Happiness: Theory, Research, and Application in Positive Psychology


What makes human beings flourish? Learn the science behind the field of positive psychology and what contributes to happiness, resilience and thriving.


What you can learn.

  • Summarize theories and empirical findings in the field of positive psychology
  • Critique the scientific validity of studies
  • Create, plan, and demonstrate a positive intervention

About this course:

What makes human beings flourish? In this course, we will examine, discuss, and apply theories and research within the field of positive psychology. Lectures, readings, papers, and in-class exercises are based on the scientific discoveries, philosophical questions, historical perspectives, and practices of well-being. Topics include: biological and physiological determinants of happiness, how happiness is measured, roles of human neuroanatomical structures in well-being, human character strengths and virtues, positive emotions, meaning and engagement, relationships, accomplishment, resilience, pleasure vs. long-term happiness, bi-directional relationship between physical health and positive affect, roles of evolution and motivation in happiness, and whether or not the pursuit of happiness is a practical endeavor and moral obligation.

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