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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: Credit only; no NGR/letter grade
Tuition: $370
Instructor(s): Laura Delizonna
Limit: 80
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
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
Credit only; no NGR/letter grade
Laura Delizonna
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
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.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 45 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

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)