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WSP 20 — Happiness: Gumption, Gratitude, and Grace

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Aug 19
Time: 10:00 am—5:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Aug 12
Unit: 0
Tuition: $185
Instructor(s): Carole Pertofsky
Limit: 50
Status: Closed
On-campus course
10:00 am—5:00 pm
Aug 19
1 day
Drop By
Aug 12
0 Unit
Carole Pertofsky
What will you do with your “one wild and precious life?”—a question posed by poet Mary Oliver. Most of us reply that we want to experience deep happiness and fulfillment. The good news is that we know from research that happiness is within reach, but our complex and demanding lives often confuse and blur our motivation to prioritize those things that make us feel truly alive. Even more baffling, we may have theories about what will make us happy, but they don’t always seem to work.

In this workshop, we will explore powerful, research-based practices for your day-to-day life that can boost your sense of well-being, contentment, wonder, joy, and fulfillment. Because everyone is unique, you will have the opportunity to explore skills that are best attuned to your own disposition and lifestyle. Buttressed by research drawn from psychology, basic neuroscience, and contemplative traditions including mindfulness, we will examine how to tap into natural gifts such as courage, gratitude, self-care, and compassion for yourself and others, all of which reduce stress and increase happiness. This workshop will include science-based teachings, relaxing reflective practices, and lively group discussions.

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for Credit or a Letter Grade.

Carole Pertofsky, Director, Stanford Wellness and Health Promotion Student Services

Carole Pertofsky specializes in positive psychology, well-being, and resilience. She co-developed and taught Stanford’s first course on the psychology of happiness, and she teaches courses on the art and science of compassion, emotional intelligence, work/life balance, and stress management. She also speaks nationally, leads seminars, consults professionally, and coaches in the fields of life transitions, well-being, and leadership. Pertofsky received an MEd from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

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