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NECC Professor to Present on the Science of Happiness

Submitted by on February 27, 2019 – 8:29 pm

NECC Professor Lizzie Casanave will present on the Science of Happiness at local libraries in March, Optimism Month.

Ever find yourself wishing you had a cheat sheet to happiness? The path to a brighter mindset, according to Northern Essex Community College professor Lizzie Casanave, might be more readily achieved than you think.

March is Optimism Month and Casanave will provide four free presentations on the topic. Titled “Be Happy: the Science of Happiness and How to Be Happier,” her lectures will explore studies on positivity and offer up practical tools for achieving happiness amid the onslaught of daily challenges. Casanave’s lectures will be offered at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, March 12

Flint Public Library, 1 South Main Street, Middleton, MA

1:00 p.m.

Contact, Melissa Gaspar, 978 774-8132


Thursday, March 14

Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA

1:00 p.m.

Register online at


Saturday, March 23

Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill Street, Swampscott, MA

1:00 p.m.

Call 781 596-8867 or register online at


Saturday, March 30

Merrimac Public Library, 86 West Main St. Merrimac, MA

11:00 am

Call 978 346-9441.


Casanave holds a BA in philosophy/religion and world perspectives and an MA in critical and creative thinking. She currently teaches courses in practical logic, philosophy, and ethics at NECC, where she has worked for over ten years. Her curriculum also includes a workshop on the science of happiness, examined through the lens of positive psychology.

“Be Happy: the Science of Happiness and How to Be Happier” is offered as part of the NECC Speakers Bureau, which has staff and faculty speakers available to present to public and private school systems, libraries, service clubs, and more.

For additional information on this program, please visit the Speakers Bureau website or contact the group at or 978-556-3862.

Northern Essex offers associate degrees in liberal arts: philosophy and liberal arts: psychology.