FSEM1010-20.FSEM: The Pursuit of Happiness.F13.Krebs,Kelly
FSEM: The Pursuit of Happiness
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The pursuit of happiness is guaranteed in our constitution, but how do you know when you have truly achieved happiness? Are there choices you can make or habits you can develop in college that will lead to happiness? Can you define and measure what it means to be happy, satisfied, or purposeful? These questions and others will lead us into a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the nature of happiness and well-being. We’ll start by looking at ways philosophers and theologians have thought about happiness from Aristotle, through the Enlightenment, to the rise of “positive psychology” in the 20th century. We will also review recent research in psychology and neuroscience and examine genetic, economic, and cultural influences on happiness. Finally, through class discussion, activities, and assignments, we will focus on aspects of a fulfilling life, including topics such as happiness, self-esteem, empathy, friendship, love, achievement, creativity, and spirituality. While I can’t promise that this class will make you happy, you will leave with strategies for increasing your well-being in college and beyond.
Krebs, Kelly, "FSEM1010-20.FSEM: The Pursuit of Happiness.F13.Krebs,Kelly" (2013). Syllabi. 1818.