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Course Details

Title Psychology of Happiness
Field of Study Social science
Professor Allison Buller (abuller@bridgeport.edu)
Type Academic course
Delivery Type Online Track (100% online course): Pre-recorded
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule N/A Recorded
Course code ISS1119
Course number 18014
Description

The “Psychology of Happiness” explores the research of what science says about well-being. The purpose of the course is to not only to learn what psychological research says about what makes us happy but also to put those strategies into practice. The first part of the course reveals misconceptions we have about happiness and the annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do. The next part of the course focuses on activities that have been proven to increase happiness along with strategies to build better habits.

Objective

Students will learn:

  • Misconceptions about happiness
  • Definitions of well-being
  • Why we’re so bad at predicting what makes us happy
  • Evidenced Based Practice to Improve Happiness
Preparations
[Materials for this course will be provided by the instructor via electronic copies]
Materials
Evaluation
Assignment
15%
Attendance
10%
Final
30%
Midterm
30%
Presentation
15%
Lesson Plan
Class 1: Defining personal happiness
Class 2: Happiness across cultures
Class 3: Misconceptions about happiness
Class 4: Why our expectations are so bad
Class 5: How can we overcome our biases
Class 6: Evidenced based practice that really makes us happy
Class 7: Putting Strategies into practice
Class 8: Using social commitment to change behavior
Class 9: Designing your environment to help change your behavior
Class 10: Stages of change and motivational interviewing
Class 11: Understanding the power of mindset to change your behavior
Class 12: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Class 13: Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Class 14: Creating a Personal Behavior modification plan
Class 15: Student Presentations on Personal Behavior Modification Plan
Last Updated April 16, 2021
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