I’m very excited to be teaching Positive Psychology once more at the Expat Learning Center: last spring’s course was a really great experience. From the student feedback at the end, they really learned a lot from the course – as did I from them! I’m very much looking forward to teaching it again.

Here’s a brief description:

“The field of positive psychology 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.  It is the scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and everything in between.  It is a new and exciting approach within psychology that examines what makes life most worth living.  Everyone’s life has peaks and valleys, and positive psychology does not deny the valleys.  Perhaps its most important premise is the following: what is good about life is as true and important as what is bad and, therefore, it deserves equal attention from psychologists.  Positive psychology is one the most-effective psychological approaches being utilized today.  This course will delve into positive experiences such as pleasure and flow, positive traits such as character strengths, values, and talents, the social institutions that enable us, and an exploration of recent discoveries in the field.  Every lesson contains a discussion of the concepts as well as exercises that illustrate them in thought-provoking ways.  The goal of positive psychology is to identify and enhance the human strengths and virtues that make up “The good life” and to enable individuals and communities to thrive.  In the last half-century, psychology has largely focused on decreasing maladaptive emotions and behaviors, while ignoring optimal functioning (e.g., happiness and life satisfaction).  Positive psychology seeks to balance the scales, and this course is designed to explore the research, concepts, techniques, and exercises that enhance well-being.  The format of the course will be a mixture of lecture and interactive activities.”

For more information or to enroll, please go to: www.shanghai-classes.com