12 steps to happiness virtual course
“12 Steps to Happiness” virtual course
Applications for “12 steps to happiness” virtual course are now open!
Life is just too short and too precious not to be happy. Your days are too valuable to not feel that you are thriving and living life to the fullest.
And it’s not just about feeling positive and perky or happy – science shows us that being happier leads to success in other areas of life. From career to family, happiness makes individuals more creative, open and provides new perspectives on new opportunities.
Yet happiness is sometimes so complex and elusive… can it really be pursued?
In fact… it can! Science of positive psychology figured out what patterns, habits, ways of thinking and behaviors might be inducive to our happiness. Building your own happiness remains an individual journey of exploration, creation, learning and building new habits focused on what makes you happy.
This course will help you in exactly that – make you happy by mapping out your own journey and taking your exploration a step further. The focus will not only be on understanding the causes of happiness but on your learning and the implementation of the skills and approaches that promote happiness in your own life.
What to expect from the course
Goal of Happiness Academy is for you to move forward with your life happier and with habits that foster happiness.
The course will offer you a framework for exploration of your own happiness – a well developed structure through which you will explore all different areas of happiness with a guidance of an experienced instructor experienced and a support of a wonderful small group.
12 Steps to Happiness course by Happiness Academy is:
- based on science of positive psychology and neuroscience
- focused on building habits, reflection on personal causes of our happiness and new ideas/insights
- using proven and successfully tested methods
- dealing with physical, mental, emotional and social aspects that impact our happiness
Curious to know the details of the course? Check out the exact outline of the 12 modules.
What will the course look like
The Happiness Academy virtual course will start on January 11th 2021, and there will be a 2-hour long session every Mondays throughout 12 weeks, finishing at the end of March. 🙂
Through these 12 sessions we’ll be learning through readings, videos and discussions. We will also be focused on practicing new life habits. Building habits will require participants to engage in mandatory pre and post-work between the calls. This course will push you into proactively taking care of your happiness and wellbeing. Each of the modules during these 3 months will focus on one skill or activity proven to make you happier, such as optimism, relationships, meaning, and kindness (see course outline for details).
By going through 12 steps to happiness by Happiness Academy course you will:
- become aware that happiness is something you cultivate and can impact and shape for yourself
- explore what makes you happy in order to better understand your own happiness
- learn science and theory behind happiness and gain new ideas on how to increase own happiness
- develop strong habits of doing things that make you happy
- become happier by implementing the knowledge and habits learnt 🙂
After finishing this course you will move forward with your life happier and with habits that foster happiness.
Important dates, fees and details
Beginning of the course: Mondays, 11th of January 2021.
The course will be running weekly on Mondays at 8pm CET via virtual learning platform, throughout 12 weeks, finishing at the end of March.
How to apply
To apply please click on the link and fill out the application.
Please note that the fee for the course (280 eu) needs to be paid within a week of your application to confirm your spot. The course has highly limited number of spots so make sure to apply in time.
and make your days happier 🙂
“12 Steps to Happiness” course outline
The 12 steps to Happiness course by Happiness Academy will run in 12 weekly modules. Each of them will have a slightly different focus – each of them based on research from different areas of positive psychology and each of them focused on developing a different aspect of an individual’s own happiness and wellbeing. Every week we will spend 2h on one of these topics. Every week we will spend 2h on one of these topics. This course runs once per year with a group of 8 people to make sure the course is interactive and allows each participant to build their own journey to happiness. This will take place via a virtual learning platform, with extra materials to explore on your own between the calls. If you would like to explore the topics of the different modules, have a look below.The 12 steps to happiness by Happiness Academy is a virtual interactive course that covers 12 modules in 12 weeks. Every module will focus on developing a different aspect of individual’s happiness and wellbeing, based on research from different areas of positive psychology. This course will take place via virtual learning platform in a group of 8 people to allow each participant to build their own journey to happiness. Extra materials will be available between the calls.
1. Exploring Happiness
Introduction and course overview. Get to know the 8 participants – be inspired. Participants will share expectations and goals for this course.
Explore what is happiness – the science of happiness, why does happiness matter? What things impact out happiness? Understand the recipe for a happy life.
2. Discovering Presence in Our Lives
What is presence and why does it matter? What is the link between presence and happiness? What is mindfulness? How to be more mindful? Exploring body sensations. Journaling.
Creating a space and environment that supports and facilitates happy habits. Spoiling ourselves.
3. Focusing and Harnessing Positive Emotions
The importance of focus and its impact on happiness. The power of change. Focus on positive emotions. Exploring positive emotions. Zorro circle. Making good habits easy. Gratefulness and loving kindness.
4. Rediscovering Playfulness and Building Flow
Building playful spontaneity.
Positive emotion – joy. Adventures, bucket lists and exploration.
Flow. Passions, being in the moment. Setting and meeting goals.
5. Becoming Your Own Best Friend
Self-compassion – accepting ourselves and treating ourselves as our own best friend. Building self-compassion. Self-compassion meditation.
Forgiveness and self-forgiveness.
META meditation of loving kindness.
6. Mastering Your Thoughts
The gap between thoughts and reality. Locus of control – I decide what story I tell myself. Awareness of own thoughts. Exploring meditation, journaling and self-talk. Techniques to control own thoughts.
“Half-way through the course” checkpoint.
7. Developing Powerful Mindset
Growth mindset and it’s importance. Self-love. Introduction to strengths. Why strengths approach works.
8. Uncovering Your Strengths
The importance of focusing on strengths. What are strengths? What are MY strengths? Applying your strengths. Overusing strengths. Using the environment to support our strengths.
9. Building Resilience
Values and strengths as a foundation for resilience. Equanimity. The power of hope. 4 types of resilience. Presence, mindfulness and appreciation.
Locus of control. Using strengths to build resilience. Values.
10. Living a Meaningful Life
Meaningful goals and contribution. Dreaming big. Life vision. My Best Self. Connecting meaning with own strengths and values. Building resources and symbols for our journey.
11. Connecting with Others
Giving back and love. Random act of kindness. Social connections and Social Network Map. Link of social connections and happiness. Attachment theory. Touch. Romantic relationships. Friendships. Empathy. Gratitude and positive attitude. Vulnerability and social support.
12. Designing Next Steps
Analysing own learning from the course. Looking into journals. Rocking chair. Value revisited. Planning next steps. Pleasure and taking care of ourselves.
The course is based on a wide variety of positive psychology resources and neuroscience – from Seligman’s work, Sonya Lyubomirsky, Barbara Fredrickson, Dan Pink, Dan Gilbert, Barry Schwartz, Daniel Goleman, Richard Davidson, Viktor Frankl, Tal Ben Shahar’s and Shawn Achor, everything from foundation work of recognised authors all the way to the refreshing view of the “new”, young generation. University courses from Dacher Keltner from Berkley and Barbara Fredrickson from North Carolina at Chapel Hill University have also been a wonderful source of highly valuable information.The foundation of the course is a broader context of psychology around happiness and most powerful methods of applying this knowledge – areas of psychology such as emotional intelligence, development of habits, learning of skills, newest findings about how the brain works, different personality traits and a range of different traits of human functioning that all have an impact on our happiness.
Many ideas come from personal stories and experiences – from books that capture experiences such as The Happiness Project (individual, practical approach to one person’s individual quest to be happier) and many more personal stories like Eat pray love or Walking home. Although these stories are not firm references, they are wonderful examples in which we can easily see principles of happiness “applied” and see what worked for these individuals.