STSU 124 - Happiness and Well-Being
A course that explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Students will engage in practical lessons from the science of positive psychology, neurobiology, and social and behavioral sciences. The course will offer students practical strategies for tapping into and nurturing their own happiness, including activities that foster social and emotional well-being and that enable students to observe a measure of their own happiness.
Two hours lecture/discussion each week.
2 credit hours
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify at least four (4) key psychological, social, and biological factors that relate to happiness.
- Describe in writing the relationship among happiness, human connection, and prosocial qualities such as compassion, altruism, and gratitude.
- Explain why engaging in or practicing certain kinds of exercises or activities can boost happiness.
- Identify and practice five (5) research-tested techniques for fostering happiness within themselves and the people around them.
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