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WELLNESS 196: Practice of Happiness

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

WELLNESS 198: Stress Less, Sleep Better

This course helps students better manage their stress and sleep more soundly. It does so by presenting the latest findings in the science of stress and sleep. Functional definitions of stress and perceived stress are given, student stress levels are assessed, and tools are given to manage stress more effectively. Students learn about the sleep cycle and its effect on the brain, understand the causes of insomnia, track their sleep behaviors, and practice getting a better night¿s sleep by using cognitive-behavioral interventions rooted in the latest findings of sleep research. By the end of the course students will be more empowered to work effectively with stress and sleep so they have more clarity, focus, and energy in their day-to-day lives.
Terms: Win | Units: 2 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Chima, A. (PI)

WELLNESS 200: Transformative Technology Intensive: The Future of Wellbeing

Explores the history, current trends, and future speculations on the role that modern technologies play in psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing on an individual and collective scale. From stone tools to mars rovers, technology is a defining human quality. With the same consistency, the search for wellbeing is a fundamental human impulse. In what ways do science and technology support our search for peace and happiness? Because this is a new and evolving idea space, there are no widely established theories or principles to hand down. Instead there are disparate fields from which this course is drawn, including: Contemplative Science, Neurophenomenology, Positive Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, and Brain Stimulation & Neurofeedback (usually psychiatry). Students will play an active role in discussing and developing the core questions, concerns, ethical considerations, and broad implications of technologies that can rapidly shift human consciousness on a massive global scale. Course includes direct interaction with significant technologies and major luminaries in the space.
Terms: Aut, Spr | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

WELLNESS 201: Intro to Wellness: Nutrition, Stress, Movement, and the Body

An introduction to wellness focusing on physical well being and the importance of that in leading a happy and successful life. Topics covered are proper diet and nutrition, exercise, sleep, brain fitness and the concept of flow or engagement. Woven throughout the class will be the need to manage stress and remain productive and centered.
Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Luskin, F. (PI)

WELLNESS 207: Meaningful Work: Creating a Career You Love

Finding work that is meaningful and a career that actualizes one's potential while maximizing success and well-being deepens insights present in research on motivation, meaning, and purpose creation. Philosophical traditions and psychological science converge on the conclusion that meaningful work leads to professional success, positive relationships, and improved health. Develop the theoretical understanding and skills that lead to both reframing current endeavors for enhanced purpose and choose new endeavors with higher meaning, optimizes both future achievement and lasting happiness.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

WELLNESS 208: Behavior Change: Building A Better You

Change behaviors using evidence-based techniques. Addresses habit cycles, procrastination mitigation, productivity enhancement, motivational factors, and addiction and addictive processes (both substances and non-substance related) in changing behavior from maladaptive to adaptive patterns. Draws from neuroscience (Davidson, Siegel) and psychology (Beck, Miller, Rollnick) and employs motivational interviewing, cognitive reframing, peer coaching, and mindfulness meditation models and intervention strategies.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Chima, A. (PI)

WELLNESS 215: Wise Decision Making

Being wise makes us happier and more successful. Our relationships, bodies, health, school, and work can be either stressful or fulfilling. Wisdom skills are practical and effective in these areas, and you can learn how to apply them sooner rather than later. This course will help you develop wisdom through guided practice in skills such as mindfulness, emotional intelligence, cognitive reframing, humility, empathy, gratitude, and courage. Entertaining video clips, quotes, and jokes will supplement our discussions.
Terms: Win | Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Yisrael, D. (PI)
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