BC1088: The Science of Living Well | S. Kaufman

Undergraduate Lecture
M 4:10-6:25PM

What does it mean to live a life well lived? Can science inform how you can live your own best life? What does it take to realize your full potential and be your best self in the face of competing conflicts (inner conflicts as well as external pressures)? The main mission of this course is to provide an up-to-date understanding of theoretical, empirical, and applied advances in the science of well-being and self-actualization. Consideration will be given to conflicting viewpoints and their respective empirical support, including the benefits of embracing both comfortable and uncomfortable emotions, the measurement and development of different models of well-being, and the implications of deliberately attempting to increase well-being.

While this course will cover the latest science of well-being, the course is deeply grounded in humanistic psychology. As such, the course will cover essential human needs, including health, security, growth, mindfulness, self-esteem, connection, love, creativity, resiliency, purpose, flow, gratitude, awe, and other forms of self-transcendence. We will also cover the implications of the latest science for cultivating healthy institutions that are growth-fostering and bring out the best in everyone. We will engage in experiential learning and practical exercises to further help you become a whole person, which will inform our theoretical and empirical understanding of the latest scientific findings. 

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