PSYC34H3: The Psychology of Happiness and Meaning

The philosopher Aristotle proposed long ago that a good life consists of two core elements: happiness (hedonia) and a sense of meaning (eudaimonia). What is happiness and meaning, and how do they relate to psychological wellbeing? How do these desired states or traits change across life, and can they be developed with specific interventions? What roles do self-perception and social relationships play in these phenomena? We will focus on the conceptual, methodological, and philosophical issues underlying these questions.

PSYB10H3 and PSYB30H3 and [(PSYB01H3) or {PSYB04H3) or PSYB70H3] and [PSYB07H3 or STAB22H3 or STAB23H3]
PSY336H1, PSY324H5
100; Priority will be given to students in the Specialist/Specialist Co-op and Major programs in Psychology and Mental Health Studies. Students in the Minor program in Psychology will be admitted as space permits.
Social and Behavioural Sciences