PSYC E-1504 The Science and Application of Positive Psychology
Positive psychology researchers define happy people as those who are satisfied with life and who have more positive moods than negative ones. The research demonstrates that there are some key factors that shape wellbeing. Genetics comprise about half of the influence on people's dispositions and about 10 percent of happiness comes from circumstances. This leaves a significant percentage of what determines happiness to our control, our chosen activities, our lifestyle behaviors. People who can choose what they do, and who choose wisely, influence about 40 percent of their own wellbeing. Scientific research has now revealed the things that actually bring sustained happiness and a life of wellbeing. Going through the change process essential to flourish in life is within a person's control, if s/he is ready, informed with evidence, and willing to take the appropriate action(s) and make the necessary commitment. This course is designed to explore the concepts (biological, psychological, social, and emotional), research behind the concepts, techniques, and exercises that enhance wellbeing. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage in a detailed analysis and evidence-based positivity change process using self-assessment measures and concrete positive psychology and wellbeing enhancing activities.