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Approx. 20 hours to complete

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What you will learn

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    Choose goals that support your personal well-being

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    Describe why it's important to cultivate a healthy emotional life

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    Understand the Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Interventions

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    Use strategies for classifying character strengths and virtues

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Character Strengths And Virtuesgoal settingPositive PsychologySavoring

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: Four weeks of study, 4-6 hours a week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Introducing the Course and Exploring Positive Emotions

11 videos (Total 77 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
11 videos
1.1 Assignment1m
1.2 A Thought Experiment10m
1.3 Introduction to the Course7m
1.3 Assignment58s
1.4 Theoretical Introduction16m
1.4 Assignment1m
1.5 Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Interventions8m
1.5 Assignment1m
1.6 Cultivating Positive Emotions18m
1.6 Assignment1m
2 readings
Optional Supplement: Pre-Test10m
Biography of Dr. James Pawelski10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz 16m
Module 1 Quiz12m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Understanding and Cultivating a Healthy Emotional Life

12 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
12 videos
2.1 Assignment1m
2.2 Are Positive Emotions Always Positive?12m
2.2 Assignment1m
2.3 Emotional Intelligence11m
2.3 Assignment51s
2.4 Savoring, Part 111m
2.4 Assignment1m
2.5 Savoring, Part 26m
2.5 Assignment32s
2.6 Savoring, Part 39m
2.6 Assignment47s
1 reading
Upcoming book: Happy Together10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz 28m
Module 2 Quiz10m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Identifying and Using Character Strengths

12 videos (Total 65 min), 3 quizzes
12 videos
3.1 Assignment51s
3.2 VIA Classifications of Character Strengths and Virtues8m
3.2 Assignment40s
3.3 Signature Strengths7m
3.3 Assignment2m
3.4 Using Signature Strengths8m
3.4 Assignment52s
3.5 Strengths at Work, Home, and Play7m
3.5 Assignment48s
3.6 Strengths in Romantic Relationships15m
3.6 Assignments2m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz 36m
Module 3 Quiz10m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Setting and Achieving Goals

12 videos (Total 55 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
12 videos
4.1 Assignment45s
4.2 Choosing Life Goals9m
4.2 Assignment52s
4.3 Choosing Goals to Support Well-Being9m
4.3 Assignment52s
4.4 Following Through on the Goals We Choose12m
4.4 Assignment1m
4.5 Flow8m
4.5 Assignment1m
4.6 Review and Conclusion2m
4.6 Assignment1m
2 readings
Participate in the World Well-Being Project (optional)10m
World Well-Being Post-Test (optional)10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz 46m
Module 4 Quiz10m
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Top reviews from Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions

By JSJul 19th 2019

Excellent course. It builds up in the first basic course. Besides theoretical understanding the course provides practical tips which are useful in ones own life as well as in guiding others.

By MKSep 7th 2017

I absolutely enjoyed this course. I can use all I have learned in my personal life as well as in my profession. I particularly enjoyed learning about the goal-setting frameworks.

Instructor

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James Pawelski, Ph.D.

Director of Education and Senior Scholar
Positive Psychology Center

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

About the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization

The University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman welcome you to Foundations of Positive Psychology. Our five-course specialization provides you with the key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application. Course topics include • Positive Psychology: Martin E.P. Seligman’s Visionary Science with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman • Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions with Dr. James Pawelski • Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods with Dr. Angela Duckworth & Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft • Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills with Dr. Karen Reivich • Positive Psychology Specialization Project with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman...
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