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The Psychology of Happiness

Program dates: June 21-23, 2017

Program cost: $340

Includes lodging, all meals and any field trips. Students arrive on campus Wednesday, June 21, and depart Friday, June 23.

Instructor: Dr. Jessica Schultz

Dr. Jessica Schultz is an assistant professor of psychology at Augustana College. She completed her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa and her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Texas. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Iowa. Her research examines the effectiveness of psychotherapy training programs and the impact of forgiveness on mental health. At Augustana she teaches courses such as Child Psychopathology, Personality Research and Assessment, Childhood in the Developing World, and Introduction to Psychology.

Course description

In this two-day workshop, students will explore questions of happiness through the lens of psychology. Participants will learn how psychologists study these topics through discussion, mini-lectures, videos, experiential activities, and hands-on studies. We won't just talk about happiness, we will actually try out the evidence-based strategies designed to increase it.

Tentative schedule

Wednesday, June 21

  • Check-in
  • Welcome reception

Thursday, June 22

  • What is happiness?
  • How do we measure happiness?
  • Lunch
  • Where does happiness come from?
  • Biological, Psychological, and Social Determinants of Happiness
  • Cultural Differences in Happiness

Friday, June 23

  • How do we get happier?
  • Discussion of happiness interventions
  • Do they work for us? Testing out happiness interventions
  • Lunch
  • Do they work for us? Testing out happiness interventions
  • Where does the field go from here?