Positive Psychology for Happiness and Wellbeing

Ref: C3680248

People often pursue something in the belief it will bring happiness, only to feel disappointed when they finally get it. The problem with many of the ways we try to be happy is that, although they bring some happiness, the happiness gained tends to be far less than expected. Also, that happiness does not last. Why is it that everyday tasks have become easier due to increased technology but, for many, life seems to hold less happiness? Why is it that the more we become independent from each other, the unhappier we become as a society? Why is that the more wealth and material goods we have around us, the more hollow many people’s existence becomes? Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour. Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. In this highly practical course we look at the insights positive psychology and other approaches can offer into how we can increase our happiness.

Course aim

People often pursue something in the belief it will bring happiness, only to feel hollow and disappointed when they finally get it. In this highly practical course we will look into why this is and how we can increase our happiness.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of positive psychology
  • List methods which have been proven to increase personal happiness
  • Explain why some ways commonly pursued to improve happiness do not work
  • Explain why using money to increase happiness only works to a limited degree
  • Explain how to manage emotions

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Not applicable

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Positive Psychology for Happiness and Wellbeing

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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