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WELLNESS 111: Exploring Happiness

Explores how research-based happiness theory and principles are applied to enhance daily and life satisfaction. Positions happiness as a cornerstone construct of personal wellness, purpose, and fulfillment. Investigates the science of happiness through lecture, guided practice, dialogue, and course material in order to enhance understanding and implementation.
Terms: Aut, Sum | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

WELLNESS 113: Stress Less, Sleep Better

Effectively manage stress and practice positive sleep strategies to enhance clarity, focus, and energy. Presents tools for assessing perceived stress and sleep quality, findings in the science of stress management, current research in sleep studies, and cognitive-behavioral theories and interventions (CBT-i) demonstrated to reduce stress and certain insomnias, while enhancing sleep quality.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1-2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Matta, C. (PI)

WELLNESS 117: Behavior Change: Building A Better You

Change behaviors using evidence-based techniques. Addresses the roles of habit cycles, procrastination mitigation, productivity enhancement, motivational factors, self-compassion, and addiction and addictive processes (both substances and non-substance related) in changing behaviors from maladaptive to adaptive patterns. Drawing from current findings in the neuroscience and psychology of behavior change and habit formation, utilize motivational interviewing, cognitive reframing, peer coaching, and mindfulness meditation models and intervention strategies.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1-2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Meyer Tapia, S. (PI)

WELLNESS 122: Work With Purpose: Design Your Career

Presents meaningful work as an essential component for life-long wellbeing. Discusses decision making, navigating change, mindfulness, self-compassion, and resilience as these topics relate to your career journey. Blends lecture, discussion, individual and group coaching, and small and large group interactions. Learning activities enhance theoretical knowledge and guide career-related decisions.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Paspa, P. (PI)

WELLNESS 127: Driving Your Metabolism

Examine the main factors impacting metabolic rate including stress, sleep, movement, and nutrition. Review the science behind the continual need for nourishment including quality sleep, stress management, movement and consistent nutrient supply. Practically apply principles of metabolism to one¿s unique physiology and lifestyle for optimal well-being.
Terms: Aut | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Wilson, C. (PI)

WELLNESS 130: Meditation

Introduces diverse forms of meditation practice in both theory (contemplative neuroscience, phenomenological traditions) and practice. Practices in guided imagery, compassion, loving kindness, positive emotion, mindfulness and mantra meditation will be offered to enhance stress management and well-being. While meditation practices emerge from religious traditions, all practice and instruction will be secular.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

WELLNESS 133: Meditation Retreat: Weekend Campus Intensive

Introduces diverse forms of meditation practice in both theory (contemplative neuroscience, phenomenological traditions) and practice. Selected practices in focused attention, mindfulness, guided imagery, compassion, loving kindness, positive emotion, and/or mantra meditation will be offered to enhance focused attention, insight, stress management, and well-being. Takes place in a weekend immersion format (on campus), which allows more immersive exploration of the topic space. While meditation practices emerge from religious traditions, all practice and instruction will be secular.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

WELLNESS 136: Meditation and the Brain: Practicing the Science and Art of Contemplation

Investigate the power of meditation for training the mind and changing the brain, specifically in focusing attention, enhancing awareness, and generating compassion. Going beyond meditation as a tool for simply reducing stress, this course grounds the theory and practice of meditation in a neuroscientific understanding of how meditation changes brain structures and functioning in service of increasing overall cognitive performance and psychological wellbeing. Learn how to apply specific frameworks and tools for effectively practicing meditation in daily life.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1-2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

WELLNESS 138: Mindfulness and Stress Management

Effectively manage stress through mindfulness meditation strategies (sitting and movement-based) that positively impact the brain-body system to enhance clarity, focus, and energy. Examine tools for assessing perceived stress and mindfulness, current findings in the science of stress management and meditation, and cognitive-behavioral theories and interventions demonstrated to reduce stress and enhance well-being. Course is based on the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) curriculum.
Terms: Aut, Sum | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Meyer Tapia, S. (PI)

WELLNESS 150: Introduction to Nutrition

Optimize nutrition for health and performance based on established and emerging research. Discern between popular trends and scientific understandings of healthy nutrition and nutritional habits. Topics include evidence-based analysis of macronutrients, fad diets, sugar addiction, low-calorie sweeteners, caloric restriction, disease prevention, and general nutrition with an emphasis on translating research into implementable, day-to-day dietary practices.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Robinson, J. (PI)

WELLNESS 163: Meditation and Technology

Challenge the traditional definition of meditation while examining and using the latest meditation technologies that amplify attention and awareness. Learn how these technologies can be integrated into existing practices or help support new meditators. Explore the range of tools, such as brain, heart, and breath sensing/feedback devices, and find what works best in one¿s own practice. Move past traditional boundaries of meditation and experiment with new ways that wearables, apps, and other tech can support meditation practice both in formal sitting practice and day-to-day living in a hyper-connected world.
Terms: Aut, Spr | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Alashwah, A. (PI)

WELLNESS 193: Applying Wellness Individual Studies

Translate theoretical knowledge and acquired skills into actionable wellness projects that enhance an aspect of wellness within the Stanford community. Students work in collaborative groups or individually under the mentorship of the course instructor(s) to design, deliver, and evaluate a wellness initiative at Stanford.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1-2 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

WELLNESS 199: Selected Topics: Wellness

Exploration of a topic (to be determined) not covered by the standard curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular quarter. May be repeated with change of content. For more information regarding specific course titles and topics, please refer to the notes of each course section.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1-2 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
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