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Clay Routledge

Clay Routledge is the Vice President of Research and Director of the Human Flourishing Lab at the Archbridge Institute. He is also co-editor of Profectus, an online magazine dedicated to human progress and flourishing. As a leading expert in existential psychology, Clay’s work focuses on helping people reach their full potential and build meaningful lives. Clay is a highly cited researcher who has published more than 100 scholarly papers, co-edited three academic books, authored three books, and received numerous awards for his research and mentorship. As a public intellectual, Clay has authored dozens of articles for popular outlets, and his work has been covered by numerous newspapers, television and radio shows, podcasts, and documentary programs. His newest book, Past Forward: How Nostalgia Can Help You Live a More Meaningful Life, was published in 2023.

America’s Unhealthy Obsession with Mental Health

Americans are increasingly concerned about mental health. In recent decades, there has been a push for people to think and talk more about their...

How Nostalgia Is Making the World a Better Place—One Memory at a Time

Years ago, William Dunn encountered a young boy who was having behavioral problems. After learning that the boy’s father wasn’t in his life, William...

Patriotism and Progress

This article originally appeared in Discourse Magazine on July 8, 2022. It has been republished with permission.  Surveys show that patriotism is unpopular among progressives....

Meaning and the Psychology of Freedom

The human brain is an amazing organ. Though it only accounts for 2% of the weight of an adult human, it uses 20% of...

Toward a Holistic View of Wellbeing: Outward, Future, and Action-Oriented

Wellbeing is big business. Americans spend billions of dollars per year on wellbeing-related products, services, and experiences. The Global Wellness Institute estimates the value...

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