The Science of Happiness
Adult Enrichment / Special Interest -
Do you ever find yourself wishing you could feel happier? Many of us do, believing it will happen when our lives change—when we find a new job, get a raise, or lose 10 pounds. However, experts are realizing that our well-being can be positively affected through changing the way we think. We shouldn’t rely on external circumstances for our happiness, but instead, work on what we have more control over—our thinking and our actions. While we may not be able to control the thoughts that pop into our head, we can learn to influence which ones we choose to dwell upon. We create and strengthen channels in the brain when we repeat certain thoughts. By observing our thoughts, we can consciously choose which pathways in the brain we want to strengthen (like water through a riverbed). If you can create new thinking habits, you can potentially improve your overall well-being. Learn more about this revolutionary concept and get practical tools for changing your mind and achieving a new, positive mindset.
Lizzie Linn Casanave
Lizzie Linn Casanave teaches philosophy at Northern Essex Community College. She also works at UMass Lowell as a Coordinator/Advisor in the College of Education. She is pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership. Lizzie is interested in exploring how to integrate social and emotional learning into higher education classrooms. She saw a need to develop a curriculum that focused on the whole student and the cultivation of their overall well-being - which launched her into researching and presenting the science of happiness.