Positive Psychology and Being Happy

Fridays, 09/28/2018 10:30 - 12:30 a.m.

Fridays, September 28 – November 2, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

It is a natural human tendency to focus on what is wrong. It is a discipline to focus in on what works. Positive Psychology was introduced as a recognized field of study with a body of research in 1998. It is the scientific study of how individuals and societies thrive.

This course presents both the research and experiential practice of what works to cultivate a positive psychology. It is a course for anyone interested in deepening their understanding and commitment to what William James has called “healthy mindedness”.

The Marsh is thrilled to welcome Debbie Cohen as the instructor of this course.

Debbie was part of the teaching team in what was Harvard University’s largest undergraduate to date (in 2006), Psychology 1504: Positive Psychology. Throughout her 25-year career as a teacher and researcher, her work has explored how best to govern attention, how to bring it to what works vs. what is wrong. Her work has included school teaching and administration, lecturing, curriculum development, and running a yoga program in the Boston Public Schools. New to Minnesota, she is part of the teaching team at 1,000 Petals both in the schools and at United Hospital’s psychiatric units and is now working with the Psychiatry Department at the University of Minnesota. Debbie is also a registered yoga teacher and has been teaching hatha yoga since 1996. Deborah has both a bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s in education from Harvard University, and a masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught Positive Psychology with Tal Ben-Shahar at Harvard University and at Kripalu Yoga Center.

Instructors: Debbie Cohen and Liz Anema.

Register online or by calling 952-935-2202. $196/$230 for six-week series.