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PSYC336. Positive Psychology

Positive psychology, or the science of well-being, was introduced to the field of psychology in 1990 as a welcome balance to the study of mental illness. This course will address early and current research related to emotional well-being and human strengths in the individual such as hopefulness, courage, faith, wisdom, perseverance, grit, mindfulness, and appreciation for beauty. It will also explore how cultural values and civic virtues such as responsibility, moderation, tolerance and work ethic impact relationships toward creating better social environments. This course is designed to be scholarly, but to do more than teach content. The design and activities will be created to help facilitate an experience of well- being for students and to engage in reflective activities that may support the development of greater well-being for their lives. Credit, 3 hours.