Audience: K-12 teachers and administrators
Method: Online course
Duration: 4 weeks
Defining and Increasing Happiness
In western cultures, the words “happiness” and “well-being” are often used in statements of life goals and are referred to in futuristic, unattainable and elusive ways that are difficult to define and even more difficult to achieve. This online professional development course for educators will explore the science and evolution of happiness and well-being as well as the concepts of “purpose” and “meaning” and how we often resist happiness.
In the course, K-12 educators will participate in a self-reflective journey to define personal happiness and well-being by exploring various definitions and models. Participants can expect to take part in activities and reflective exercises that lead to a greater understanding of self and that fosters enhanced personal happiness and well-being.
Participants will be receiving reading materials and video lectures throughout the course. Class discussions will be held online and are asynchronous (no designated, required meeting times).
- Explain the current understanding of happiness and well-being
- Discuss the science and evolution of happiness and well-being
- Practice personal behaviors that have been shown to enhance happiness and well-being
- Develop a personal purpose statement
A Note on Course Credit
This course is not being offered for credit on its own. However, individuals who successfully complete two of the course offerings listed below and then enroll in Creighton’s Integrative Health and Wellness program will be awarded 3 credit hours toward their IHW degree.
- The Resilient Educator: Preventing Teacher Burnout
- Happy Teacher, Happy Classroom: Exploring Happiness for a Life Well Lived
- You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup: Creating a Self-Care Plan
Meet the Instructor
This online course is led by Dr. Amy Cosimano, assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Creighton University. She is a registered nurse and teaches in the Healthy Lifestyle Management undergraduate and Integrative Health and Wellness graduate programs. She has taught at Creighton University for 17 years.
Student interactions and viewpoints are a vital part of our rich learning environment. For this reason, Creighton reserves the right to cancel courses and issue refunds in the case of low registration numbers.