Happiness Education Course Ideas

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*January 15: Introduction  
*January 15: Introduction  
*January 17: An Opening View from Economics – The Statistical Story of Changes in Subjective Well-Being Over Time and Across Nations  
*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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*EXERCISES: Take Big 5 personality Test,  Optimism Scale, Life Satisfaction and State Happiness Scales
*EXERCISES: Take Big 5 personality Test,  Optimism Scale, Life Satisfaction and State Happiness Scales
*DISCUSSION: Present results of needs & domain satisfaction.  Talk about kinds of happiness.  Other basic needs?
*DISCUSSION: Present results of needs & domain satisfaction.  Talk about kinds of happiness.  Other basic needs?
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*January 24:  But Wait, What Are We Measuring Anyway?
*January 24:  But Wait, What Are We Measuring Anyway?
*DISCUSSION: Present results of personality/happiness data.  Can happiness change?  Elephant vs. race car analogy.
*DISCUSSION: Present results of personality/happiness data.  Can happiness change?  Elephant vs. race car analogy.
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*EXERCISES: Think about a vacation.  Tell us about it.  Rate the experience.  Justify your rating.  Think about actual negative experience and hypotheticals of winning lottery or losing legs.  Rate experiences and justify.
*EXERCISES: Think about a vacation.  Tell us about it.  Rate the experience.  Justify your rating.  Think about actual negative experience and hypotheticals of winning lottery or losing legs.  Rate experiences and justify.
*January 29:  Hedonic Adaptation – Experimental Evidence and Neurological Basis  
*January 29:  Hedonic Adaptation – Experimental Evidence and Neurological Basis  
*January 31:  Emotion and Cognition –The Tangled Web of “Passion” and “Reason”  
*January 31:  Emotion and Cognition –The Tangled Web of “Passion” and “Reason”  
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*DISCUSSION: Discuss data from last exercises in light of peak/end rule and affective forecasting.  Do Brother/sister incest story to show lack of rationality.
*DISCUSSION: Discuss data from last exercises in light of peak/end rule and affective forecasting.  Do Brother/sister incest story to show lack of rationality.
*EXERCISE: Take Maximizer/Satisficer scale.  Do some experiment where choice affects maximizers/satisficers differently.
*EXERCISE: Take Maximizer/Satisficer scale.  Do some experiment where choice affects maximizers/satisficers differently.

Revision as of 23:48, 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




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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