Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has launched a new interesting course called the Happiness Course as part of the core requirements of its Public Health program across campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
The course, ‘ Introduction to Happiness and Positive Psychology’ will to focus on the definition of happiness, positive psychology, principles of positive psychology and happiness, as well as on positive psychology strategies and the practical application of happiness. Furthermore it will emphasize on positive psychology with stress on the optimistic side of human nature and the most effective ways for individuals to thrive and achieve their potential.
Dr Deena Elsori, head of department of Applied Sciences and Mathematics at ADU, said: “The Happiness Course is a fruitful outcome of several rigorous workshops and training programs for our faculty members on the concept and notion of happiness. Faculty members participating in the training sessions examined ways to develop individual happiness, understand the fundamentals of positive psychology, and how to transfer this learning into their roles as educators. We are confident that this first-of-its-kind course will help our students focus better on their individual well-being.”
ADU student Ghaid Mari Ghazi, said: “I opted to enroll for this course as I am keen to learn how to live in the moment, stay more optimistic/positive about life and spread happiness around me. This course gives me a valuable opportunity to understand the science and figure out how to apply the techniques in our everyday lives.”
Fiona Barron, part-time faculty member at ADU, said: “By giving students some empowering tools, we hope to enable them to grow into stronger and more confident young adults that lead a happier and more balanced life.”
Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing, applauded the country’s 20th position in the World Happiness Report 2018 published last month.
In the fast pacing and stressful world today, such courses may actually prove beneficial for citizens of a country in the long run. It will be interesting to see how well such courses are received by the students and what is their long term impact on the society.
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