Positive Psychology and Well-Being: The Psychological, Biological, and Social Aspects of Happiness

What’s the secret to happiness? It’s a question that’s confounded thinkers and inspired artists for generations. And it’s one for which there is no single, simple answer. That said, today you can draw from a wide range of fields to better understand the science and theory behind well-being, and learn how to make meaningful life changes by applying these principles to your personal and professional life.  

In the Positive Psychology and Well-Being online short course, you’ll discover a multidisciplinary approach to maximizing happiness from a psychological, biological, and social perspective. Over six weeks, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of positive psychology, well-being theory, and the neuroscience of emotion, and explore how these translate into real-world strategies for success. You’ll also examine how techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and finding ‘flow’ can boost well-being, and assess the role that spirituality, religion, group dynamics, and relationships play in providing meaning. Guided by Dr. Daryn Reicherter, an international expert in trauma psychiatry, you’ll learn how your approach to adversity can impact your well-being, and craft your ‘personal economics of happiness’ blueprint for building your future resilience. There’s far more to happiness than transient positive emotion — gain the tools to reclaim agency over your long-term well-being.

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Online, instructor-led
Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Center for Health Education