FYS 101 Communication, Relationships, & the Art of Happiness

Though relationships are often confronted with painful moments, some of the "dark side" experiences we encounter also have a bright side – helping people better understand themselves and their relationships so they can negotiate rules and improve their relationships.

In this first year seminar, we will focus our efforts on the latter--examining how communication behaviors impact our construction of happiness, wellbeing, and our overall health. Topics may include positive thinking, communication values, health and wellness, positive relationships, gratitude, forgiveness, social support, appreciation, social networks and communicative contagion of mood.

Classes featuring happiness and communication are very new in the discipline. We will be encountering new literatures, asking innovative questions, and learning skills that will help us foster successful relationships and optimize our own happiness and wellbeing.