The Psychology of Happiness



Paul a   Mark a   HOlzer a   Debora a

Course Description

Stimulated by the ground-breaking work of Positive Psychologists such as Martin Seligman, both popular media and academia have seen an upsurge of interest in the new “Science of Happiness.”

What exactly is “happiness”? Can we measure happiness or peace of mind? What do the latest scientific data tell us about the causes of happiness? How can we use the science of happiness to become happier and fight depression?

We will explore these questions and more while examining the work of philosophers and psychologists from both East and West who have pioneered the exploration of happiness. In doing so, we will examine recent discoveries in the scientific study of happiness, their concrete implications for student well-being and performance, and strategies to integrate these new insights into personal and professional life.

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Do you know?

New discoveries in the science of happiness have major implications for our mental well-being.

The idea of happiness has a long history that still influences our world today.

Who may have influenced Thomas Jefferson when he penned the line "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?"