Exciting Class on Jewish Positive Psychology to be Presented in Northbrook
The Jewish Learning Institute's (JLI) Newest Class Looks at Positive Psychology through the 3,000-year-old lens of Jewish thought.
Northbrook, IL - When Israeli-born psychologist Tal Ben-Shahar began teaching a class called Positive Psychology at Harvard in 2006, a record 855 undergraduate students signed up for his class. Droves of students at the academically-intense university came to learn, as the course description puts it, about "psychological aspects of a fulfilling and flourishing life."
Speaking to the Harvard Crimson, Prof. Ben-Shahar attributed the class' high numbers to one simple factor: "…People want to be happy. Whether it is at Harvard or any other place, people want to be happier. [...] There are over 200 campuses just in the United States alone where positive psychology is being taught, and on most campuses it is one of the, if not the, largest class."
While drawing on 3,000 years of Jewish wisdom on happiness, the course, which was prepared in partnership between JLI and the Washington School of Psychiatry, builds on the latest observations and discoveries in the field of positive psychology. How Happiness Thinks offers participants the chance to earn up to 15 continuing education credits from the American Psychological Association (APA), American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
"How Happiness Thinks brings together modern research in positive psychology and ancient Jewish wisdom," explains Prof. Ben-Shahar, a renowned expert in the field who has authored five books and today teaches at IDC Herzliya, "This marriage between theology and science can bring about significan positive change in individuals and communities."
The course explores to what degree surroundings and circumstances effect ones overall happiness, potential challenges to living a joyous life, and whether G-d cares if people are happy or not.
Like all previous JLI programs, How Happiness Thinks is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge.
Interested students may call 847-564-8770 or visit www.ChabadNorthbrook.com/JLI for registration and other course-related information.
Source: Chicago Tribune