Positive Psychology: The Science of Flourishing
Dr. Pulkit Khanna
There is a difference between struggling to face the world every morning and enthusiastically kick starting the day, between ‘existing’ and ‘living’. Most of us have wished to be happier and better versions of ourselves at some point or the other. If you have ever wanted to explore what is good about you and how to make it better, there is reason to rejoice. Positive psychology is the scientific study of what enables people to live ‘full’ lives. This course is centered on the science of thriving, addressing questions such as what it means to be ‘happy’. This course is designed to enable students to recognize the positive aspects of human life and understand psychological health and happiness beyond the mere absence of disease or infirmity. Students will be introduced to a brief historical background of the emergence and growth of positive psychology and its main goals, as we understand them today. The focus will be on exposing learners to a theoretical understanding as well as practical applications of fundamental concepts such as positive emotions, happiness, well-being, and character strengths. Contemporary trends from research and practice in this rapidly growing field will be included in classroom discussions. The underlying aim of this course shall be to familiarize learners with an appreciation of the science of happiness and flourishing, as also to acquire basic skills to boost individual and collective well-being.