Pursuing the elusive goal of happiness; open meeting at Dixie State

Dick Harper, date and location unspecified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Have you learned the art of happiness?

Guest speaker Dick Harper will discuss the meaning and pursuit of happiness at the next meeting of Dixie State University’s President’s Colleagues.

Harper will present “Happiness: The Art of Living Well” at noon Monday in Lecture Hall 156 of the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus, 1526 E. Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

After spending more than 45 years as a clinical psychologist, Harper has found that everyone has a strong desire for happiness.

However, while being happy is a major goal in life, most people don’t know what happiness is. Harper believes that everyone has the potential to be happy, but happiness doesn’t just happen — it needs to be pursued.

In his presentation, Harper will discuss this elusive goal of happiness to which everyone aspires.

Born, raised and educated in North Dakota, Harper received his undergraduate, master and doctoral degrees from the University of North Dakota. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.

Over the years, Harper’s work has fallen into three categories: psychotherapy, consultation and education.

As a psychotherapist, he has extensive experience in assessment and treatment, which has included such techniques as biofeedback and hypnosis.

As a consultant, he has developed and given programs on topics ranging from succession to emotional intelligence. In addition, he has provided personal coaching services to entrepreneurs. As an educator, he has taught at numerous colleges and universities. He has published one book and more than 250 articles.

For several years, Harper and Owen Thompson hosted “The Country Docs” radio and TV programs. Though now almost retired, Harper spends a small amount of time in professional activities that include writing, speaking and consulting. He and his wife of 48 years, Maurita, currently live in St. George.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University, established more than 20 years ago by former Dixie State President Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the Washington County area.

Event details

  • What: Dick Harper, guest lecturer, speaks on ““Happiness: The Art of Living Well.”
  • When: Monday, Nov. 7, at noon.
  • Where: Lecture Hall 156 of the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus, 1526 E. Medical Center Drive, St. George.
  • Cost: Free
  • Sponsored by The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University.

For more information about Dixie State University, visit dixie.edu.

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