Schedule of Readings

You are responsible only for the readings. Readings with * next to them and media (videos and podcasts) are not required.

Introduction & course overview

Anomalies in decision making (& review of standard economic theory)

Libertarian Paternalism

What is happiness and can we measure it reliably?

The progress paradox: why are we not happier if we are richer?

Consumerism & the paradox of choice

The macro& microeconomics of happiness

Should we maximize happiness?

Positive psychology & the happiness advantage

Meditation, drugs & reciprocity

Love, attachment & flow

Growth by adversity & awe & beauty

Spirituality, strength, and virtues

Week 13: Where do we go from here?

Student presentations