Description: OK, this is another posting on the theme of things to spend a bit of time thinking about NOW before the fall term takes away your free time, your time for self-reflection, and (hopefully not) some of your general wellbeing! Positive Psychology is a recent area of research in psychology that focusses upon the things people can do to make their lives better. Among other things it looks at the things we do that make us miserable and at the things we can do to increase out general sense of wellbeing as well as what we can do to change habits we have developed that are leading us to regularly behave in ways that do NOT add to our general sense of wellbeing. Sound like something it would be good to know about? Well, if so, you are in luck. There is a course at Yale university called the Science of Wellbeing that will tell you all about it. It is taught by psychologist Laurie Santos and it is so popular that last year ¼ of Yale’s undergraduate population all wanted to take it at once. Now if you are thinking that this is interesting but out of reach because you are not enrolled at Yale, no worries, there is a version of the course available for free on a course site called Coursera (the link is below). You can hear Laurie Santos talk about the course in a radio interview which is also linked below. Give it a listen and, if the course sounds like it could be useful you can go to the course link and view it on-line for free.
Source: The Science of Wellbeing (a course) and The secret to happiness? Ask this Yale professor and the 1,200 students taking her class, Laurie Santos.
Date: August 30, 2018
Article Links: The Coursera version of the course https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being and an interview with Laurie Santos about her course https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current-CJvCgH7v-20180830.mp3
So, does the course sound interesting? I think it is worth checking out if only for the “Rewirement” assignments which explain how you can identify and change base habits you have developed that are, or will be, getting in the ay of your wellbeing. Now, I am not touting the course just because. I am referring you to it because I believe that it is unique in that it is research-based. There is some very interesting and useful work that has come out of Positive Psychology lately and Laura Santos has built her course around that science. So, it is certainly worth a look. So, QUICK! Do it now as part of your new “develop a few good habits so the fall term or fall season will be less overwhelming than if you just slide into it” strategy!
Questions for Discussion:
- What do we do wrong in terms of how we typically think about happiness?
- What sorts of things can we do to start thinking “right” about happiness?
- What are one or two things you can take away from your consideration of this topic?
References (Read Further):
Search Life Design in the search box at the top of this page.
Seligman, M. E., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Positive psychology: An introduction (Vol. 55, No. 1, p. 5). American Psychological Association. http://www.bdp-gus.de/gus/Positive-Psychologie-Aufruf-2000.pdf
Seligman, M. E., Steen, T. A., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2005). Positive psychology progress: empirical validation of interventions. American psychologist, 60(5), 410. https://howtobehappy.guru/Positive-Psychology-Progress.pdf
Seligman, M. E. (2004). Authentic happiness: Using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment. Simon and Schuster. http://reclaimingjournal.com/sites/default/files/journal-article-pdfs/13_1_Wellik_Hoover.pdf