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School of Wellness

WELS 105 Optimism and Mindfulness

Students will learn the values necessary to having a positive outlook in life.

Course Description

Prof Dan has the following tips for aspiring optimists:

  • Explore the concept of mindfullness
  • Accurately assess situations
  • Choose to hope for the best
  • Don't expect anything to be given to you
  • Celebrate every triumph
  • Count your blessings every day
  • Show your support group you appreciate them
  • Make the best use of your time
  • Leave every room the way you found it or better

Prof Dan has the following comments about the syllabus:"Being an optimist doesn't mean blinding yourself to the reality around us. It means seeing reality as it is and both the positive and negative futures. Then, prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Mindfulness can help by focusing your attention on the most relevant details around you. Also, mindfullness based stressed reduction techniques can reduce our daily stress and helpr emove stress as a distraction to happiness."

Prof Dan's final exam involves students waking up every morning for the rest of their life with a sense of wonderment and joy.

Prof Dan presents the following qualifications for this course: "I love life."

Students will be graded on the following criteria: .

Number of Times Daily You Spout Negativity from your Mouth
8
6
4
2
0
Grade
F
D
C
B
A

Course Materials

Reading List

Topic: Optomism

How To Be an Optimist. By wikiHow.com

The Pessimist's Guide To Being Optimistic. By Jane Meredith Adams and Prevention.com

Topic: Mindfulness

What IS Mindfulness? A short written introduction to the concept of mindfulness. By Palousemindfulness.com

Introduction to Mindfulness. A short Youtube video explaining the concept of mindfulness. By Emory University.

Mindfulness 101: Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). A very informative Youtube video introducing techniques and explanations for the skill known as MBSR.

Brief mindfulness meditation training alters psychological and neuroendocrine responses to social evaluative stress. A scientific study from Carnegie Mellon University showing empirical evidence for how effictive MBSR can be when combating the body's stress responses.

 

Homework

Dan Chou's Life Tips. 'Like' Prof Dan's Facebook page to receive periodic tips. By Daniel Chou

 

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