What makes human beings flourish? In this course, students 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 happiness. 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.
Advance enrollment required; no enrollment at the door.
UCLA: 1749 Physics & Astronomy Bldg.
July 5 - September 13
11 meetings total