Happiness Education Course Ideas

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= Books to buy/check out =
= Books to buy/check out =
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* Signature Strengths book?
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* Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification  by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman
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* Flow  
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* Happiness - Nettle
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* Authentic Happiness - Seligman
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* Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life (Masterminds Series)  by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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* Seligman, M. E. P. (2002). Authentic happiness. New York: Free Press.
* The Social Psychology of Altruism - Dovidio
* The Social Psychology of Altruism - Dovidio
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* Evil? - Baumeister
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* The Myth of Evil - Phillip Cole
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* Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty  by Roy F. Baumeister
* Mind Wide Open - Steven Johnson
* Mind Wide Open - Steven Johnson
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* Happiness Hypothesis - Haidt
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* Happiness Hypothesis - Jonathan Haidt
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* The Question of Happiness - Tal Ben Shahar
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* The Question of Happiness: On Finding Meaning, Pleasure, and the Ultimate Currency  by Tal Ben-Shahar (Paperback - Aug 2002)
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* Happier - Tal Ben Shahar
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* Happier - Tal Ben Shahar (pre-order for May 2007)
* The Luck Factor - Richard Wiseman
* The Luck Factor - Richard Wiseman
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* Keyes, C. L. M., & Haidt, J. (Eds.). (2003). Flourishing: Positive psychology and the life well lived. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
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* Buddha (1993). Dhammapada. Thomas Byrom (trans.) Boston: Shambhala (Other editions acceptable, but not as beautiful)
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* Handbook of Positive Psychology
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Revision as of 21:57, 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.

Contents

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

Books to buy/check out

Other thoughts/ideas

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