fullscreen background
Skip to main content

Fall Quarter

Fall Quarter Underway
Late-Start Classes
Still Available
shopping cart icon0


« Back to Professional & Personal Development

PDV 83 W — Choosing Happiness (CANCELLED)

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Oct 26
Drop Deadline: Sep 27
Unit: 1
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Laura Delizonna
Limit: 45
Status: Cancelled
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 10/2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Sep 24—Oct 26
5 weeks
Drop By
Sep 27
1 Unit
Laura Delizonna
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 10/2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
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.
<br><br>Happiness is a skill that can be learned. This practical course will equip students with research-based techniques to deepen and expand flourishing in relationships, career, and life. Using habit design, students will create an action plan for building mental habits in daily life. The techniques presented are derived from research in the innovative field of positive psychology. The course text will be Thrive: Self-Coaching for Happiness and Success, a workbook written for this course that includes summaries of scientific findings, worksheets, action plans, and practical exercises. Students will apply these principles to their daily personal and professional lives and engage in online breakout groups, discussions, meditations, and other experiential exercises.


  • 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, Executive Coach and Consultant

Laura Delizonna is a positive psychologist who designs and delivers training programs to elevate sustainable happiness and performance. She coaches executives, is an international speaker, and delivers trainings to companies. She has authored four books on the science of happiness, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and thriving at work. Previously, she was a staff psychologist at the Stanford School of Medicine. Delizonna received a PhD from Boston University.