The Psychology of Happiness

Psychologist Michael Winters, Ph.D., explores what we can learn from ancient philosophers and modern scientists about how to experience greater happiness and other positive emotions.

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What is happiness? How can we bring more of it to our lives? What can we learn from ancient philosophers and modern scientists about how to flourish and experience greater happiness, joy, gratitude, contentment, compassion and other positive emotions, even in difficult circumstances? Psychologist Michael Winters, Ph.D., explores these questions and considers other pathways to a meaningful life, in addition to seeking happiness. Sharing research and specific strategies for understanding and enhancing personal well-being, this class integrates lectures, discussion, journaling and interactive activities.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1649.S18.1 Michael Winters On-campus 1–2:30 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2018

Instructor: Michael Winters

Michael Winters, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Houston, former director of the Rice University Counseling Center and a frequent presenter at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. He is a diplomate in logotherapy—a meaning-centered psychotherapy—and has taught at Rice University, Purdue University, the University of Houston and other higher-education institutions.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Feb. 26, 2018

End Date: March 26, 2018

Schedule: 1–2:30 p.m.

Length: Five Mondays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $175

Early Registration: $165 if registering before Feb. 12

Rice Alumni: $158

CEUs: 0.75

This course is offered for educational purposes only. Please consult with the professional of your choosing if you are seeking specific therapeutic advice.

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