Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A21. The Psychology of Happiness and Well-being

How can we make our lives meaningful and fulfilling? What are the strengths and virtues that enable us to thrive, rather than just survive? Integrating knowledge acquisition and personal growth, this course will provide an overview of the emerging field of Positive Psychology. We will study psychological research about subjective well-being, personal strengths, intrinsic motivation, goal setting, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, mindfulness, and optimism. We will engage in interactive experiential learning exercises that will complement the learning. You will apply what you learn to improve your own life and increase your sense of personal fulfillment.

Bianca Cody MurphyBianca Cody Murphy
Professor of Psychology