Course Description

Offered by the Centre for Public Safety and Well-Being - CPSW@wlu.ca

What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology, which uses scientific research and understanding to study the conditions and processes that contribute to the flourishing or optimal functioning of people, groups and institutions.

Did you know we have control over 40% of our ability to be happy? Recent studies have shown that our happiness is influenced 50% by genetics and only 10% by circumstances or events going on in our lives. What makes people flourish? What makes some people more resilient than others? Can intentional activities affect one’s feeling of joy, purpose and contentment? These are the types of questions explored in the field of positive psychology.

Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology

Six weeks (approximately seven hours per week)

This introductory course in the scientific study of psychological well-being and human flourishing delves into what makes people optimistic, motivated and happy. You will examine the core concepts of positive psychology (PERMA, Flow, etc.) grounded in the scientific evidence of “Why”. You will also explore the practical knowledge and applications of “How" positive psychology continues to contribute to thriving beings and organizations. By discussing the essential elements of joyfulness and well-being, approaches on optimism and pessimism will be explored and reframed. You will compare positive interventions and strategies to enhance positive emotions. The importance of health and physical wellness will be addressed as key components to well-being. You will also be introduced to the capstone project.

Want to learn more about Positive Psychology?  Email CPSW@wlu.ca with any questions.

Learner Outcomes

  • Recognize and understand the basic concepts of evidence-based positive psychology theory and research.
  • Assess and explain how positive psychology practices can benefit the individual and communities.
  • Demonstrate a core understanding of positive emotions and its influence on well-being.
  • Differentiate between the ideologies of surviving and thriving.
  • Explore situations/contexts within your workplace to apply positive psychology practices.


This course is the first module of the Certificate in Positive Psychology, and can be taken as a stand-alone course. Anyone who completes this course as a stand-alone will receive a Certificate of Completion.  If after completing Module 1 you would like to continue with the certificate, you may do so (subject to space availability).

Laurier alumni, current students and employees, as well as seniors, are eligible for a discount. Email cpsw@wlu.ca to receive your discount code. You must receive and input your new discount code before proceeding to the payment page to be eligible for the discount; we cannot process a discount after payment is made.

Are you registering five or more employees? Receive discounts per registrant: email cpsw@wlu.ca to receive your discount code before making your payment.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psych
Sep 23, 2024 to Nov 04, 2024
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Facilitated non-credit $1,099.00
Section Notes

This can be taken as a stand-alone course or as a part of the Positive Psychology Certificate or the Positive Education Certificate.
Limited spaces available.  Please add yourself to the waitlist if the class is full.

Registration is open until September 27, 2024.

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