Teaching Happiness at UCLA – The Affirmation Spot for Friday May 22, 2009

Today I am posting an interesting video from YouTube about a course in happiness being taught at UCLA.

From YouTube page:

When Emily van Sonnenberg was in a wheelchair five years ago after surviving a fatal car crash, she was told she would never walk again. Then a friend gave her a book by Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, which she says changed her life. She adopted Seligman’s methods of positive thinking and miraculously was able to walk again.

Wanting to share the methods of positive psychology and achieving happiness with others, van Sonnenberg created the course “Happiness” at UCLA, part of the Undergraduate Student Initiated Education program which allows students to teach other students a course not already offered at UCLA.

The course teaches and assigns practical applications of positive psychology such as keeping daily gratitude and intention journals.

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2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”

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Ray Davis - The Affirmation Spot

I am the Founder of The Affirmation Spot, author of Annuanki Awakening, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. My latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation (Book 1 of a trilogy) and The Power to Be You: 417 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations for Empowerment. I have written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential for many years. By day, I write sales training for Fortune 100 company. I began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. My thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, I have melded these ideas into my own philosophy on self-development. I have written, recorded, and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve my own life and I have a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Spring Hill, Ks with his wife.

4 thoughts on “Teaching Happiness at UCLA – The Affirmation Spot for Friday May 22, 2009”

    1. Emily,

      Thank you for posting this video. I am so pleased that this kind of learning is taking root in academia. The work you are doing is so important in our world.

      I’d love to interview somewhere down the line to learn more about your course/program. Keep making a difference.

      Stay inspired!


  1. Hey Ray,

    It’d be my pleasure to talk with you about Positive Psychology ~

    Thank you for your enthusiastic interest & active pursuit to share knowledge & happiness with others!



    1. Are you the same Emily vanSonnenberg that was in the movie Darkwalker? If you are I think you did a wonderful job in that movie. It is one of my favorite DVD’s.

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