In 1776, a group of men known as our Founding Fathers signed a document framing the “pursuit of happiness” as a God-given right of all. Moreover, the Declaration of Independence’s message equates happiness with the right to self-determination. Thomas Jefferson and his colleagues understood that a sense of control over one’s life is essential to our well – being.
One-hundred and fifty years later, Abraham Maslow created the Hierarchy of Needs that illustrates how humans have an innate urge for self-actualization. Maslow suggests that in order to be truly happy, we must first meet our more basic needs and once they are met, we can work on expressing our being in the fullest sense and in that, we find our greatest sense of happiness. As you work your way up the hierarchy, you’ll see that basic needs can be met by the acquisition of money but once those needs are met, true happiness depends more on meaning. This course is intended to guide you toward the fullest expression of who you are and thus, to find your deepest happiness.
By the end of this course, you will understand the following:
- Understand what degree of control you have over your happiness
- Learn how to increase your happiness
- Learn how your happiness affects others
- Understand the effect of happiness in business
We know that different people like to learn in different ways. If you like to write notes as you work through a course, here’s a handy study guide (.PDF) for you, in printable or “fillable” form. Use the printable version if you would like to print out the study guide and write down your notes. Or, if you prefer to use a PDF reader, you can take notes on your favorite handheld device using the “fillable” version.”