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PDV 83 — Choosing Happiness

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Nov 7—Dec 5
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Nov 13
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Addtl. Fee: $40 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s): Laura Delizonna
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 28
Fall
On-campus
Thursdays
6:30—9:00 pm
Date(s)
Nov 7—Dec 5
4 weeks
Drop By
Nov 13
1 Unit
Fees
$360
Addtl. Fee: $40 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s):
Laura Delizonna
Open
Please Note: No class on November 28
This course explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Studies suggest that 40 percent of our happiness is determined not by our genes or circumstances, but by the daily habits and activities we engage in. We also see a correlation between happiness and achieving greater wealth and higher performance, health, resilience to stress, and positive relationships. In this course, we approach happiness as a way of being—wholehearted living that has depth and meaning. Students will learn why social connections, kindness, and community are keys to happiness, and discuss the limits, common misconceptions, and pitfalls when pursuing happiness. We will explore how happiness practices change the brain, strengthen the immune system and sleep, enhance performance at work, and improve relationships. The course text will be Thrive: Self-Coaching for Happiness and Success, a comprehensive workbook that includes summaries of scientific findings, worksheets, application guides, and practical exercises. Students will apply these principles to their daily personal and professional lives, and engage in class discussions, meditations, and other experiential exercises. Finally, a thirty-day challenge will offer the opportunity to build happiness-boosting habits. Students will come away with new tools, insights, and practices to build happiness, response flexibility, and resilience, and decrease their levels of stress and negative emotions.

This course includes a non-refundable materials fee of $40 to be paid at the time of registration.

Laura Delizonna, Executive Coach

Laura Delizonna is a positive psychologist specializing in optimal performance and well-being. She works with leaders worldwide to increase team performance, transformational leadership, and whole life success. Delizonna received a PhD from Boston University.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
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