Oct 16, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1006 - The Science of Happiness

Hours: 4
This course will consider positive psychology, the science of human strengths and virtues. Rather than starting from mental illness, positive psychology begins instead at mental wellness. It uses scientific studies, validated tests, and interventions that are proven effective. In this course on positive psychology, students will learn about: (1) aspects of happiness and factors that contribute to these aspects, (2) signature strengths and values, (3) the role of cognition and emotion in happiness, and (4) the role of creativity and flow in everyday activities. Students will reflect on these principles in their own lives and will learn skills that they can use in college and beyond. In studying these topics, students will also gain an understanding of psychological research methods and the contemporary research findings on positive psychology.