Beyond Mental Health: The Science of Well-Being

May 3, 2021

Please note: Well-Being Tips of the Week will be on a brief haitus for the summer of 2021. Stay tuned next fall for more well-being tips, classes, resources, events and more! 

Please also join us as we extend our sincerest thanks to Dr. Tay and the entire Research Collaborative for these helpful tips and insights that we have all enjoyed this past academic year!

Louis Tay

If you have enjoyed learning about different well-being tips, what about taking a course on well-being this Fall 2021?

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 9:00am - 10:15am
Location: WALC B074

This course seeks to provide a scientific and psychological account of well-being - its definition, determinants, and outcomes. We address questions such as: How do we go about measuring happiness? Can happiness enhance longevity and health? What interventions can promote happiness? What types of societies are happier? This course will engage and challenge you intellectually and experientially as we work on enhancing happiness in our lives and in the lives of others around us.

The course will introduce you to the science of well-being and provide an opportunity to experience and empirically test positive psychology exercises. Through lectures, in-class demonstrations, exercises, readings, and hands-on outside class exercises, those completing the course should be able to:

(1) Outline the history of well-being research to its present-day incarnation
(2) Identify the key antecedents of well-being
(3) Distinguish the different scientific theories of well-being
(4) Understand the positive outcomes of happiness for individuals and societies
(5) Appreciate the scientific process of studying well-being (data collection, research design, confounds)
(6) Apply positive psychology exercises in their lives
(7) Find resources on campus to promote mental health and well-being

By understanding happiness and practicing positive psychology exercises, I hope that you (and those around you) will make choices that lead to happier lives.

Be well,

Dr. Louis Tay

Tay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. He has expertise in well-being, assessments, and data science.  Be sure to check back each week for another wellness tip of the week!

Visit this page to learn more about members of the Research Collaborative

Well-Being   Resources:

Office of the Dean of Students, Student Support Services

Counseling and Psychological Services

Virtual Student Life


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