Evidence-based practices for wellbeing


This course is an elective aimed at providing students with scientific knowledge on well-being as well as expose them to scientifically-backed practices that increase well-being.
The purpose of this course is equip students with fundamental concepts of well-being drawn from diverse scientific sources such as psychology, behavioral economics, consumer behavior and organizational behavior. With this knowledge, students should apply it to their personal and professional lives, and enhancing their self-understanding. Students should practice evidence-based techniques for fostering
well-being within themselves and the people and groups around them. This course aims to impact through empowering individuals to live a –more fulfilling and meaningful – good life. In a very interactive and participative format, the course will have discussions, readings, short essays and experiential learning in a diverse and respectful environment.

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Responsible teacher

Sofia Kousi, Samantha Sim


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No purchase of textbook will be required. Selected chapters from Nobaproject (a free psychology textbook); and selected readings from academic journals and online webpages will be used

Teaching method

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used in this course: lectures, educational videos, in- class exercises and other experiential learning exercises, weekly reflections, guest speakers, as well as presentations on group work.

Evaluation method

Development of a practical intervention for well-being    40%
Essays/reflections on weekly exercises (best 5 out of 6)    30%
Final exam    30%
Bonus: Research Participation    Max. +0.4 to the final grade over 20

Subject matter

Topics include the following:
•    Definition and measurement of well-being (nature, nurture, sustainability of well-being)
•    Types of well-being (eudaimonia, purpose, meaning, flourishing), and benefits
•    Happiness worldwide and indices of well-being
•    The biology and circumstances of well-being (personality, demographics, culture)
•    Actions for well-being – individual (lifestyle, mindfulness, self-compassion)
•    Actions for well-being – involvement of others (gratitude, social connection)
•    Negative emotions and resilience
•    Consumption and well-being (income, materialism, thrift, experiential consumption, savoring)
•    Work and well-being (job performance, engagement, counter-productive work behaviors, authenticity, meaningful work, thriving, life and job satisfaction)
•    Evaluation of the effectiveness of well-being interventions


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