Happiness 101 (SS 316)

SS 316                                  HAPPINESS 101

Pursuing Happiness in Challenging Times

Called the ultimate currency, happiness is of growing interest in education, philosophy, social sciences and the helping professions. More than a simple concept, happiness is a complex value with significant cultural, religious, ethnic, social, and interpersonal dimensions.

This class will explore the concept of happiness in all its cultural and social diversity: (1) from ancient times to the 21st Century; (2) from indigenous cultures in the developing world to contemporary scholars in technologically advanced countries; and (3) from secular and religious perspectives. Class enrollees will discuss their own definitions and paths to happiness.

The following questions will form the outline for class discussions:

  • What are the roles of age, gender, marriage, religion, and state of health in achieving happiness?
  • What are the roles of income, wealth, education and social status in achieving happiness?
  • Are prosperity and happiness the same thing?
  • What attitudes, thoughts, and general behaviors enhance personal happiness?
  • Why is it that some people never achieve happiness?
  • How can we be happy when there is so much tragedy, misfortune and suffering in the world?

NOTE: Limited to 25 registered participants.

Presenter/Developer: Mel Roth, MSW, is the former CEO of the Jewish Family Service of Orange County. He received his BA Degree in Philosophy from the University of Arizona and his Masters’ in Social Work Degree from San Diego State.   He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College.


Wednesdays, May 4, 11 and 18

Class presentation: Happiness 101 OLLI (SS 316)

10:00 AM -12:00 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom


Al Fuller                      949-854-8809


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