Cultivating Happiness

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Location Info:

Golden West College
15744 Goldenwest St.
Huntington Beach, CA  92647
Numerous studies show that happy individuals are more successful in many areas of life including marriage, friendship, income, work performance, and health. This October the Community Services Departments at Santiago Canyon College (City of Orange) and Golden West College (Huntington Beach) will offer a four week workshop “Cultivating Happiness”.

Did you know there are some very simple things we can do to increase our level of happiness? For example, in a study dealing with depression, researchers found that by simply writing down three good things that happened every day, 94% of depressed subjects experienced significant relief.

Can simply smiling or pretending to be happy can actually make you happier? Ron Gutman in his very popular TedTalk contends that “smiling sends signals to the brain of emotional well-being.” It's beneficial to your health. Your smile lowers stress hormones and blood pressure and may even increase your lifespan. Smile more, it’s good for you, and it’s contagious!

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable people to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play. We will explore recent studies and apply them to our lives today.

Topics Include:

• Why are some people happier than others?

• The most important determinants of happiness?

• What are your greatest strengths?

• Finding Purpose and Setting Goals

• Resilience after Loss or Trauma

• Benefits of Forgiveness

• The Mind Body Connection


The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, our textbook, is a comprehensive guide to applying the principles of positive psychology to your own life along with easy explanations of the research and reasoning behind each exercise.

You do not need to be enrolled at the college to attend.

Thursday evenings, 7-9 p.m., October 6-27, 2016

To enroll phone Community Services at 714-628-4960


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