Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness

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Amherst College

Catherine Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor and former Chair of Psychology at Amherst College and is often cited as the school’s most popular professor. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She has published over 25 journal articles in addition to three college textbooks. In 2012, she was named one of the country’s “Top 300 Professors” by the Princeton Review.




The Science of Happiness: What Makes Us Happy?

Happiness has been in the news quite a bit lately. The UN released a “Happiness Report” rating nearly 200 countries, which found that the world’s happiest people live in Northern Europe (Denmark, Norway, Finland, and the Netherlands). The US ranked 11th. The report’s conclusion affirmatively states that happiness has predictable causes and is correlated specifically to various measures that governments can regulate and encourage. And there’s more. A new AARP study looks at how Americans feel – and what factors contribute to their sense of contentment. It concludes that nearly 50% of us are “somewhat happy” and another 19% are “very happy.” 

Professor Catherine Sanderson’s Positive Psychology Course

What role do money, IQ, marriage, friends, children, weather, and religion play in making us feel happier? Is happiness stable over time? How can happiness be increased? In Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness, Professor Sanderson will describe cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology on the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness, and provide practical (and relatively easy!) ways to increase your own psychological well-being.

Purchase Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness today!

For more positive psychology courses and lectures by Catherine Sanderson, check out ‘Why Some People are Resilient, and Other Are Not’, ‘Merely Bystanders: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction’ & more on demand now! 



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Insightful and helpful

She is the great lecturer. and she has a gift of providing necessary information in clear and entertaining manner. Highly recommend. I enjoyed so much that hour passed like 10 min.

3 years ago
Ashley Boyd

great help with this topic

I enjoy the one. it have a lot of info and tips at the end. the talk of happness was life changing. The topic help a lot then I need it. great topic.

2 years ago
barbara ann.fields

Just what I Needed!

I am going to start my gratitude journal and continue to meditate. I will get out more in nature because there are those who can’t get out at all. Even with my disability I am blessed because I am still breathing after suffering with MS for over 50 years. I am Most happy to be alive and I will venture out to travel when the weather warms again. Thanks for sharing your hope and happiness.

2 years ago
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