Course Objectives

The course will help review research in subjective well-being, Investigation into subjective well-being look at the predictors, causes and consequences of happiness and satisfaction with life. Another aim of the course is to look at leisure, play, and what makes a person feel as if he or she is having fun. In addition, it covers aspects of peak performance and optimal experiencing. Wellness, health and positive coping skills are also discussed. The emotional experiences that will be of interest include zest for life, a sense of physical vitality, and the ability to feel relaxed , contended, and free of stress.

Course Descriptions

The course aims to enrich the students regarding positive aspects of human nature. It also covers subjective state of well-being, optimism and emotional intelligence that facilitates the development of human resource in any society. Topics to be covered in this course include introduction, positive traits, subjective well-being, hope, optimism and self-determinism theory with intrinsic motivation.

Recommended books:

  1. Compton, C. W. (2005). An Introduction to Positive Psychology. Thomson and Learning, Inc, USA (2005)
  2. Corer, L., Keyes, M., &Handit, J. (Eds.). (2002).Flourishing—Positive psychology & the life. Washington: APA Publication.
  3. Lias, Aspmwaly, L.,&Ursole, M. (Eds.). (2002). A psychology of human strengths. Washington: APA Publication.
  4. Rizvi, A. A. (1990). Muslimpsychologyandpositive psychology. Lahore: Institute of Muslim psychology.