Sustainable Happiness
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Sustainable Happiness

Taking Happiness and Well-Being to New Levels
4.8 (6 ratings)
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 20 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Take more control of life choices that bring happiness and well-being to yourself and others
  • Identify actions you can take to bring sustainable happiness to your life
  • Find out what popular views of happiness are missing
  • Understand how every day you have opportunities to enhance your happiness, and to increase happiness and well-being for other people and nature
  • Learn new insights about happiness that take happiness and well-being to new levels
  • Reflect on patterns and habits that may be currently detracting from sustainable happiness
  • Increase your awareness of how “happiness” marketing impacts your well-being
  • Enhance your nature affluence
  • Develop mindful practices that help you to flourish
  • Discover how to connect with exciting organizations worldwide that are bringing sustainable happiness to life through initiatives related to happiness, well-being, or sustainability
  • Develop the capacity to share sustainable happiness with friends and family
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  • A desire to broaden and deepen your learning about happiness and well-being.

Sustainable Happiness  takes you on a journey to discover how you can bring sustainable happiness into your life, how to change patterns and habits that are not beneficial to you, and how to make daily choices that bring greater well-being to your world. A combination of 40 lectures and more than 15 learning applications will bring new insights about how your happiness and well-being are intertwined with other people and our natural environment. Taught by Dr. Catherine O’Brien, professor and author of Education for Sustainable Happiness and Well-Being.

Many courses about happiness focus on individual happiness, but there is so much more to happiness. It’s about you, your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and countless other interconnections. Every day, you are making choices that contribute to (or detract from) your happiness and well-being. We will explore how these choices can lead to greater happiness and well-being for you, for others, and create healthy, livable communities. Sustainable happiness is about sustaining your happiness but it is also about happiness that contributes to the well-being of others and nature.

If you are interested in increasing your life satisfaction, gaining more control over your life choices, being more mindful, and broadening your understanding of happiness and well-being then you will enjoy this course. You will have the greatest benefit from the course if you complete the learning applications that are designed to deepen your learning.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who are interested in taking their understanding of happiness to new levels
  • You want information that is meaningful to your life and helps you to reflect on real life choices that will enhance your happiness
  • You also want to learn how those choices could increase the happiness and well-being of other people
  • You may be curious about how a closer connection with nature can enhance well-being
  • This is a course for people who are ready to take a deeper dive into their understanding of happiness – people who want to understand that happiness can, and does, change the world
  • This is not a conventional course on happiness. It takes you beyond the well-worn path of typical happiness studies.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Section 1: Happiness and Well-Being for All
11 Lectures 36:25
I’m Dr. Catherine O’Brien and I have been working with happiness and well-being for more than two decades. I am an education professor whose passion is fostering well-being for all. I didn’t start out by studying happiness. As you likely know, happiness isn’t a subject that is generally taught in school! However, when I began to look at the research on happiness it struck me that it is important for all of us to understand how this can enrich our lives – how we can take happiness and well-being to new levels. This led me to develop the field of sustainable happiness. I teach a university course on sustainable happiness and I regularly offer workshops to diverse international audiences all over the world.

This course offers a combination of videos and activities that are designed to deepen your learning about sustainable happiness. I encourage you to try the recommended activities to gain the greatest benefits from the video lessons. Each section concludes with a Reflection activity – time for you to pause and reflect on what you have learned before moving on to the following sections. The course begins with some introductory remarks about the origin of sustainable happiness, some highlights from happiness studies and its relevance to our well-being, and then we launch into an exploration of how you can enhance your own happiness and well-being. In Section 2, we begin to build connections between your happiness and the well-being of other people and the natural environment – sustainable happiness. Section 3 is a deeper exploration of sustainable happiness and you will have many opportunities to discover how you can bring sustainable happiness to life. In Section 4 you will encounter more ideas for enhancing sustainable happiness for yourself and others – and how initiatives such as World Happiness Day are celebrating a more sustainable view of happiness. We wrap up on Section 5 with a focus on key lessons learned and how you can continue to activate those lessons going forward.

Preview 02:41

The back-story to sustainable happiness is revealed.

Preview 02:52

How sustainable happiness brings fresh, new insights to happiness, well-being and flourishing.

Lecture 3: Why Sustainable Happiness?

What can a simple cup of coffee teach us? Recognizing your daily choices for bringing sustainable happiness to life.

Preview 02:47

Highlights from positive psychology and how happiness contributes to our well-being.

Preview 04:10

Learning about happiness from the happiest person you know.

Lecture 6: The Happiest Person

What do happy people tell us?

Lecture 7: Lessons from Happy People

Identifying what makes your heart sing!

Lecture 8: Your Happy List

Using the Sustainable Happiness Footprint chart to find new options, possibilities, and ideas for bringing sustainable happiness to life.

Lecture 9: Your Sustainable Happiness Footprint

Take your Happy List to the next level and see how it becomes a Sustainable Happiness List.

Lecture 10: Revisiting your Happy List

Pause and reflect on what you have learned in this section using the resource provided.

Lecture 11: Reflection
Section 2 Your Happiness and Well-Being
9 Lectures 39:27

Discover how gratitude enhances well-being.

Preview 03:33

What is the connection between appreciation and well-being?

Lecture 13: Appreciation

Further lessons in gratitude and appreciation.

Lecture 14: The ‘Invisible People’

Get more out of life with Natural Highs.

Lecture 15: I’ll Be Happy When …

How generosity can increase sustainable happiness and well-being for you and others.

Lecture 16: The Great Circle - Generosity

Try the 5R Tracker to discover how you can bring more sustainable happiness into your life.

Lecture 17: The 4 Rs and Happiness

How genuine wealth can be an antidote to feeling that we constantly need more ‘stuff’ in order to be happy.

Lecture 18: Rx for Affluenza: Genuine Wealth

Compassion, an essential ingredient of sustainable happiness.

Lecture 19: Compassion

Use the resource provided to reflect on key lessons learned in this section.

Lecture 20: Reflection
Section 3 The Big Picture
9 Lectures 30:48

Discover how compassion and interdependence are connected to bringing sustainable happiness to life.

Lecture 21: Understanding Interdependence

Creating your own interdependence map to deepen your learning about sustainable happiness.

Lecture 22: Mapping Your Interdependence

Discover how mindfulness can increase your experience of well-being. Challenge yourself to a media cleanse!

Lecture 23: From Mindless to Mindful

Take charge of what’s consuming you – saving money and living lighter.

Lecture 24: What’s Consuming You

We take a look at how collaborative consumption can save time, money and resources while also increasing sustainable happiness.

Lecture 25: Collaborative Consumption

How are we compelled to possess more stuff and never feel satisfied?

Lecture 26: The Stuff Solution

Who is selling happiness today? The McHappy price tag.

Lecture 27: The McHappy World

What is the Slow movement and what can it teach us about sustainable happiness?

Lecture 28: Slow

Use the resource provided to reflect on key lessons learned in this section.

Lecture 29: Reflection
Section 4 Happy Me, Happy Planet
7 Lectures 23:08

Injecting happiness into the very fabric of our communities.

Lecture 30: A Footprint of Delight

How happy places create a footprint of delight for ourselves and others.

Lecture 31: Delightful Places, Happy Places

Discover how connecting with nature enhances happiness and well-being. Increase your Nature Affluence!

Lecture 32: Nature Affluence

Our daily choices really do make a difference in the world. Here’s a story that shows us how.

Lecture 33: Small Things Lead to Big Changes

The worldwide movements that are endorsing happiness, well-being and sustainability.

Lecture 34: Our Global Village

Learn about the exciting activities associated with World Happiness Day and how you can make a commitment to increase sustainable happiness in the world.

Lecture 35: World Happiness Day

Use the resource provided to reflect on key lessons learned in this section.

Lecture 36: Reflection
Section 5 Your Sustainable Happiness Legacy – Stay Connected
4 Lectures 02:28

Try the Sustainable Happiness Challenge to keep discovering options for increasing sustainable happiness.

Lecture 37: Bringing Sustainable Happiness to Life

A brief introduction to some of the organizations that you may be interested in learning more about, and possibly joining, to keep bringing sustainable happiness to life.

Lecture 38: Getting Connected

Use the Key Lessons Learned resource to reflect on the cumulative impact of the lectures and activities from the course and consider potential next steps for yourself.

Lecture 39: Key Lessons Learned

Parting thoughts and an invitation to share what you have learned about sustainable happiness with others.

Lecture 40: Now It’s Your Turn
About the Instructor
Dr. Catherine O'Brien
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Professor, author of Sustainable Happiness

Dr. Catherine O’Brien created the concept of sustainable happiness more than ten years ago and developed the world’s first university course in sustainable happiness at Cape Breton University, Canada where she is an Associate professor in the education department. One of the aims of sustainable happiness is to foster well-being for all, sustainably. Catherine’s work combines research from positive psychology with sustainability. Essentially, she is exploring how we can have a high quality of life while safeguarding the planet. Through her courses, workshops, and writing she encourages individuals and organizations to identify how their happiness and well-being are interconnected with the well-being of other people and the natural environment.

Catherine is the author of: Education for Sustainable Happiness and Well-being, published by Routledge.