WSP 20 — Happiness: Gumption, Gratitude, and Grace
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Jun 30
Time: 10:00 am—5:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jun 23
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Carole Pertofsky
10:00 am—5:00 pm
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
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, life meaning, 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 tap into natural gifts such as courage, gratitude, self-care, and compassion, all of which reduce stress and increase happiness. This workshop will include science-based teachings, reflective practices, and lively group discussions helping to relax, rejuvenate, and restore well-being.
Grade restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Carole Pertofsky, Director, Stanford Wellness and Health Promotion Services, Vaden Health Center; Faculty, School of MedicineCarole 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 continues to teach courses on the art and science of compassion. She also leads resilience workshops and seminars for companies, nonprofits, and retreat centers; offers personal coaching for life transitions; and consults professionally. 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.