Two groundbreaking findings have emerged recently from Positive Psychology. First, sustainable happiness is a cause, not merely a consequence of success. Second, sustainable happiness is a skill set that can be learned. Just like any skill, happiness skills can be learned and solidified into habits with intentional, systematic practice over an extended period of time.
"This is one of the best and most valuable courses I have taken. It is very informational and practical. Thank you." -A student's comments from Choosing Happiness course 2007
"I enjoyed your class so much, it helped me a lot and I've been able to give my friends and family advice from the class as well! That was the best use of $300 I've experienced in a very long time!" - J.H.
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Strategic Happiness: How to attain peak performance and fulfillment at work.
Thirty years of Gallup surveys have found that the most successful companies are ones whose employees believe they get to do what they do best every day. (Only one-third of working people do.) A decade of research suggests that happiness at work—defined as pleasure, engagement, and a sense of meaning—can improve revenue, profitability, staff retention, customer loyalty, and workplace safety. Many of the studies are preliminary, but they strongly suggest that positive emotion increases creativity and problem-solving ability and aids in fighting stress.
People can take control of certain actions that will make them happier for a time, such as setting appropriate goals. They can add gratitude, hope, and a dose of self-control to each working day. And it's clear that happy bosses perform measurably better, building productive teams and inspiring loyalty.
Shift: Self-Coaching for Happiness
Happy people don’t just feel better—they do better than less-happy individuals. Research shows they achieve greater success and wealth, are healthier, are more altruistic, and have more satisfying relationships. The keys to happiness are within everyone’s reach—because the keys are actually habits. In this workshop, participants learn happiness-enhancing habits that will help them improve responses to stress and opportunities at work, at home, and in relationships. The tools presented are derived from research in the innovative field of positive psychology, the science of well-being. The course text will be Self-Coaching for Happiness, written by Laura Delizonna and Ted Anstedt and includes case examples, summaries of scientific findings, action plans, and weekly practices. Participants will apply these principles to their daily personal and professional lives and engage in discussions, mindfulness practices, and experiential exercises.
Emotional Intelligence: The secret to great relationships, strong leadership and charisma.
What is the skill set underlying happiness, success, and overall well-being? Research shows that emotional intelligence, which is defined as being self aware and skillful in managing emotions, leads to benefits in a variety of life domains. Emotionally intelligent people tend to have satisfying relationships, manage stress well, and excel in school and at work. Emotional intelligence predicts professional success more than IQ or experience. It is related to confidence, charisma, optimism, and resiliency. Most important, emotional intelligence can be learned.
You can build the skills of emotional intelligence. In this workshop, participants improve their ability to understand and manage emotions, change counterproductive thinking patterns, and leverage strengths. Everyone will receive a handbook, written by Laura Delizonna and Ted Anstedt, on how to build and apply these skills at work, at home, and in relationships. Activities will include self-assessment, experiential exercises, mindfulness practices, and working with personal scenarios.
Enhancing Social Intelligence
What is behind great relationships, strong leadership, and personal magnetism? Are these qualities based on fixed traits or are they skills that can be learned? Researchers show that people who excel at work, in leadership positions, and in relationships tend to be high in social intelligence. Social intelligence is a skill set that can be learned. It involves the ability to read nonverbal cues, understand another's mental state, and influence and manage relationships.
This workshop helps participants assess and build the skills of social intelligence. Participants will learn how to use emotional intelligence to improve close relationships and communication skills, build a team, motivate others, and engage in successful negotiations and conflict management. The emphasis is on applying these skills at work, at home, and in relationships. Activities will include self-assessment, experiential exercises including meditation practices, and working with personal scenarios.
Harness the power of your mind to transform your life. Neuroscience proves that mindfulness meditation can change your brain. Scientifically-based techniques based in western interpretations of mindfulness will help you live your life more fully. These practical techniques will help you break free from limiting mindsets, become more present, increase moment-to-moment awareness and become more enthusiastic in life. Learn how to improve your mood, performance and attention by focusing your mind.