This course provides an overview of the science of happiness, and its implications for practice. We will explore questions such as what is happiness, are there different types of happiness, how feasible is it to increase happiness, what practices might create happiness and special topics such as how happiness changes with age. The premise of the course is that a better understanding of the rapidly emerging research provides a valuable basis for making choices about whether and how to improve your own personal happiness, as well as what that means in practice. The format will be a mixture of lecture with frequent pauses for discussion. The course is open to anyone and requires no previous expertise or knowledge. Participants should gain a richer understanding of the nature of happiness and how they can cultivate it. There will be no required preparation or reading.
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