The Psychology of Happiness and Wellbeing

New School for Social Research: Psychology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Psych of Happiness&Wellbeing

Fall 2018

Taught By: Shai Davidai

Section: A

CRN: 4792

Credits: 3

The self-help industry grosses over two billion dollars a year, yet surveys repeatedly show that Americans are not getting happier. One reason for this is that most self-help books are not based on critically evaluated research related to happiness. We will learn how rigorously conducted research can inform our understanding of what influences people's subjective wellbeing, and examine different approaches to the study of emotion. Throughout this course, we will discuss such questions as how material wealth relates to wellbeing, whether religious people are happier than atheists, how culture influences emotion, why happiness seems to come easier to some people but not to others, and whether happiness is an important (and achievable) state to begin with. We will read the latest research articles in psychology, sociology, and economics to gain a better understanding of a wide-range of emotions, including gratitude, nostalgia, regret, envy, and so forth. *BA/MA students may register for this course with the permission of the instructor.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Psychology (GPSY)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:26am 2/19/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1006

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/11/2018