ST. GEORGE — The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present “How Happiness Thinks: Jewish Perspectives on Positive Psychology,” the institute’s six-session winter 2020 course that will begin during the week of Jan. 29.
Rabbi Mendy Cohen of Chabad Jewish Center will conduct the six course sessions at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 through March 4 at 569 E. 200 South, St. George.
“The science behind positive psychology has been become very popular in recent years, and has drawn a lot of attention,” explained Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI’s headquarters in Brooklyn.
“People innately understand that to be happy and to have a positive attitude, can greatly impact their work and personal life. ‘How Happiness Thinks’ addresses the question that so many ask: What makes happy people happy?”
Prepared in partnership between JLI and the Washington School of Psychiatry, the course offers up to 15 American Psychological Association (APA) continuing education credits. While positive psychology may be in mode today, Jewish wisdom and mysticism has addressed questions of what it means to be truly happy, when it is appropriate to be happy, and being happy in times of great difficulty for centuries. Combining Jewish thought with the latest research in the fast-growing field of positive psychology, “How Happiness Thinks” promises to offer a fresh perspective on this highly relevant and potentially life changing subject.
“This course is based on the premise that to be happy, you can wither change the world, or you can change your way of thinking,” said Rabbi Mendy Cohen, the local JLI instructor in St. George. ‘How Happiness Thinks’ contrasts 3000 years of Jewish wisdom on happiness with the latest observations and discoveries in positive psychology.”
Like all previous JLI programs, “How Happiness Thinks” is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.
Aside from the APA, this course additionally offers participants the ability to earn up to 15 credits from the American Council for Continuing Medical Education, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland, and the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Below is a video explaining the course: