The Science of Happiness

I’m skipping out on this week’s WIAW (shocker because I usually adore a reason to share my food pictures) but there was one problem.  I forgot to take any pictures.  Since we drove back to school on Monday, I’ve been in a daze and had some trouble shifting the days back.  But, yesterday marked the LAST first day of school in my undergraduate career.  Now that we can move past that monumental event, I’ll share a bit of what I did.

I only have one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I think it just might be my favorite class.  It’s a communication class and it’s called the Science of Happiness.  How neat is that?  I am a sucker for overthinking, overanalyzing, and just plain over-doing it.  I probably have a mean case of the social comparison 😉 but don’t we all.  Harvard offers a similar course and there is usually a 500 person wait list.  Yikes! This is the first time that it is offered at our school and I’m oh so grateful I was able to sign up.  We talked about everything from what makes certain people happy, is it short term, long term, social comparison, material goods, tragedies, winning the lottery, etc.  Maybe by the end it will teach me a thing or two.


My teacher, Professor Sunwolf, is a vibrant woman, very enthusiastic about the subject, and had a great sense of humor.  She even printed our syllabi in color with various sun objects.  Our first assignment was to create a cognitive map diagram of what makes us happy.  We could make a collage, add color, etc. and as you can see, I enjoyed the task thoroughly.  I would have like to make a collage but recycled all my old magazines.


There wasn’t much else to the day besides grocery shopping (fridge is now filled with fruits, veggies, and nut butter), textbook shopping (yay for expensive course books), and a senior event that taught us about “City Living.”  Really it was a way to get a couple of slices of cheap pizza, a glass of wine, and the ability to hear recent alums talk about living in San Francisco, which didn’t really help me.  Oh well, I’ve decided to keep this quarter positive, make the most of the events offered, and just keep moving forward.  You never know what happens if you don’t try, right?

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
– Marie Curie


18 thoughts on “The Science of Happiness

  1. I AM SO JEALOUS that you’re almost done with school!!! You should do a little recap about some the of more meaningful lessons you’ve learned! Enjoy your last quarter and I’ll be sitting here like a green eyed monster 🙂

  2. What a GREAT way to start your last quarter! I feel like that is an awesome class to take especially at this point in your life, since the real world is not too far away. Have you ever watched the documentary Happy? I feel like its something you might watch in that class 🙂

  3. That class sounds like the bomb!! I love making collages so I would totally do that. I recycle all my old magazines too, but I always rip out my favorite pages and save them.

  4. Wow that class sounds so great! I want to take it!
    It will probably be very interesting to see the causes and effects to people’s happiness.

  5. Ooh that sounds super interesting!! You’re so fortunate to get to take a class like that! oooh new fruits, veggies, and nut butter sounds awesome, too! Always a win for me. 🙂

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