CORE 003 SC - What is Happiness?
The paradox of happiness is that most people want it, but few people can define it. Most people seem to agree that happiness is one of life's most important goals, yet they do not know how to achieve it. What is it about happiness that makes the concept and perhaps its reality so elusive? The course starts with an examination of recent research on happiness done in the fields of positive psychology and behavioral economics. We then turn to the ways in which happiness was articulated 2500 years ago by ancient philosophers, such as Aristotle, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius who offered not only definitions of happiness but practical instructions on how to achieve it. Are these ancient "technologies of happiness" so different from the discoveries made by our current science of happiness?
Course Credit: 1.0
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