Teaching Happiness, Inc. Training Program

Teaching Happiness, Inc. Training Program

Credits Available

  • Psychological and Philosophical Perspectives on Happiness (3 credits, graduate division level)

Dates Valid

January 2014 through January 2019

About the Training Sponsor

Teaching Happiness, Inc. is a group of educators and specialists in web design managing a multimedia educational platform on the internet focused on the topic of human happiness. This multimedia platform provides educators, students, and the general public with free access to clear, concise information on the history and scientific study of human happiness, positive psychology, and mental well-being in general. The website includes a broad variety of audiovisual media as well as text to bring historical and scientific views on happiness to life. They are particularly interested in providing science-based information on the skills needed to build resilience against depression and pursue a meaningful life. A major purpose of the organization is to train secondary and post-secondary educators to integrate content on the philosophy and psychology of happiness into their curricula.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Psychological and Philosophical Perspectives on Happiness (3 credits, graduate division level)
This course examines recent research and ideas in positive psychology, social psychology, and psychiatry about happiness and well-being. Students will explore parallels and resonances between modern scientific discoveries and philosophical insights on happiness. This course identifies seven correlates (or habits) that show both scientific and philosophical validity as contributing to happiness and well-being. These include: Relationships; Caring; Strengths and Virtues; Flow; Spiritual Engagement and Meaning; Physical Well-being; Mindfulness and Positive Emotions. The course begins by comparing the approaches and methodologies of psychology and philosophy, including the challenges presented by the measurement of subjective well-being. Following this, each of the correlates will be dissected by analyzing relevant research and comparing the outcomes with parallel themes from philosophical texts.