'Tis the season for syllabi. So, here at Tangent Pursuit, we're going back to school!
Allow me to provide some background..
In an effort to keep my head on straight, I try to engage in the daily practice of counting three things I'm grateful for each morning. When I forget or neglect to do so, I can often notice the difference by the day's end - I'm much more flustered and anxious; more easily perturbed. However, I'll also admit that even when I do dedicate myself to the practice, it's not as if I don't still stumble through some days.
What can I say? I'm a bit of a nutcase.
But who isn't, right? Sometimes life just gets to us. It happens way more often than I'd care to admit, but when I get caught up in the minutiae of my everyday life (like, did that b-tch really forget to put cheese in my omelet?), it can be easy to lose perspective and subsequently act like a jackass.
Nonetheless, I'm working on it. And I think it's something everyone can work on - this effort toward gratitude, positivity and overall happiness.
In fact, Tangent Pursuit, itself, is very much founded on these ideals. The site is a place for people to come to take advantage of their free time - and how can you truly do that without embracing positivity and gratitude?
So, with the intention of keeping up the good vibes, I've decided to take an online class on The Science of Happiness provided by none other than UC Berkeley. And guess what? It's free! The class is being hosted on EdX which is a free provider for "Massive Open Online Classes" (or, MOOCs) which began as a partnership between Harvard and MIT.
Yes, that's right, you guys. FREE classes from Harvard and MIT and a slew of other prestigious universities.
As the scholarly might say: fuck yeah, 'murica.
The class just started this past Tuesday on 9/9, but have no fear, you can work at your own pace and it's a fairly light load, so go ahead and sign up! Here's the class description:
"“The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how to apply key insights from cutting-edge research to their own lives. Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, this course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond. What’s more, “The Science of Happiness” will offer students real-life techniques for nurturing their own happiness."
I hope some readers and friends will join me in this undertaking and keep up with the blog as I continue to post happiness updates!