WELL 15 — How to Enhance Your Vitality: A Scientific, Social, and Spiritual Approach
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Oct 27—Nov 17
Time: 7:00—8:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 29
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Allan Mishra
Class Recording Available: Yes
Why do certain people seem so vital and vibrant? In a world where many of us feel burdened by stress, pressure, and competing demands, a lucky few seem to radiate with joy, purpose, warmth, and vitality. In this course, we will draw from research in biology, medicine, psychology, sociology, and elsewhere to understand how our minds, bodies, spirituality, and relationships can work in interconnected ways to enhance or deplete our overall state of well-being. To make this happen, we will work with a framework for optimizing physical and mental health that could be applicable to anyone. The framework relies on four pillars of vitality: physical, mental, social, and spiritual. Students will inventory their strengths and weaknesses in each pillar, and identify how their current habits and routines may contribute to, or take away from, achieving the right balance. Along the way, we will consider how variables like time management, a clear sense of purpose, and service to others can also contribute to the equation. Students will come away with a personalized action plan to enhance each element of vitality in their own lives.
Allan Mishra is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist, and author of Dare to Be Vital: Vitality Essentials Course Book. He is also the founder of DareToBeVital.com. His biologic research on vitality has been featured in The New York Times. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Stanford and received an MD from the University of Michigan.
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford Medical Center
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Allan Mishra, MD, Vitality Essentials Course Book (ISBN 979-8637899081)