Course Description

Module 01: Biology of Happiness

A common belief is that happiness is dependent on situational and external factors. However, a relatively new field of psychology called Positive Psychology asks the question, "what is working" instead of what is your problem or diagnosis. In this new paradigm it has been researched and proven that we can take control of our individual happiness by maximizing "positivity boosters" and decreasing "negativity enablers". There are specific intentional activities and behaviors that one can integrate that will increase your Positivity Ratio and thereby your overall wellbeing.

Essential questions:

What is the history of Positive Psychology? What is the definition of happiness? Do you have control over your happiness? Are there research based strategies that one can adopt to increase happiness? How much effort does it take to increase the ratio of positive emotions?

Knowledges that you will develop in Module 1:

  • What is positive psychology, who developed it and why is it important?
  • What is happiness and do you have any control over it?
  • Genetic 50%, Intentional activities 40% and environment 10%
  • What are the research based intentional behavior activities that increase the 40% of happiness that you have control over?
  • What is the positivity ratio and how do we use it?

Módulo 01: Ciencia de la Felicidad

Una creencia común es que la felicidad depende de factores situacionales y externos. Sin embargo, un campo relativamente nuevo de la psicología llamada psicología positiva hace la pregunta, "¿qué está funcionando?" en vez de ¿cuál es el problema o diagnostico? En este nuevo paradigma se ha investigado y ha demostrado que podemos tomar el control de nuestra felicidad individual maximizando los "impulsores de positividad" y disminuyendo los "facilitadores de negatividad". Por ello, hay actividades específicas intencionales y comportamientos que uno puede desarrollar y que aumentarán la positividad y, por tanto, el bienestar general.

Preguntas Esenciales:

¿Cuál es la historia de la Psicología Positiva? ¿Cuál es la definición de felicidad? ¿Tienes control sobre tu felicidad? ¿Hay estrategias basadas en la investigación que uno puede adoptar para aumentar la felicidad? ¿Cuánto esfuerzo se necesita para aumentar las emociones positivas?

Conocimientos a desarrollar en el Módulo 1:

  • ¿Qué es la psicología positiva, quién la desarrolló y por qué es importante?
  • ¿Qué es la felicidad? ¿Se tiene algún control sobre ella?
  • La felicidad está determinada por: Genética 50%, Actividades intencionales 40% y medio ambiente 10%
  • ¿Cuáles son las actividades intencionales basadas en la investigación que aumentan el 40% de felicidad que podemos controlar?
  • ¿Cuál es la relación de positividad y cómo la usamos?

Senior Instructors

Dr. Mary E. Sanders & Eric B. Hamilton

Dr. Mary E. Sanders and Eric B. Hamilton have combined their strengths to develop a unique, research-based program for schools, teachers, and students to increase wellbeing and happiness. To create our curriculum, we have curated the findings of Dr. Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., among other leading positive psychology experts, into practical strategies that can be integrated into teachers’ personal lives, as well as their classrooms, enabling teachers and students to thrive.ERIC B. HAMILTONEric B. Hamilton is a veteran director for international schools around the world. Eric has spent his entire career enabling schools to be happier, more compassionate environments where both students and teachers thrive. His extensive experience in curriculum development and school leadership have enabled him and Mary to develop their courses using the most contemporary and research-based pedagogical methods.Eric has over 25 years experience in education as a teacher and leader. He attended the University of Delaware where he earned his B.S. in elementary education and middle school math. Later, he completed the master’s program at the University of Colorado in curriculum and instruction. He has been a dedicated practitioner of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga for the past 10 years.MARY E. SANDERSDr. Mary E. Sanders has been involved in the world of positive psychology, health, and wellness for more than 20 years. With certifications from the Wholebeing Institute in Positive Psychology and as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner, she is highly qualified to lead teachers towards happier, more holistic classrooms.Dr. Sanders attended Eastern Illinois University and earned her B.S. in zoology and chemistry. She then attended Logan College of Chiropractic to earn her doctorate in chiropractic. Dr. Sanders is a certified yoga Instructor and has been a mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practitioner of over 25 years.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Week 1: Science and Benefits of Positive Psychology

    • Mindful Attention Awareness Survey

    • Week 1: Science and Benefits of Positive Psychology

    • Martin Seligman: The New Era of Positive Psychology

    • What is Positive Psychology?

    • Discussion: How pleasant, engaging, and/or meaningful is your life?

    • The 12 Psychologists Who Have Changed The Way We Teach

    • Quiz Week 1

  • 3

    Week 2: Personal Transformation Towards Happiness

    • ¿Qué tan feliz eres?

    • Sonja Lyubomirsky: Subjective Happiness Scale

    • Definition of Happiness

    • Tal Ben Shahar: Happiness 101

    • Matthieu Ricard: The Habits of Happiness

    • Discussion: Definitions of Happiness

    • Quiz Week 2 / Quiz Semana 2

  • 4

    Week 3: Intentional Activities

    • Introduction to Intentional Activities to Increase Happiness

    • Sonja Lyubomirsky: The Science of Happiness

    • Discussion: Intentional Activities in Education

    • Quiz Week 3

  • 5

    Submit your Final Project - Lesson Plan & Evidences (due Week 4)

    • Aviva Lesson Plan Description

    • EXAMPLES of Classroom Projects in the Aviva Lesson Plans Templates

    • Aviva Lesson Plan Blank Template

    • Upload your files here!

  • 6

    Week 4: Positivity Ratio

    • Introduction to Positivity Ratio

    • Barbara Fredrickson: The Positivity Ratio

    • Discussion: Increasing Positive Emotions in the Classroom

    • OPTIONAL Suggested Reading: Three Ratios to Improve Classroom Success by Dave Levin

    • Quiz Week 4

  • 7

    Rate and Review the Course

    • Rate and Review this Module

  • 8

    References and Research Articles

    • References and Research Articles used in Module 1


5 star rating

Module 1 Review

Diane Sisson

This training was conveniently packaged and extremely user friendly. As a counselor I apply many of these theories in my work but I have struggled to apply ...

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This training was conveniently packaged and extremely user friendly. As a counselor I apply many of these theories in my work but I have struggled to apply this to the classroom. This module helped me to see how I can adapt my practice into positive classroom experiences for my students.

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