Ten Steps to Positive Psychology and Optimal Well-Being

Positive Psychology is revolutionizing how we experience happiness. Research-based and heart-opening, the tools and practices of this cutting-edge science have infused the lives and careers of thousands of people around the world with greater joy and meaning. Engage brain, body, and heart with a powerful combination of intellectual rigor, authentic connection, and physical expression—and find out what it’s like to have an embodied experience of whole-person well-being.

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, has developed a Whole-Person Positive Psychology course. You’ll learn to bring about lasting change in yourself and in organizations, create healthy personal and professional relationships, build positive emotions and the resilience to deal with painful ones and develop grounded optimism as you reach towards your ideal self.

The course uses the SPIRE methodology for whole-person happiness—a pioneering approach that considers all aspects of your life: Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Relational and Emotional.

Whether you want to improve your home life, better your workplace, grow personally or professionally, or start a new career, the Certificate in Positive Psychology offers you in-depth study, world-class faculty, and transformative experiences. Across the course you will be teach about:

  1. Positive Psychology

Students are exposed to the theoretical and practical implications of a positive focus; the positivity ratio; dealing with painful emotions through acceptance, gratitude and appreciation; and attaining lasting change.

  1. Onsite Immersion

The onsite schedule includes didactic lectures, reflective/introspective exercises such as meditation and journaling, connected learning through small groups or dyads, and optional movement breaks such as yoga.

  1. What is Happiness?

This module begins by defining happiness as the overall experience of meaning and pleasure. Students are then introduced to the theory and practice of leading a happy life, one that combines positive emotions and a sense of purpose.

  1. Realizing Dreams

We all have dreams and aspirations, however most people’s dreams remain unrealized. This module looks at how we can cultivate the seed of hope and help it flourish. Topics covered include beliefs as self- fulfilling prophecies, setting goals, focusing on personal strengths, and learning from failure.

  1. Change

In this module—drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and techniques spanning the ABCs of psychology (affect, behavior, cognition)—students learn how to bring about personal and organizational change that lasts.

  1. Mind-Body Connection

This module introduces well- researched and thoroughly validated tools and techniques that can enhance the quality of our lives. Topics include mindfulness meditation, physical exercise, nutrition, sleep, and human touch.

  1. Relationships

This module attempts to distinguish between myths and facts in the realm of relationships—whether between lovers, friends, family members, as well as teachers and students.

  1. Coaching

This module, while drawing on the strengths- based approach as well as solution-focused and evidence- based coaching, looks at a process to help individuals and organizations realize their goals and fulfill their potential.

  1. Choice & Co-Creating Reality

Whether major choices such as deciding on the kind of work we want to pursue or the kind of person we want to spend our lives with, to minor choices such as the physical posture we choose to assume when walking into a room or the way we respond to a request from a colleague. It is through these choices—major and minor—that we become co- creators of our reality.

  1. Onsite Immersion

In this final module, participants move from students to teachers. By synthesizing and summarizing what is personally most compelling about positive psychology via the final project, and presenting to a small group of peers, this module emphasizes the concept of serving it forward—sharing with others key lessons learned.

The course is directed to coaches, leaders, teachers, health professionals, social workers, psychologists, and anyone who wants to make tomorrow a little bit better than today.


To learn more about this course visit the Wholebeing Institute