The Happiness Course

Everyone wants to be happy!

But… what exactly is happiness, and what enables us to grow in it?
Is happiness really what we should aim for, or does it come as aby-product of something deeper?
Some people seem naturally happy; others are apparently programmed to be grumpy!
So is there any point trying to change?
What affects our wellbeing and can we bring any change at all?

These (and many other) questions are explored in ‘The How of Happiness’ course. It comes in four sessions:

1. A Happy life: what makes us happy, and can we get happier?
2. A Successful life: what exactly constitutes a ‘Good Life’? How can we discover it?
3. A Relational life: are relationships important? Why (not)?
4. A Meaningful life: can we know purpose and meaning, and do they matter?

The course takes people on a journey from the starting point of “what makes you happy?” and “what is happiness anyway?”, through issues of a “successful life” and the importance of relationships, on to deeper questions about the meaning of life! Using a number of source materials, including a relatively recent branch of psychology, called Positive Psychology, the course is fashioned around the 3 levels of wellbeing or happiness…

Pleasure: material, senses Engagement: job, relationships
Meaning: something bigger than these other things…

What people have said about the course:
“Great – a fascinating, interesting, informative, meaningful course. It gave me more light and direction”
“It has opened my eyes to things which I never thought of as consistent with happiness before”
“It was very deep and got me thinking a lot about future decisions. Thank you!”
“Really opened my eyes to think about certain aspects of life”
“I will be more aware of my personal choices”
“It made a very big difference. I’ll think more carefully about the decisions that I make ”

For information on the next ‘The How of Happiness’ course please contact the church.