in Congo

Mantz Pursuing Field Studies in Congo

Jeff Mantz from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is back in the Congo, where he is pursuing field studies about coltan. He recently wrote "Blood Diamonds of the Digital Age: Coltan and the Eastern Congo."

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Professor Emeritus Aksyonov Dies

Professor Emeritus Aksyonov Dies

Vassily Aksyonov, Professor Emeritus of Russian Literature and Writing, died on Monday, July 6, in Moscow. He was 76. According to news reports, he had been in the hospital since January 2008 after suffering a stroke. In December 2004, Aksyonov received the Open Russia Booker Prize, which is awarded for the best Russian novel of the year. His award, presented in Moscow, was for “Voltairiens and Voltairiennes,” a historical narrative about 18th-century Russia laced with hints and prophecies about contemporary political issues.

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Department of Communication Prepares for New Graduate Student Cohort

Department of Communication Prepares for New Graduate Student Cohort

The Department of Communication is busy preparing for the new cohort of MA and PhD students expected to arrive Thursday, August 27th for orientation. Directly following the Graduate Student Orientation for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the department will host a Welcome Reception at 7:00 on August 27th in Student Union Building II (SUB II), where students and faculty will have a chance to meet and discuss important issues for the upcoming semester. Please email Maria Carabelli to verify your attendance at this important event.

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Carton Inspires Integrity

Carton Inspires Integrity

George Mason Professor Dr. Benedict Carton was recently selected as a national finalist by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for the Inspire Integrity Award. The only national student-nominated faculty awards program, these awards are presented to full-time university faculty who have, through their lessons and actions, made a significant impact on the lives of their students and instilled a high degree of personal and academic integrity.

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From the Inside-Out: Gender Issues Examined at Mason

From the Inside-Out: Gender Issues Examined at Mason

Eleven undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in WMST 411 or 611 Gender Research Project, chose their own research topics, and used various methodologies to answer their sociological queries. On May 7, those researchers presented their findings and received feedback from professors, students and community members at the Second Annual Gender Research Conference.

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Helpful Latin Resources

Helpful Latin Resources

Struggling with your conjugations? This helpful compilation of Latin Resources -- an online learning module at GMU.edu -- can bolster your understanding of irregular verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns, history, mythology, and so much more.

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