The Art and Science of Happiness

A quote about happiness is overlayed over a photo of a stream.

Finding one's purpose in life can lead to happiness. This course explores theories of happiness. Image courtesy of simplerich on Flickr. CC NC-BY-SA.



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Spring 2013



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This seminar looks at current theories on happiness and positive psychology as well as practical implications of those theories for our own lives. It explores the concept of happiness, different cultural definitions of happiness, and the connection between happiness, optimism, and meaning. Also explored are practical strategies for creating more opportunities for happiness in our lives and for learning how to deal more effectively with sources of unhappiness.

This seminar is part of the Experimental Study Group at MIT.

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Holly Sweet. ES.S60 The Art and Science of Happiness. Spring 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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