Happiness Education Course Ideas

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== What is happiness?  How is it measured? ==
== What is happiness?  How is it measured? ==
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Talk about Seligman's 3 ideas (Affect, Flow/Engagement, Spiritual/part of something larget).
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* Talk about Seligman's 3 ideas (Affect, Flow/Engagement, Spiritual/part of something larget).
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* Eudamonia vs. Hedonism - Growth vs. Pleasure
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* Diener's national surveys
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* Remembered Happiness vs. Experienced Happiness (Show Kahneman's studies)...experience sampling..peak/end rule.
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* Is morality important?  introduce Altruism and Evil....
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Eudamonia vs. Hedonism - Growth vs. Pleasure
 
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Remembered Happiness vs. Experienced Happiness (Show Kahneman's studies)...experience sampling..peak/end rule.
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== Basic Psychological Needs & the Hedonic Treadmill ==
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Is morality importantintroduce Altruism and Evil....
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* Relative vs. Absolute goods (ie. money vs. vacation)
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* Self Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan) - Competence, Relatedness, Autonomy
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* Meaning as a basic psychological need(Kashdan ??)
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== Gratitude & Focus ==
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* Explore the idea of shifting a person's focus.
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* Explore ancient ideas about the world being a product of one's opinions.
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* Detachment and meditation
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* Talk about Amygdala and ancient structures which make us focus on negative too much.
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== Relationships & Emotional Intelligence ==
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* Maximizers vs. Satisficers
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* one of the few things that does cause lasting happiness
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== Gratitude ==
 
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== Altruism ==
 
== Self Regulation, Habits vs. Discipline ==
== Self Regulation, Habits vs. Discipline ==
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== Emotional Intelligence ==
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* Radish/chocolate experiement...depletion
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* Tal Ben Shahar's examples (ie. 4 minute mile)
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== Morality and Evil ==
== Morality and Evil ==
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* Talk about theoretical moral foundations and values (Schwartz, Shweder, and Haidt)
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* Talk about how opposing groups view other people's morals
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* How self serving biases lead to the idea of "pure evil" (Baumeister, Haidt)
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* Morality's relation to happiness
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== Sex, Drugs, and Brain Chemistry ==
== Sex, Drugs, and Brain Chemistry ==
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* Dopamine system
= Multimedia we could use =
= Multimedia we could use =

Revision as of 18:11, 12 February 2007

This page was created for Ravi Iyer and Brian Lickel to brainstorm over ideas for a new course on "Happiness" aimed at undergraduates at USC.

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Topics we could cover

What is happiness? How is it measured?


Basic Psychological Needs & the Hedonic Treadmill

Gratitude & Focus

Relationships & Emotional Intelligence

Self Regulation, Habits vs. Discipline

Morality and Evil

Sex, Drugs, and Brain Chemistry

Multimedia we could use

Experiential Excercises

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