Happiness Lab: Positive PsychologySemester Course

Happiness Lab: Positive Psychology, elective course at DIS Copenhagen
Corequisite Course(s)
Major Discipline(s)
Human Development, Psychology
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

In this experiential lab, work together with other students carrying out experiential activities to investigate how the application of key theories and concepts within the field of positive psychology may affect a person’s psychological, emotional, behavioral and/or cognitive style, and responses. Implications for groups and organizations may also be considered. Topics could include positive emotions, flow, relationships, meaning, accomplishment, individual strengths, goal setting, creativity, and altruism. Class work consists of experiential activities based on integrating theory with hands-on application, reflective experience, and discussion.

The aim of this experimental lab is to explore and understand how we can enhance performance and facilitate psychological well-being by putting positive psychology theories and concepts into action. The focus is on the application of positive psychology in a systematic manner, i.e. exploring and testing how to foster the factors that allow and support individual and community flourishing whilst taking important contextual factors and individual characteristics such as social support, culture, motivation, and age into consideration.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Education / Educational Studies


Gitte Vonsild

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master's in Positive Psychology, minor in Psychology. M.Sc. in Economics. Specialized in the field of Applied Positive Psychology. Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute, CTI. CFO at the Brewery Darguner Brauerei GmbH in Germany, 1997-2005. Self-employed coach and workshop leader since 2005. Lecturer on coaching & counseling, Positive Psychology, Positive Psychology coaching, change theory, and stress management at Metropolitan University College, 2008-2012. With DIS since 2011.