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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 182 Finding Happiness

Happiness seems to be something we all want; yet it remains elusive to many of us. What exactly is this thing we are looking for and how can we improve our chances of finding it? In this class we will attempt to figure out what happiness is and whether there are any mental habits, behaviors, or social arrangements that have been empirically demonstrated to contribute to or detract from happiness. Readings will draw from a number of different disciplines including philosophy, psychology, literature, history, religion, and economics.