[Csikszentmihalyi] = Csikszentmihalyi, Mihali. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008. ISBN: 9780061339202.
[DL] = His Holiness the Lama, Dalai and Howard C. Cutler. The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. 10th Anniversary ed. Riverhead Books, 2009. ISBN: 9781594488894.
[Frankl] = Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning. Beacon Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780807014295. [Preview with Google Books]
[Lyubomirsky] = Lyubomirsky, Sonja. The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want. Penguin Books, 2008. ISBN: 9780143114956.
[Peterson] = Peterson, Christopher. A Primer in Positive Psychology. Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780195188332. [Preview with Google Books]
[Ricard] = Ricard, Matthieu. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill. Translated by Jesse Browner. Little, Brown, and Company, 2007. ISBN: 9780316167253.
[Schwartz] = Schwartz, Barry. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less. Harper Perennial, 2005. ISBN: 9780060005696.
[Seligman] = Seligman, Martin E. P. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. Atria Books, 2004. ISBN: 9780743222983.
[Weiner] = Weiner, Eric. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World. Twelve, 2009. ISBN: 9780446698894.
Introduction: defining happiness
Overview of positive psychology
|[Peterson] Chapter 1. “What Is Positive Psychology?”|
Happiness vs. pleasure
[DL] Chapter 3. “Training the Mind for Happiness.”
[Ricard] Chapter 1. “Talking About Happiness.”
[Seligman] Chapter 6. “Optimism about the Future.”
[Peterson] Chapter 5. “Positive Thinking.”
Guest speaker: Tamara Menghi, Associate Director, Employer Relations and Career Programs, MIT Global Education & Career Development
|Handouts from StrengthsQuest website|
Unhappiness, sadness and depression
[DL] Chapter 8. “Facing Suffering.”
[Ricard] Chapter 6. “The Alchemy of Suffering.”
American Psychiatric Association. Read the description of depression in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Text Revision, DSM-IV-TR. 4th ed. American Psychiatric Association, 2000. ISBN: 9780890420256.
[Frankl] Selected pages.
Happiness in relationships
[DL] Chapter 5. “A New Model for Intimacy.”
[Peterson] Chapter 10. “Positive Interpersonal Relationships.”
Wellness and flow
[Csikszentmihalyi] Chapter 1. “Happiness Revisited.”
[Peterson] Chapter 9. “Wellness.”
Happiness and diversity (cultural and religious)
|[Weiner] Chapter 1. “The Netherlands: Happiness is a Number.”|
Happiness and decision making
Guest speaker: Dorise Gruber, Assistant Director for Freshman Affairs, Boston University School of Management
|[Schwartz] Selected pages.|
|11||Finding meaning in our lives||[Lyubomirsky] Chapter 8. “Happiness Activity No. 10: Committing to Your Goals.”|
|12||Open topic (to be decided by students), evaluations and wrap up||No readings|
In addition to the readings listed in the table, the following books are also suggested reading for this seminar.
Ben-Shahar, Tal. Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. McGraw-Hill, 2007. ISBN: 9780071492393. [Preview with Google Books]
Gilbert, Daniel. Stumbling on Happiness. Vintage Books, 2007. ISBN: 9781400077427.
Ramsay, Graham Gordon, and Holly Barlow Sweet. A Creative Guide to Exploring Your Life: Self-Reflection Using Photography, Art and Writing. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008. ISBN: 9781843108924. [Preview with Google Books]