A Journey to Happiness

  • A Journey to Happiness

    David's Story

  • Ten years ago, I was at a crossroads.

    Newly retired and widowed, my life had changed suddenly and dramatically.

  • The structures and people I had relied on were gone. I questioned my day-to-day interests, and began to reassess what made me happy. Finding happiness became my
    new focus.

  • I came across UBC Continuing Studies and enrolled in a course in critical thinking. After that first class, I asked myself “What am I doing here?” But a few weeks in, I realized I was happy for the first time in a long while.

  • My instructor encouraged me to pursue more courses in liberal studies. I discovered that curiosity was a virtue that could be developed and nurtured through learning with like-minded people. My experiences provided me a measured and certified sense of achievement.

  • In his book, Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman writes that lasting happiness comes in part from engagement, meaning, relationships, and achievement. The courses I’ve taken at UBC have singlehandedly answered these needs.

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