OSHR 1343 - What Makes Us Happy - Examining the Research on Happiness

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

We would all believe that we know what makes us happy. Yet, recent studies by Lybomirsky, Diener, Seligman and others indicate that few of us really understand what will make us happy. It turns out that having more money, winning the lottery, getting a new job, or looking younger, probably won’t make us substantially happier.

Being happier or more satisfied with our lives more often hinges on simple things we have overlooked or misunderstood. There are over 3000 research studies in the last ten years on the various aspects of what makes people happy.

This five-week class will examine a range of that research and will seek to identify and experiment with the factors and behaviors that are keys to lasting happiness. The only aspect of this topic that will not be covered is chronic long-standing depression.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Robert Richburg

Bob Richburg, Ph.D. has been a professor in the School of Education for four decades. He taught classes in teaching methods and how the brain learns, and he directed an award winning program, Project Promise, which enabled non-traditional age professionals to earn their teaching certification and a master’s degree in a year. He is now retired enjoying reading, tending flowers and playing golf. These and other interests and people make him happy.