Positive Psychology: How to Sustain Happiness in Your Life

Catherine A. Sanderson, Ph.D.
Amherst College
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Do people who smile live longer? Will the newest iPhone or Hamilton tickets make you happier? Why should you ask for help in front of a Cinnabon instead of the Gap? What gifts maximize happiness for giver and recipient alike?

The Science of Happiness: An Introduction to Positive Psychology illuminates surprising paths to a happier and healthier life. In 15 audio lectures, you will discover how to flourish in unconventional ways, from reading fiction to striking up conversations with strangers.

An award-winning psychology professor at Amherst College, Catherine Sanderson, Ph.D., introduces you to cutting-edge scientific research on happiness from a range of disciplines, including psychology, economics, biology, and neuroscience. Unlocking the secret to happiness is her life work. Through vivid anecdotes that will make you smile and say “ah-ha,” she helps thoughtful people like you thrive every day in their relationships, careers, and health.

Under Prof. Sanderson’s guidance, you will explore complex and fascinating questions about how various aspects of your life influence your happiness: from your gender to your political orientation. By the end, you will have gained valuable insight into how elements of your day-to-day routine—like nature, technology, and religion—impact your state of mind. Armed with this new awareness, you can immediately start reaping the proven benefits of happiness in all areas of your life.

Learn about downloadable programs.

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  • Introduction to Positive Psychology
  • Who Is Happiest?: The Impact of Demographic Factors
  • Money Matters—But Less Than You Think
  • Who is Happy?: The Crucial Role of Personality
  • Managing Stress
  • The Value of Adversity
  • Love and Relationships
  • The Benefits of Giving
  • The Benefits of Religion and Spirituality
  • The Benefits of Nature
  • Technology and Happiness
  • Positive Psychology and Health
  • Positive Psychology and Work
  • Positive Psychology and School
  • Change Your Behavior

Catherine A. Sanderson is a leading expert on positive psychology. She is the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College, and her research examines how personality, persuasive messages, and social variables influence health-related behaviors, and the predictors of relationship satisfaction. She has won grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

In 2012, Prof. Sanderson was named one of the country’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a specialization in Health and Development, from Stanford University, and received both her masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University.

Prof. Sanderson speaks regularly for public and corporate audiences on topics such as the science of happiness, the power of emotional intelligence, the mind-body connection, and the psychology of good and evil. She is the author of the popular press book on parenting, Slow and Steady Parenting: Active Child-Raising for the Long Haul, From Birth to Age 3, as well as a handful of high school and college textbooks, including Sport Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2016). Her latest book, The Positive Shift, will be released in January of 2019.

Praise for Professor Catherine A. Sanderson

“I work with notable college professors throughout the US and Canada; if there is a more powerful, fascinating, and engaging lecturer then Catherine Sanderson—well, I’ve never seen him or her. Her ability to connect with audiences and hold their attention is quite remarkable, and her mixture of humor, academic scholarship, and practical advice keeps them riveted from her opening welcome to her closing remarks.”
– Steven Schragis, Executive Director, One Day University

“Passionate, dynamic, engaging, Catherine Sanderson will change the way you think about happiness. With her ability to educate and entertain, audiences always leave well informed and—dare I say—happy.”
– Louis P. Masur, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University

“I have hosted dozens of world-renowned speakers over the years but it is safe to say that when it comes to delivery and engagement no one comes close to Catherine Sanderson. She lectures as if she were a stand-up comic, constantly surprising audiences and listeners by using anecdotes to illustrate the latest scientific discovery in her field. The result is an exhilarating tour that leaves you wiser and happier at the same time. Buckle up for the ride!”
– Anouar Majid, Director of the Center for Global Humanities and Professor of English, University of New England


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