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Adult Education


The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence believes that the spiritual life is not a destination but a journey.  We provide adult religious education classes and forums to help members and friends along the path they have chosen for that journey.  Some offerings specifically address religious questions.  Others explore ethical and political questions of contemporary relevance.  Still others present subjects of general interest.  All are intended to stimulate reflection, discussion, and fellowship.  Sessions are offered following the Sunday service and during weeknights.  Please watch the monthly Pioneer and the weekly Sunday Times for announcements of upcoming adult education opportunities.  For more information, please contact Rich West at rwest@periodyssey.com.















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Adult Ed Class to Explore Keys to Happiness

The US Constitution tells us that we have the right to pursue happiness, but what does it mean to be happy, where do we find it, and is happiness enough to live a good life? These questions and more will be explored in a three-session USNF Adult Education class entitled “Positive Psychology: Happiness and the Life Lived Well”, led by psychologist and UU David Junno. In these sessions, David and participants will be exploring these questions as they look at what the studies of happiness and well being have taught us. Classes will be held Sunday evenings, February 26, March 4, and 3/11 in the parlor from 7 to 8:30 pm. They will consist of lectures, discussion, and activities that have been shown to improve happiness and well being. Readings are recommended but not required (see below). Space is limited to a dozen participants, so interested parties are asked to RSVP. To do so, contact Rich West, Adult Ed Coordinator, at rwest@periodyssey.com.


Class 1: The Paths to Happiness and Well Being (focusing on the pleasant life). What is happiness, why do we need it, and where do we find it?
Preparation: Write a positive introduction to yourself, describing an event or time when you saw yourself acting at your best. The essay should be no more than 500 words and should be something you are willing to read to the class.

Class 2: The Life of Engagement: what are our strengths and how to we use them to maximize life satisfaction? Optimism: why we need it and how we can get it.
Preparation: Take the VIA character strength test on
http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx. Bring to class a list of your top five strengths. Take the Optimism test on the same website.

Class 3: The Life of Meaning: savoring and mindfulness.
Preparation: Prepare a food that has special meaning or significance for you and bring it in for a communal potluck.

Recommended readings:
Sonja Lyubomirsky. The How of Happiness. Penguin Press: 2008.
Martin Seligman. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. Free Press: 2011.







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