| The Science of Happiness|
“When we get what we want, why doesn’t that always make us happy? Our relationships are embedded in the pursuit or loss of happiness. This course is an interdisciplinary review of research and theories that explain our experience of happiness. Topics include the transient nature of happiness, our brain’s biological happiness system, the effects of tragic or fortunate events, blind spots, counterfactual thinking/ future thinking, thinking/presentism, the science of laughter and the communication roles of complaints versus gratitude. We will look at how happiness is affected by winning or losing, as well as predicting our future happiness (when we choose mates, careers or material acquisitions) is often flawed. Students will gain an understanding of what might (or might not) bring them and those they care about sustained happiness for the decisions they will be making throughout their lives.
| Life Passages|
Are you going through a time of change and transition in your life? Join in a conversation about how we tend our spirits when our worlds are evolving.
Facilitator: Rev. Leslie Takahashi