PSY6064 Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is the scientific study of positive subjective experiences, positive individual traits, and positive institutions that promote quality of life and prevent pathologies from occurring. This introductory course provides basic knowledge on the science of happiness, well- being, and the positive aspects of everyday life. Students will gain an understanding of the core elements of well-being and the key factors that contribute to a pleasant, engaged, and meaningful life. Throughout the course, students will have opportunities to explore the positive psychology concepts, theories, and research that address the question: What makes life worth living? Topics covered include positive emotions, character strengths, resilience, meaning in life, life satisfaction, kindness, empathy, gratitude, and compassion, among others. Experiential learning and practical exercises will be used to help students identify individual strengths, cultivate positive attitudes, and develop engagement in the contexts of work, family, school, and community.