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PDV 83 W — Choosing Happiness

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 18—Feb 19
Drop Deadline: Jan 21
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $370
Instructor(s): Laura Delizonna
Limit: 80
Status: Open
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Flex Online(About Formats)
Jan 18—Feb 19
5 weeks
Drop By
Jan 21
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Laura Delizonna
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Most of us have the formula backward: Success does not create happiness—it's happiness that creates success. Research shows a causal relationship between happiness and achieving greater wealth and higher performance, health, resilience to stress, and positive relationships. Happier people enjoy numerous advantages because they more adeptly respond to challenges and create opportunities. In this course, we approach happiness as a way of being—wholehearted living as a full expression of oneself with depth and meaning. Happiness emerges from a skill set that can be learned. In this skill-building course, students will learn and apply principles and research-based techniques from the innovative field of positive psychology. Students will engage in online breakout groups, discussions, meditations, and other experiential exercises including worksheets and action plans. Between sessions, students will practice applying these lessons to their daily personal and professional lives. By the end of the course, students will have developed new habits to help them live a happier, more satisfying life.

Laura Delizonna, Positive Psychologist; Executive Coach

Laura Delizonna specializes in high-performance teams and whole-life success. She works with leaders at major enterprises worldwide to increase team performance, effective leadership, and positive company culture, focusing on collaboration, psychological safety, resilience, and communication. She has delivered trainings at Google, Facebook, Accenture, McKinsey & Company, and Uber, among others. Delizonna received a PhD from Boston University and has taught at Continuing Studies since 2005.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Laura Delizonna and Ted Anstedt, Thrive: Self Coaching for Happiness and Success (ISBN 978-1502586360)