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The Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness is a 5-week online course, giving you the science and skills to aim towards your highest and best. With live weekly webinars and two recorded video lessons each week, you’ll gain knowledge about what the research has shown works for optimal human living, and then practice applying it within the ecosystem of you.
May 15–June 16, 2017
Live webinars held every Thursday at 7:00 pm ET
(recorded for replay)
Note: This is Module 1, a prerequisite to the yearlong certification course opening this summer.
This course introduces key principles from the diverse sciences of optimal human functioning, including positive psychology, neurobiology, and the social and behavioral sciences. The research is integrated through the SPIRE model of well-being. Students are introduced to the concept of aiming towards an ideal self, the advantages of a positive focus, the five perspectives of well-being, how to engage character strengths and appreciation, and using the evidence-based tools to make lasting change.
Note: This Module 1 course is a prerequisite to the yearlong certification course. All are welcome to take this course even if not enrolled in the yearlong program.
Objectives and Outcomes
- Understand the key principles of positive psychology
- Practice new perspectives—and learn how changing our mindset can be a leverage point for positive impact
- Apply the SPIRE model of well-being to increase appreciation for and application of a multifaceted view of thriving
- Focus attention towards the positive for more creativity, motivation, health, and overall success
- Integrate the personal learning by constructing a narrative that aims towards the ideal self
Who This Is for
From day one, you’ll get actionable, down-to-earth video lessons that help you aim higher—for more happiness, resilience, joy, and connection that you can apply in your own life and in your work as a coach, consultant, therapist, or any other role you play in life.
For those enrolling in the year long certification, this is Module 1, a prerequisite course.
In the weekly video lessons and homework, you’ll get stories, science, and personal examples, plus worksheets and exercises so you can apply what you’re learning. You’ll have time to reflect, to inquire within through writing and journaling with the aid of prompts—going deeper into what each aspect of wholebeing happiness means to you personally or professionally.
Along with the video lessons, you’ll be invited to live weekly webinars. You can ask your questions, connect with faculty and peers, and dive deeper into the material.
Your week looks like this:
Monday: Video lecture
Tuesday: Exercise to apply what you’ve learned
Wednesday: Video lecture
Thursday: Live webinar
Friday: Exercise to apply what you’ve learned, posting in forum
As you can see, the course is designed so that you not only take in information, you also use it as a catalyst for transformation.
That’s the intent of this course—transformation.
You’ll have two lessons each week, along with one live webinar. Use this course calendar to plan your schedule. Here’s the overview of each lesson:
In Lesson 1, you’ll learn about the happiness set point—our habitual way of falling back into our comfortable emotional level, and how we can lift that happiness level over time through our choices and actions. What we say yes to is important. You’ll also begin to see, understand, and make sense of the many different, sometimes conflicting voices or selves within us. You’ll play with the notion of aiming towards your “ideal self,” the aspirational vision you hold for yourself.
Lesson 2 is all about the five perspectives of well-being, and how to paint your masterpiece of life using all five. You’ll also learn how to learn—the practice we use to make sure lessons are not just superficially understood, but deeply taken in.
Lesson 3 is usually a game-changer for students. You’ll learn about putting your strengths front and center. And, in case you don’t know your own strengths, we’ll give you a tool for identifying what enlivens and energizes you—your personal power.
Lesson 4 helps you understand why positive emotions matter, and how our view of the world is shaped by the emotional lens we’re looking through.
Lesson 5 covers the importance of paying attention, and how that focus can help build meaning and purpose in life.
Lesson 6 is all about relationships. You’ll learn about the power of appreciation, of noticing what is working well in your connections with the people who are most important to you.
Lesson 7 and 8 are about the physical body—how to take care of it and how to align body and mind.
Lesson 9 is about fostering and following curiosity, using an open, engaged mind to stay connected to learning and growth.
Lesson 10 weaves it all together as you create a plan for a 30-Day Practice that serves you after the course is over.
This course is about lasting change and continual movement in a positive direction —and a quicker recovery if you get off track (and we all do!).
Your course material is housed in the virtual classroom, a password-protected area where students watch the videos, connect on the forum, and get information on all course-related material, including connecting on the live events.
Wholebeing Institute uses state-of-the-art webinar technology that allows you to see the faculty via video during the weekly live events. The user-friendly technology is easy to connect to, through your computer or your mobile device. Recordings will be posted following each session for students who are unable to join live or would like to review the material again.
Need help navigating the online educational experience? Our student support manager and technology team are here to foster your positive learning environment.