Course:
Happiness and Resilience | The Science and Wisdom of Inner Peace and Thriving

with Gopi Kallayil & Dr. Jay Kumar

We all seek happiness. We all seek to be productive and to use our talents to make a difference in the world. We seek balance and equanimity through life’s ups and downs. Most of all, we seek this contentment - especially now - during the complexities experienced in this time of transformation. Read more...

In this Course:

6 hrs of class time

Class 1: Wiring Your Brain for Happiness and Resilience | Dr. Jay Kumar

Saturday 23 Jan 19:00h - 20:00h

Class 2: Happiness is a Choice | Gopi Kallayil

Saturday 30 Jan 19:00h - 20:00h

Class 3: The Happiness Equation | Dr. Jay Kumar

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Class 4: Take your MEDS | Gopi Kallayil

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Class 5: The "Four C's of Happiness" Part One | Dr. Jay Kumar

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Class 6: Finding Meaning and Purpose | Gopi Kallayil

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Class 7: The "Four C's of Happiness" Part Two | Dr. Jay Kumar

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Class 8: When you fall, bounce | Gopi Kallayil

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About Course with Gopi Kallayil & Dr. Jay Kumar

This Course brings together two thought leaders in the science, practice, and spirituality for living a happy and resilient life.

We all seek happiness. We all seek to be productive and to use our talents to make a difference in the world. We seek balance and equanimity through life’s ups and downs. Most of all, we seek this contentment - especially now - during the complexities experienced in this time of transformation.

This Course brings together two thought leaders in the science, practice, and spirituality for living a happy and resilient life.

Gopi Kallayil, author of The Internet to the Inner-net and one of Google's best and brightest, uses stories from his high-tech work life and personal life to explore what it means to be truly happy, and what makes us truly human. He shares his unique prescription for staying authentic and true to oneself in a modern, connected world.

Dr. Jay Kumar, author of Science of a Happy Brain and Happiness, and professor at Chapman University, is a respected pioneer in the fields of brain science and personal transformation. His wisdom, drawn from both the classroom and his personal healing journey, provides practical and proven strategies for navigating change and nurturing calm.

In addition to drawing from their rich Indian spiritual heritage, both experts have traveled the world seeking answers to deeply personal questions about their own happiness, from corporate boardrooms and halls of academia, to holy ashrams and meditation cushions. With insight, humor and humility they share their triumphs and travails on this path; presenting to us a timeless, scientific and practical prescription for achieving genuine happiness and enduring resilience.

Program:

Wiring Your Brain for Happiness & Resilience: During this time of change and uncertainty, the pursuit of happiness and resilience seems more elusive than ever. In order to achieve a life of inner peace and prosperity, you first must recognize how your brain evolved to focus on survival; therefore, sabotaging your happiness and well-being. By learning to overcome the four "Happiness Hijacks" that evolution built into the brain, you can learn to retrain your brain for balance and resilience.

Happiness is a choice: Happiness is not a destination. It is a process. It is a habit and ability you can learn and cultivate. The key to becoming a happy human comes from fully embracing the "human" in the happy human. How do you fully embrace yourself and the human experience? How do you find the confidence to risk, fall on your face, get back up again and live an expansive life?

The Happiness Equation: The “Happiness Equation” reveals a fundamental truth about human behavior—to socialize is to survive, to tribe is to thrive. One of the most groundbreaking discoveries in brain science is the "Social Brain". We humans are intensely social beings that evolved for belonging and community. Both science and spirituality provide strategies that affirm why your “Happy Brain” is a “Social Brain”.

Take your MEDS: We all lead busy lives, We all need to take care of ourselves, Otherwise, we can't go deeper and find our true nature, our joy. And we are no good to ourselves or others. Fortunately, wisdom traditions have given us an operating manual to do this. Take your MEDS every day. M for Meditation, E for Exercise, D for diet (as in healthy nutrition) and S for both sleep and social connection. The best way to make this a daily practice is to start with tiny daily rituals that you won't skip. And by booking appointments in your calendar with yourself, you honor the most important commitment in your life. To take care of and nurture your body, brain and breath - your Inner-Net.

The "Four C's of Happiness" Part One: The "Four C's of Happiness" are: Comfort, Contribution, Connection, and Compassion. Each of the 4 C's correspond to the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of happiness. Comfort is the biological strategy for your "Happy Brain" that helps to develop practices that meet the primal drive for seeking safety, security, and stability during times of change and uncertainty. Contribution is the psychological strategy for your "Happy Brain" that focuses not on the pursuit of money and possessions, but on the need for seeking meaning and purpose in your life.

Finding Meaning and Purpose: Studies show that people who are happiest, most resilient, and unapologetic about embracing life have found a deep sense of purpose, one that resonates, that lights them up, and in turn, lights up others. How do you find that purpose? You sit, listen, observe. You pause. When you have three ingredients of life down - finding meaning and purpose, changing your story irrespective of circumstances and living with authenticity - it is much easier to take risks, make a difference in the world. As Steve Jobs said, "Make a dent in the universe."

The "Four C's of Happiness" Part Two: The remaining "C's of Happiness" are connection and compassion. Connection is the social strategy for your "Happy Brain" that increases your ability to build resilience, solidarity, and trust within groups and within society. Compassion is the spiritual strategy for your "Happy Brain"—taught by all the great faith tradition and recently affirmed by brain science—that empowers you to build empathy and tolerance for yourself and others. Collectively, the "Four C's of Happiness" do more than build your "Happy Brain", they create the foundation for a happy world.

When you Fall, Bounce: At Google we have a philosophy called, “Launch and Iterate.” Even before a product is perfect and we know whether it will succeed, we put it in the hands of consumers. Based on their feedback, we launch the next version of the product, and we do it over and over again. We don't see the previous versions as failures, but a door to new possibilities, new problems to be solved. There is something incredibly empowering about seeing each experience in your life as an iteration, a deep self-exploration, an opportunity for growth, a chance, each time you fall, to bounce back.

About

Gopi Kallayil

Gopi Kallayil is the Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google. He works with Google’s sales teams and customers to help grow customer brands through digital marketing. Gopi earned his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India.

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About

Dr. Jay Kumar

Dr. Jay Kumar is the Director of Contemplative Practices and Well-being at Chapman University in California. He is a recognized author, public speaker, thought leader, and academic. His expertise spans brain science, behavioral health, economics, politics, culture, and religion.

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