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Positive Psychology: The Key to Happiness

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 27, 2015 - August 07, 20152M-F 3:15-6:05POpenNichea Spillane10657

Course Description

For years, psychology has been the study of what ails the human mind. For example, why do certain individuals develop depression or abuse substances? Currently, there is a movement within psychology to study not only what ails the human mind, but what makes us happy, healthy, and content in our lives. Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in our life, from birth to death and all the stops in between. In this course you will learn what positive psychology is and what positive psychologists have learned about the good life and how it can be encouraged in your own lives.

The course will focus on the psychological aspects of a fulfilling and flourishing life. Topics include happiness, self-esteem, empathy, friendship, goal setting, love, achievement, creativity, mindfulness, spirituality, and humor. If you have ever wondered what the secrets of happiness are, this is your chance to learn some ways to increase your own levels of happiness. This will be accomplished through lectures, class discussions of relevant topics, small projects, and in-class activities. Assignments include readings, a short written review, quizzes, and small group projects.

There are no prerequisites for this course.