Happiness 101. Class presentation available.

This class will explore the concept of happiness from the perspectives of ancient philosophers, world religions, indigenous cultures and contemporary psychologists and philosophers. Happiness is a complex value with cultural, religious, ethnic, social, and interpersonal dimensions. Class enrollees will discuss their own definitions of 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?
  • What values, thoughts, and general behaviors enhance personal happiness?
  • Can a person who has experienced many adversities be happy?
  • Do the political and economic conditions in a country affect its citizens’ sense of happiness?

On the premise that the achievement of happiness is a combination of chance, random circumstances, and deliberate personal choices, class participants will identify how they can enhance their happiness.

Presenter/Developer: Mel Roth, MSW.

Former CEO of the Jewish Family Service of Orange County, Mel Roth received his BA Degree in Philosophy from the University of Arizona and his Masters’ in Social Work Degree (MSW) from San Diego State University. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College.

Class Presentation: Happiness 101 2017


Mondays, February 13, 20, and 27

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


The Irvine Station-Onken

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