Pelin Kesebir

Assistant Scientist

College of Letters & Science l Center for Healthy Minds

Pelin Kesebir has received her degree in Social Psychology and Personality from the University of Urbana-Champaign, and currently works as a scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison. She studies happiness and virtues, and the different ways in which we can cultivate our well-being skills.


  • Combining recent insights from the science of happiness with ancient wisdom, this talk will lay out the fundamentals of enduring happiness: what it is, what it isn’t…and how each of us can take simple steps to cultivate this most important life skill.

  • Lasting happiness can only be achieved when we have a healthy relationship with reality—when we see life’s fundamental facts as they are and accept them. This presentation will lay out the ingredients of a healthy relationship with reality and offer tools for loving and embracing life, while seeing it clearly.

  • There is no relationship more crucial to our happiness than the one we have with ourselves. How, then, should we relate to ourselves? Relying on latest research, this talk will explore the sense of self most conducive to enduring happiness, and ways of cultivating it.

  • Our happiness is dictated more by our state of mind than our circumstances, and there is no better place to start cultivating happiness than creating healthy habits of the mind. This talk will identify the qualities characterizing a healthy mind, such as optimism, resilience, and mindfulness. Based on the latest research, Dr. Kesebir will give practical tips to learn to better manage our thoughts and emotions, so that we can all live happier, more fulfilled lives.