Due to some misplaced funds, Dalhousie University has had to lay off several of its faculty. One such faculty member is positive psychologist Dr. Daniel Bednar, who is taking the news surprisingly well.
“I am so grateful to have had this job, but I am even more excited to see what amazing opportunities come next,” said Dr. Bednar while cleaning out his desk. “It’s like, I wasn’t truly flourishing doing the whole nine to five thing, but now that I’m unemployed I’ve got so much time on my hands to pursue a truly authentic existence. Yay.”
“I mean, I could look for another job, but what kind of positive psychologist would I be if I did that? If you don’t live in the moment you’re not living at all.”
When asked about how being terminated affected his financial situation, Dr. Bednar was optimistic as ever.
“Having a full-time job was really helpful for paying the bills, but there’s so much more to the good life than financial security. Oh sure, the rent is due in a few weeks, and I will not be able to pay it, but money can’t buy you happiness, and that’s all that really matters anyway. Being happy, as much as possible, as often as possible.”
Dr. Bednar has started a GoFundMe campaign to finance his journey. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/themostposotiveposotivepsychologistever
NOTES: Positive psychologists study human flourishing.