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WSP 20 — Happiness and Resilience: Gratitude, Gumption, and Grace

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Sep 26—Oct 3
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 19
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Carole Pertofsky
Status: Closed
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Live Online(About Formats)
10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Sep 26—Oct 3
2 days
Drop By
Sep 19
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Carole Pertofsky
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
What will you do "with your one wild and precious life?” This question was posed by the late poet Mary Oliver in her poem "The Summer Day." Despite the many challenges we have faced in these last few months, most of us reply that we want to experience deep happiness, life meaning, and fulfillment. The good news is that we know from research that happiness, resilience, and well-being are within reach, even if our demanding and complex lives often blur our motivation to prioritize those things that make us feel truly alive. Our well-being and fulfillment are directly impacted by how well we navigate life’s opportunities and challenges. Expect a workshop full of dynamic inquiry, and the opportunity to learn essential life skills that support a strong sense of contentment, strength, and joy. Because each of us is unique, we each have the opportunity to explore skills best attuned to our own disposition and lifestyle. Buttressed by research drawn from psychology, basic neuroscience, and contemplative traditions, including mindfulness, we will tap into natural gifts such as courage, gratitude, self-care, and compassion, all of which are known to increase resilience and happiness. The workshop also will include reflective practices and lively group discussions to rejuvenate and restore well-being.

Carole Pertofsky, Director, Emerita, Stanford Health Promotion Wellness Services; Lecturer, Stanford School of Medicine

Carole Pertofsky specializes in positive psychology and well-being. She co-developed and taught Stanford’s first course on the psychology of happiness. Pertofsky teaches at Stanford and Silicon Valley companies on topics including resilience and its causes, happiness, mindfulness, self-compassion, courageous aging, and the Enneagram. She also facilitates seminars and retreats and is a professional life and transitions coach.