Cultivating Happiness: A Mindful-Based Path
taught by Richard Berger, M.D.
This class is intended to be an educational class and not therapy for depression. In light of this, the instructor recommends you read this self-screening questionnaire to determine whether now is a proper time for you to take the course.
Everyone in the world wants to be happy. Happiness is an elusive and complicated emotion. It is impermanent. Yet we have input into our own happiness and even the happiness of others. By developing our awareness of what makes ourselves and others happy, we can make conscious decisions about where to concentrate our efforts to be happier. Furthermore, happiness can improve our productivity, creativity, and energy.
Neuroscience tells us that our brains are changed by what we think and what we do. We can purposefully and skillfully change our own brains and minds. In this series of classes we will systematically learn a mindfulness-based approach to becoming more aware and happy. Read more about why happiness is good for your health in this article on the Greater Good website.
The Happiness class material has been inspired by several sources including Mindful Compassion by Paul Gilbert and Choden, Zen Heart by Ezra Bayda, One small Step can Change your Life by Robert Maurer, works by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the Headspace Happiness Series, Seeing that Frees by Rob Burba, Greater Good sources and others. Increased well-being has been shown to be a by product of practicing mindfulness and compassion. In this course, specific practices which are aimed at increasing happiness will be emphasized. Increased happiness has been shown to improve well-being, work productivity, creativeness and the happiness of others. Happiness is not a selfish undertaking but creates happiness in those around you as well. Homework will include informal daily practices and short formal practice sessions. Emphasis will be placed on awareness of the moments of happiness in our life, overcoming negative bias, and developing a consistent program conducive to your happiness and those around you, and dispelling disproven myths about happiness.
1. To become aware of scientifically proven factors in happiness and how happiness is contagious
2. To become more aware of what makes experience pleasant and unpleasant
3. We will become proficient in practices that can mold our brains, minds, and consciousness to allow more happiness in our lives and the lives of others
4. To become more compassionate of the unhappiness of ourselves and those around us
5. To increase our happiness and equanimity
Class size: 10 - 25 participants
Please note: CCFW requries a minimum of 10 participants to run this class. If we must cancel this class due to under enrollment, you will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the start date and you will receive a full refund.
8-Class Sessions: Tuesdays from 6:30 - 9:00 pm between October 6 and November 24, 2015 at CCFW
Daylong Retreat: Saturday November 14, 2015 (time and location TBA)
Tuesday, October 6, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, October 13, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, October 20, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, October 27, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, November 10, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 14, 2015: TBA (optional)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, November 24, 2015: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
About the Instructor
Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, is the primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received his certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles. Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child and Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.
"The best part of the class was interacting with Dr. Berger, experiencing his good heart, the daily practice of meditating, and the frequent practice of mindfulness during each day. As a result of the class activities, I feel much more connected to myself, more calm and peaceful, happy."
"I like the way Rick led the class with gentleness and patience. He led us, but at the same time made it seem he was on the journey with us."
"Rick did a great job at teaching the material and was welcoming and accessible and made it seem so easy. I appreciated his humor too!"
"Rick Berger was wise, present, patience, funny, and accepting."
"I enjoyed Richard's cheerful patient attitude."
"Rick was great- he made the class very safe."
If you would like to make a donation towards our scholarship fund, you can help CCFW assist participants who may not be able to register due to financial considerations. Donate anytime at http://giving.uw.edu/mindfulness.