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WSP 20 — Happiness: Gratitude, Gumption, and Grace

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Mar 7—Mar 14
Time: 10:00 am—5:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Feb 29
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $380
Instructor(s): Carole Pertofsky
Limit: 50
Status: Open
Winter
On-campus
Saturdays
10:00 am—5:00 pm
Date(s)
Mar 7—Mar 14
2 days
Drop By
Feb 29
1 Unit
Fees
$380
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Carole Pertofsky
Limit
50
Open
What will you do with your “one wild and precious life?” This question was posed by the poet Mary Oliver. 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 lives often blur our motivation to prioritize those things that make us feel truly alive. Our success, 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, courage, 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, Lecturer, School of Medicine

Carole Pertofsky specializes in positive psychology, well-being, and resilience. She co-developed and taught Stanford’s first course on the psychology of happiness.
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