Fall semester topics

Understanding of joy and happiness (investigating this vast topic through greatfulness)

How is the connection between happiness and gratefulness? Many people would say, well, that's very easy. When you are happy, you are grateful. But think again. Is it really the happy people that are grateful? We all know quite a number of people who have everything that it would take to be happy, and they are not happy, because they want something else or they want more of the same. And we all know people who have lots of misfortune, misfortune that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy. They radiate happiness. You are surprised. Why? Because they are grateful. So it is not happiness that makes us grateful. It's gratefulness that makes us happy. If you think it's happiness that makes you grateful, think again. It's gratefulness that makes you happy. (David Steindl-Rast)

  • Motivating traumas - Emmy Werner resilience research material
  • Mindful self-compassion
  • Philip Zimbardo - Heroic Imagination Project
  • Recommended books

    Neff, K.Self-compassion: Stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind. New York, NY: William Morrow. 2011.
    Richard Rohr: Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go, 2004.
    Rollo May: Man's Search for Himself, 2009.
    Viktor E. Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning, 2006.

    Additional web resources