LECTURE: What makes us happy? For the ancient Greeks, happiness was a gift of the gods. With the coming of Christianity it became a promise of the world to come. Today, we often think of happiness as a natural right, even an entitlement. We tend to look for something or someone on the outside to make us happy. This program will examine happiness from the perspectives of depth psychology, Buddhism, positive psychology, and recent neuro-affective research. Dr. Ruhl will suggest that unhappiness is rooted in anxiety which accompanies the sense of being an isolated ego (separate from others and nature as a whole). A sense of harmony, completion, and wholeness comes with the realization that this feeling of isolation is an illusion.: Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist living in Houston, Texas. Dr. Ruhl is the executive director of The Jung Center of Houston and a faculty member of the Saybrook University Graduate Studies Program in Jungian Studies. He is the co-author of three books with Robert A. Johnson, including Contentment: A Way to True Happiness, published by HarperCollins. Dr. Ruhl sees patients in private practice, facilitates dream groups, and presents seminars around the nation.