What is human flourishing and how do we practice it in an age of hyper-complexity and ever-accelerating pace? You will engage with this issue through research-backed reading, class discussion, and guided practice on the psychological, emotional, and social factors that promote a life well lived. Models of integrated well-being, meditation, deep meaning-making, and social connection are distilled from fields ranging from interpersonal neurobiology and contemplative neuroscience, to positive psychology and applied philosophy. A mix of lecture and guided practice is utilized to help graduate students from a range of disciplines move these ideas from concept to lived experience, thereby leading to a life well lived.
Monday, Sept. 10 – Friday, Sept. 14, 9 AM – 2 PM
(Light breakfast and lunch will be served daily)
- Aneel Chima, PhD, associate director, Health and Human Performance
- Frederic Luskin, PhD, senior consultant and lecturer, The Stanford Wellness Education Program; founder and director, The Stanford Forgiveness Project
Audience & Capacity
Open to all graduate students in any discipline, as well as postdoctoral fellows, if space allows. Space is limited to 32.
By participating fully in this course, you will:
- Understand the core research-based models of human flourishing and well-being
- Develop an integrated flourishing toolkit that can be applied in minutes a day with measurable positive effect
- Apply these mental maps and tools in a structured, yet flexible way to your own life
What is human flourishing and how do we practice it in an age of hyper-complexity and ever-accelerating pace? You will engage with these two questions by studying, discussing, and applying research on the psychological, emotional, and social factors that promote a life well lived. Models of integrated well-being, meditation, deep-meaning making, and social connection are distilled from fields ranging from interpersonal neurobiology and contemplative neuroscience to positive psychology and applied philosophy.
Any investigation into a concept as rich and diverse as human flourishing necessitates a thoughtful multi-disciplinary approach. As such, graduate students from a wide range of disciplines will find multiple compelling entry points into the investigation of human flourishing. Further, the topic of human flourishing is not amenable to intellectual exploration alone—it must be taken from the abstract into the lived realities of our lives. A mix of lecture and guided practice is utilized to help you move these ideas from concept to lived experience, leading to life transformation.
In sum, we welcome students from all disciplines who are open to exploring ways of thinking that emphasize honest reflection, openness to experience, self awareness, and the courage to act from a space of authenticity. Through a series of hands-on exercises, a range of assessments and lectures + discussions about multiple aspects of flourishing, you can broaden your vision of success and what satisfies you. Additionally, it’s helpful to think of this course less as a traditional class and, instead, more as an applied workshop guided by the following mantra: “Learn, Apply, Transform.”
Learn – Learn the most effective cognitive, emotional, social, and physical strategies that facilitate flourishing and wellness.
Apply – Apply these insights and strategies to your life, your social sphere, and the world around you.
Transform – Transform the way you live and impact the people around you. Live with deeper purpose, enhanced flourishing, greater resilience, and increased lifelong wellness.
Join us on this journey into the heart of human flourishing and how to build a life full of more vitality and well-being.
Past participants who took this course said the following about their experience:
“I believe this class quite radically shifted my life experience.” -SGSI 2017 Participant
“This is the ideal course to take at the beginning of your graduate career to focus on how to approach your time at Stanford in a healthy, values-centered way.” -SGSI 2017 Participant
“This class was extremely helpful to me for getting in touch with what I value, what truly matters to me, and how I can work on prioritizing those things for the rest of my life.” -SGSI 2017 Participant
Additional Course Expectations
- As part of this course, about 30 to 60 minutes of work per day outside of class is expected to read, write, and reflect on seminar concepts. You will also be expected to do some enjoyable pre-reading before the seminar class begins.
- Full attendance is expected.
SUNet ID required to log in; all SGSI correspondence sent to your Stanford email account.