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Eve Rickert and Carrie Jenkins discuss Nonmonogamy and Happiness

The love story we’re all familiar with ends with “ … and they lived happily ever after.” But how often do we hear a nonmonogamous love story with that ending? In all kinds of contexts, nonmonogamous happiness is erased.


In “real” love, we are taught to expect the opposite: happiness. But what does love have to do with happiness? Doesn’t love have space to accommodate the full range of emotional experience? Carrie Jenkins thinks it does, or at least it can. In her new book, Nonmonogamy and Happiness, she draws connections between the expectation that love will make us happy and the undue focus on positive emotions to the exclusion of “negative” ones.


Join Eve Rickert and Carrie Jenkins in discussion about what love is and how we might better aim at being eudaimonic than at being happy.


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