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This course focuses on developing skills that are necessary for personal and professional satisfaction. Students will increase their sense of well-being by learning and applying scientifically tested models and practices for enhancing social connections, resilience, kindness, and self-awareness in business. This course will be highly interactive and active participation is expected. Course methodology is experiential with interactive videos, small group sharing, role-playing, in-class exercises, and large group discussions.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. Identify the major theories of happiness, and the relationship between behavior, and positive professional/personal experiences, and well-being.
  2. Identify major concepts, issues, and questions of happiness, e.g., How can you become more engaged by your life and the world around you? How can you help build a positive business community and what would it look like? What is life’s ultimate meaning and how can you align it to your professional development?
  3. Understand what supports and creates well-being in and out of the workplace.
  4. Create conditions for co-workers and clients that nurture a life worth living.
  5. Practice evidence-based experiential activities that create and sustain positive emotions and desired experiences.
  6. Develop and implement a project aimed at promoting personal and organizational well-being based on tested happiness tools and strategies.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Identify stressors that are affecting work performance and learn strategies to effectively cope with them.
  2. Use own talents and virtues to augment their happiness and positively influence the well-being of the individuals—clients, peers, stakeholders, superiors and subordinates—you will be interacting with on a daily basis.
  3. Apply evidence-based strategies to increase your quality of life and that of your firm/organization.
  4. Integrate resiliency techniques to face personal and professional challenges more effectively.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of happiness and how they relate to personal and interpersonal exchanges.
  6. Develop a well-being strategy that increases the overall professional and personal quality of life.

COURSE FORMAT

This course uses a highly experiential format. Students will be offered opportunities to increase their level of personal and professional well-being by being exposed to exercises, procedures and tools geared towards personal and organizational happiness, perfecting behavioral and communication skills, and achieving a resilient, mindful, and compassionate management style. The instructor will use group techniques, interactive videos, and other in-class activities tested with different audiences around the world to achieve this course objectives.