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10 Percent Happier? Improving Your College Experience through Mindfulness

HNR 220 - 10 Percent Happier? Improving Your College Experience through Mindfulness

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2016
Class #: 15322
Section: M001
Credits: 1

Margaret Usdansky

Counts toward:
HNR Seminar (210,220,230)

Course Time(s):
F 12:45 - 2:05 p.m.


Course Description:

What would your day look like if you were 10 percent happier? This seminar invites you to explore whether mindfulness can make your daily college experience less stressful and more rewarding – especially if you aren’t sure exactly what you want to gain from college or what you want to do afterward. The seminar is designed for curious skeptics of mindfulness as well as for those who enjoy meditation, journaling, yoga, or other contemplative practices. We will explore the hype and the promise of mindfulness. Seminar participants will learn about the theories behind contemplative practices and experiment with a variety of techniques to foster mindfulness. And we will compare these techniques to other practices that promote well-being, like exercise. Seminar participants will keep a journal to track their experiences and gauge the impact of contemplative practices on their daily lives. Prior experience with contemplative practices is welcome but not necessary.