'After Class' Podcast
The Pursuit of HappinessFinding Fulfillment with Karla Murdock
Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Science, Karla Murdock, teaches us about the most important thing in life: happiness. From marriage “advice” to smartphone technology, Karla provides insight into her research and the research of other scientists who have studied happiness, positive and negative affect and much more.
Recorded June 29, 2020
Airs August 18, 2020
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Materials from The Pursuit of Happiness (Spring Term 2020)
- Mini-experiments to explore pathways for synthesizing happiness:
- secret good deed
- gratitude letter
- three good things
- The Book of Delights, by Ross Gay
- Class Blog Collection: a sampling of photographic and written delights and mini-experiments
- Barbara Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build Theory (positive affect)
- John Gottman’s research on marital interactions
- Some guided meditations to try:
Community-Based Learning (CBL) Project in The Pursuit of Happiness (2018)
After the podcast, Professor Murdock told us, "Although I didn’t get a chance to talk about the Eagle’s Nest Mural from the Pursuit of Happiness class in 2018, it is a good example of the type of community-based learning project that I try to incorporate into my teaching." Watch a mini-documentary about the class and mural.