Daniel Cordaro

The Contentment Foundation

Daniel Cordaro

The Contentment Foundation

Daniel Cordaro

Dr. Daniel Cordaro is the Founder and CEO of the Contentment Foundation. An Edmund Hillary Fellow and former faculty member at Yale University, Dr. Cordaro led three of the largest cross-cultural studies on human emotion ever conducted in the field of psychology, which are featured in the textbook Understanding Emotions. Dr. Cordaro has spent the last decade of his career studying what it means to live a flourishing life and sharing the findings with schools around the world. His research teams have studied over a dozen cultures across the globe, including making first contact with an isolated community in remote Eastern Bhutan.

Dr. Cordaro earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and M.S. in Organic Chemistry from UC Berkeley, and later spent two years as the Director of Wellbeing at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. While there, he and his team inaugurated a new area of research on contentment by publishing some of the first original research on what it means to cultivate unconditional acceptance of the present moment.

Above all, Dr. Cordaro is a lover of truth, wisdom, and indestructible wellbeing. Along his journeys around the world, he became a dedicated meditator, introspector, and questioner of assumptions - as his studies in philosophy began to unlock the mysteries of human flourishing. The culmination of this work now expresses through the Contentment Foundation as a service to humanity. Daniel’s personal audacious goal is to significantly improve the lives of one billion children and one billion adults - 25% of earth’s population - within his lifetime.

Daniel Cordaro

The Contentment Foundation offers child and adult-centered wellbeing curricula to schools internationally. The team is here for you throughout the entire process, helping ensure that everyone in your school fully benefits from the practices. The Contentment Foundation also help schools track, measure, and improve their physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing using science-based measurement tools.

The foundational learning platform, The Four Pillars of Wellbeing, is available as a whole-school transformation for teachers and students everywhere. The Foundation partners with researchers at some of the top universities in the world to study the impact of the work. The Foundation also publishes original research and popular articles on the cross-cultural wellbeing philosophies that unite humanity.

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