Health Topics - Happiness

Open the Door to Happiness

Why is Happiness Important?

Happiness can mean different things to different people. In the short term, experiencing happiness can boost our mood and self-esteem. Long term, being happy can drive success, keep us healthy and increase longevity. It is important to remember that achieving happiness is a process. Our personal happiness is influenced by the decisions we make and our daily activities. This means that our actions can make a significant difference in how happy we feel.


7 Doors to Happiness

Project Happiness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to create happiness within themselves and throughout the world, has partnered with UC Davis to allow students access to its "7 Doors to Happiness" course. This course is a foundation to let you uncover and activate greater happiness from within - it is not a cookie cutter one size fits all approach.

Each Door introduces you to ideas, concepts and keys to happiness. The site offers videos and thought provoking questions to deepen your journey. Each Door also provides questions and suggested action steps, which link the concepts to your own experience. By giving yourself the time to reflect on your answers, you will navigate your own unique path to happiness drawing on your life experiences, so that what you come away with is relevant, personal, and meaningful.

Access is free upon request.

social wellness icon Door 1 explores the eternal question - What is Happiness?

You will learn about short-term and long-term happiness, how your brain can change and about the power of gratitude.

occupational wellness icon Door 2 looks at Obstacles to Happiness and how to be calm through the chaos.

It's true that struggle is a part of life, but we do have a choice in how to respond to any situation. This door offers some strategies on how to do that.

physical wellness icon Door 3 focuses on Self - Reflection.

Most people would agree that knowledge is power. What we don't often discuss is that self-knowledge is a game changer.

Intellectual wellness icon Door 4 explores Self - Mastery.

You'll learn how emotions are physical, the effectiveness of mindfulness and how to deal with anger.

Emotional wellness icon Door 5 introduces you to Compassion in Action.

When you're kind to yourself, you have more kindness to give. This door explores self - compassion, compassion for others and the power of forgiveness.

Spiritual wellness icon Door 6 delves into Interdependence.

We all depend on each other. From relationships with people to your relationship with the environment, learn ways to live life as a win - win where everyone benefits.

Environmental wellness icon Door 7 is about Sharing Your Gift.


Access to the 7 doors to Happiness Course

Contact hep@shcs.ucdavis.edu with your UC Davis email address to request login information. Please note: This resource is available to UC Davis affiliates only.


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