Happiness Education Course Ideas

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* Study of Calcutta Prostitutes vs. Graduate Students
* Study of Calcutta Prostitutes vs. Graduate Students
* Things that are not subject to hedonic treadmill/adaptation (ie. noise)
* Things that are not subject to hedonic treadmill/adaptation (ie. noise)
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* Space
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* Importance of disposition, personality, and genes
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* READING: Ch 2,5 of Happiness Hypothesis
== Wanting vs. Liking ==
== Wanting vs. Liking ==
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* Money
* Money
* Power/Status
* Power/Status
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* Space
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* READING: See Nettle book chapter on Wanting vs. Liking
== Basic Psychological Needs  ==
== Basic Psychological Needs  ==
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* Meaning as a basic psychological need?  (Kashdan ??)
* Meaning as a basic psychological need?  (Kashdan ??)
* Self Esteem?  Security?
* Self Esteem?  Security?
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* Have students take the basic psychological needs survey...
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* EXERCISE: Have students take the basic psychological needs surveys for domains and correlate with domain satisfaction -> http://www.psych.rochester.edu/SDT/measures/word/needsful.doc
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* Show pioneer network video re: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom in the elderly.  relate to stats on elderly depression and suicide
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* Elderly as a control group
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* Talk about  
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* MEDIA: Show pioneer network video re: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom in the elderly.  relate to stats on elderly depression and suicide
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* Talk about experiment with elderly and plants
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== Training one's focus (ie. Gratitude, Altruism) ==
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* Explore the idea of shifting a person's focus. 
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* Talk about Amygdala and ancient structures which make us focus on negative too much.
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* Luck (Wiseman)
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* LAB: Try classroom exercise of trying not to think of an elephant.
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* The mind is like an animal that must be trained rather than a car that must be driven (Haidt).
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* READING: Ch. 1 of Happiness Hypothesis
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* Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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* Applying signature strengths
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* EXERCISE: Find your signature strengths and apply them
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* LAB: Talk about application of strengths?
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* EXERCISE: Keep gratitude journal
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* EXERCISE: Do something altruistic and report on it
== Meditation ==
== Meditation ==
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* Explore ancient ideas about the world being a product of one's opinions.
* Explore ancient ideas about the world being a product of one's opinions.
* Detachment
* Detachment
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* EXERCISE: Take the scale
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* LAB: Try meditation, report on results
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== Gratitude, Altruism & Focus ==
 
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* Explore the idea of shifting a person's focus. 
 
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* Talk about Amygdala and ancient structures which make us focus on negative too much.
 
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* Luck (Wiseman)
 
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* Try classroom exercise of trying not to think of an elephant.
 
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* The mind is like an animal that must be trained rather than a car that must be driven (Haidt).
 
== Relationships & Emotional Intelligence ==
== Relationships & Emotional Intelligence ==
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* Maximizing and satisficing in relationships
* Maximizing and satisficing in relationships
* Companion vs. passionate love
* Companion vs. passionate love
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* Take emotional intelligence test
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* EXERCISE: Take emotional intelligence test -> [[Brackett, M. A., & Mayer, J. D. (2003)]]. Convergent, discriminant, and incremental validity of competing measures of emotional intelligence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 9, 1147-1158.
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* Relate emotional intelligence to Phineas Gage
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* EXERCISE: Do Iowa Gambling Task
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* Relate emotional intelligence to Phineas Gage & neuroanatomy
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* READING: ch. 6 of Happiness Hypothesis
== The relationship between physical and emotional health ==
== The relationship between physical and emotional health ==
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** Prozac
** Prozac
** Caffeine
** Caffeine
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* Positive Illusions? - [[Taylor, S. E., Kemeny, M. E., Reed, G. M., Bower, J. E., & Gruenewald, T. L. (2000)]]. Psychological resources, positive illusions, and health. American Psychologist, 55, 1, 99-109.**
== Self Regulation, Habits vs. Discipline, Belief ==
== Self Regulation, Habits vs. Discipline, Belief ==
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* Tal Ben Shahar's examples (ie. 4 minute mile)
* Tal Ben Shahar's examples (ie. 4 minute mile)
* Belief and self esteem as self fulfilling prophecies
* Belief and self esteem as self fulfilling prophecies
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== Adversity and Resilience ==
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* READING: ch.7 of Happiness Hypothesis
== Experiencing Flow ==
== Experiencing Flow ==
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* Quotes from people who are in flow
* Quotes from people who are in flow
* A different kind of happiness
* A different kind of happiness
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* READING: [[Nakamura, J., & Csikszentmiyalyi, M. (2002)]]. The concept of flow. In C. R Snyder & S. J. Lopez (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Psychology, 89-105.
== Morality and Evil ==
== Morality and Evil ==
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** Brother and sister in France incest
** Brother and sister in France incest
** Outcome influencing intentionality evaluations of CEO decisions
** Outcome influencing intentionality evaluations of CEO decisions
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* Moral elevation
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* READING: Ch.8 of Happiness Hypothesis, something on Myth of pure evil?
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== Wrap-up ==
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* Class project on self improvement graded on thoughtfulness and effort rather than content...any kind of happiness is ok...
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* READING: Ch. 10 of Happiness Hypothesis
= Multimedia we could use =
= Multimedia we could use =

Revision as of 21:46, 30 March 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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General vision

Topics we could cover

What is happiness? How is it measured?


the Hedonic Treadmill

Wanting vs. Liking

Basic Psychological Needs

Training one's focus (ie. Gratitude, Altruism)

Meditation


Relationships & Emotional Intelligence

The relationship between physical and emotional health

Self Regulation, Habits vs. Discipline, Belief

Adversity and Resilience

Experiencing Flow

Morality and Evil

Wrap-up

Multimedia we could use

Experiential Excercises

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