Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Introduction


The Science of Happiness. Introduction: here | Week One: here | Week Two: here | Week Three: here | Week Four: here | Week Five: here | Week Six: here | Week Seven: here | Week Eight: here | Week Nine: here

For the next few weeks, I’d like to do something a little different with the column. Perhaps the main reason people turn to spirituality is because they are looking for more happiness in their lives.

In the spirit of “the Lord helps those who help themselves,” I’ve decided to take my happiness in my own hands by auditing a course from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center called “The Science of Happiness.” This eight week course explores happiness through science, research, and practical applications.

In the first lesson, the course addresses such topics as

  • What is happiness, and why does it matter?
  • Happiness and positive emotions.
  • Pessimism, myths, and misconceptions about happiness.

There are also practical experiments you can do to increase mindfulness, balance, peace, and life satisfaction.

Over the course of the next two months, I will be sharing my thoughts with you on the course, as well as insights gained from the experiments. I hope you will join me in this journey. If you’d like to audit The Science of Happiness for free, sign up at the Greater Good Science Center here. You can also listen to the excellent podcast of the same name from Public Radio International.

I hope this week’s blog has given you something to think about and maybe to discuss with others. Please feel free to share this post. Feedback is always appreciated, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook . Comments are always open.



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