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SGSI 2021: Flourishing: The Art and Science of a Life Well Lived

*Course is closed and no longer accepting applications

Tuesday, Sept. 7 – Friday, Sept. 10, 9 AM – 2 PM

This course explores human flourishing and how to practice it in an age of hyper-complexity and ever-accelerating pace. We will engage these ideas through research-informed reading, class discussion, and guided practice related to the psychological, emotional, and social factors that promote a well-lived life. Graduate students from a range of disciplines will learn how transform this learning from concept to lived experience.

Instructors

  • Aneel Chima, PhD, director, Division of Health and Human Performance and the Stanford Flourishing Project
  • Frederic Luskin, PhD, director, Stanford Forgiveness Project

Audience & Capacity

Open to all graduate students in any discipline, as well as postdoctoral scholars, if space allows. Space is limited to 34.

Objectives

By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Understand research-based models and key factors that enhance or degrade our flourishing
  • Investigate and apply tools and skills that increase subjective wellbeing and flourishing in measurable ways
  • ​Develop a personal flourishing framework to use through fall quarter (and beyond) to support a life well lived

Summary

Our current cultural moment—deeply influenced by experiences of the global pandemic—has laid bare megatrends that are defining our emerging future, while also highlighting a global crisis in wellbeing. In particular, 3-D change (change that is perpetual, pervasive, and exponential) and human-technology convergence (humans and complex technology increasingly integrating) are transforming the rhythms of daily life with profound implications for the future of work and the future of living. Simply put, many of us feel continually rushed, pressured, and stressed without a clear sense of why this is happening or how we successfully navigate these experiences. Within this context, we are asking and engaging the question, “What is flourishing and how do we live it more fully?”

This course (or, more accurately, workshop) explores the science and art of human flourishing and how to live it in an age of hyper-complexity and ever-accelerating pace. We will explore these ideas through research-informed readings, class discussions, and guided practices related to the psychological, emotional, and social factors that promote a well-lived life. Using a pedagogical approach that blends the investigation of mental maps (theories, ideas, research) with tool-building (skills, application, praxis) and experiential learning (learn by doing), we seek to create a learning environment that helps you shift both your understanding and lived experience of wellbeing and flourishing. Course elements include contemplative practices, cognitive and behavior tools, discussion groups, journaling, self-assessment, and intention/goal setting.

Graduate students from a range of disciplines will learn how to transform this learning from concept to lived experience. This course is open to anyone who desires to engage honestly and authentically with their own life in service of creating the foundation for a life well lived. As such, come prepared to do meaning introspection as well as share interpersonally with colleagues within a psychologically supportive and safe environment.

Past participants who took this course said the following about their experience:

This is one of the best workshops that Stanford has to offer. I made many deep friendships here in just five days, and I have taken with me a new set of habits regarding meditation, work, and relaxation.” -SGSI 2019 Participant

This is a class about learning how to live a joyful life. We've been taught so much about how to do good research, this class finally teaches us how to be good humans!” -SGSI 2019 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.


 

Resource Type: 
Course or Workshop
Target Audience: 
All Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Scholars
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