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* Keep it real and grounded
* Keep it real and grounded
* Include alternate ideas of the good life
* Include alternate ideas of the good life
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= Syllabus in Progress =
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Schedule of Classes and Topics
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*January 15: Introduction
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*          January 17: An Opening View from Economics – The Statistical Story of Changes in Subjective Well-Being Over Time and Across Nations
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*          January 22:  Behavior Genetics and Personality Psychology….A Grim Rejoinder?
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*          January 24:  But Wait, What Are We Measuring Anyway?…
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*          January 29:  Hedonic Adaptation – Experimental Evidence and Neurological Basis
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*            January 31:  Emotion and Cognition –The Tangled Web of “Passion” and “Reason”
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*          February 5:  Affective Forecasting – Do we really known what we like, and why? 
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*          February 7:  Some More Biases from “Optimal” Decision-Making 
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*          February 12:  Social Comparison – Envy or Inspiration?
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*          February 14:  Overwhelmed by Choice?
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*          February 19:  Exam 1 Covering Lecture Material up to February 14, and these readings… Goleman (1-6); Schwartz (All of it);
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*          February 21:  Health and Happiness – A Two Way Street
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*          February 26: The Importance of Others – The Neurological Bases of the Pain of Social Isolation and Joy of Social Inclusion
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  *          February 28:  The Benefits of Social Connection – Giving and Getting
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*          March 4:  Why your Set-Point gets Set - How Genes, Parenting, and Childhood Experiences Interact to Influence Lifetime Happiness
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*          March 6:  Depression and Anxiety – The Accidental Discovery of Anti-Depressants, and the Neuroscience of Negative Mood
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*          March 11:  Belief in Change – You Are Not (Totally) a Prisoner to Your Genes (or Childhood)
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*          March 13:  Self-Esteem – The Strange Journey of a Pop Psychology Concept
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*          Week of March 17 – Spring Break
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*          March 25:  Positive Illusions – The Bad and the Good
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*            March 27:  Self-Regulation, Procrastination, and Perfectionism
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*          April 1:  Focusing Your Mind – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’s Science-Tested Tricks to Beat the Thoughts that Lead to Unhappiness
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  *          April 3:  Zen Mind, Happy Mind? – The History, Practice, Neuroscience, and Consequences of Meditation and Prayer
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  *          April 8:  Exam 2 – Lecture material through April 3, and these readings…
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            Goleman (7-16); Haidt (All of it); Twenge (All of it)
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  *          April 10:  The Art of Social Negotiation – Getting What You Want and Being Nicer Too
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  *        April 15:  Money – Why Most of Us Spend Too Much and Save Too Little (and what to do about it).
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*          April 17:  Creating Good Relationships – Some Science-Based Suggestions 
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  *          April 22:  Work and Happiness – Flowing with Csikszentmihalyi
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*          April 24:  The Science of Happiness and the Practice of Public Policy – What (If Anything) Should Government Do?
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  *          April 29:  The Meaning of it All – Adversity, Gratitude, and Growth
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  *          May 1:  Turn in Paper, Class Evaluation, Review for Final
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  *          May xx:  Final Exam (For the Final, read all of Easterbrook…which you should have done anyway to write a good paper)
= Topics we could cover =
= Topics we could cover =

Revision as of 23:21, 13 April 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

Syllabus in Progress

Schedule of Classes and Topics

*           January 17: An Opening View from Economics – The Statistical Story of Changes in Subjective Well-Being Over Time and Across Nations 
*           January 24:  But Wait, What Are We Measuring Anyway?… 
*           January 29:  Hedonic Adaptation – Experimental Evidence and Neurological Basis 
*           February 5:  Affective Forecasting – Do we really known what we like, and why?  
*           February 7:  Some More Biases from “Optimal” Decision-Making  
*           February 12:  Social Comparison – Envy or Inspiration? 
*           February 14:  Overwhelmed by Choice? 
*           February 19:  Exam 1 Covering Lecture Material up to February 14, and these readings… Goleman (1-6); Schwartz (All of it); 
*           February 21:  Health and Happiness – A Two Way Street 
*           February 26: The Importance of Others – The Neurological Bases of the Pain of Social Isolation and Joy of Social Inclusion 
 *          February 28:  The Benefits of Social Connection – Giving and Getting 
*           March 4:  Why your Set-Point gets Set - How Genes, Parenting, and Childhood Experiences Interact to Influence Lifetime Happiness 
*           March 6:  Depression and Anxiety – The Accidental Discovery of Anti-Depressants, and the Neuroscience of Negative Mood 
*           March 11:  Belief in Change – You Are Not (Totally) a Prisoner to Your Genes (or Childhood) 
*           March 13:  Self-Esteem – The Strange Journey of a Pop Psychology Concept 
*           Week of March 17 – Spring Break 
*           March 25:  Positive Illusions – The Bad and the Good 
*           April 1:  Focusing Your Mind – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’s Science-Tested Tricks to Beat the Thoughts that Lead to Unhappiness
 *          April 3:  Zen Mind, Happy Mind? – The History, Practice, Neuroscience, and Consequences of Meditation and Prayer 
 *          April 8:  Exam 2 – Lecture material through April 3, and these readings…
           Goleman (7-16); Haidt (All of it); Twenge (All of it) 
 *          April 10:  The Art of Social Negotiation – Getting What You Want and Being Nicer Too 
  *         April 15:  Money – Why Most of Us Spend Too Much and Save Too Little (and what to do about it). 
*           April 17:  Creating Good Relationships – Some Science-Based Suggestions  
 *          April 22:  Work and Happiness – Flowing with Csikszentmihalyi 
*           April 24:  The Science of Happiness and the Practice of Public Policy – What (If Anything) Should Government Do? 
 *          April 29:  The Meaning of it All – Adversity, Gratitude, and Growth 
 *          May 1:  Turn in Paper, Class Evaluation, Review for Final 
 *          May xx:  Final Exam (For the Final, read all of Easterbrook…which you should have done anyway to write a good paper) 

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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