Professor McCormick teaches BI 170: Happiness - A Neuroscience and Psychology Perspective at the University of Oregon every Fall Term. David was drawn towards understanding and teaching the science of well-being through his experience living with undergraduates at Yale University (along with his wife and his dog, Sasha) and teaching neuroscience to Tibetan Monks in monastic universities in India through the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. The course offers a science-based curriculum with practical strategies on how to skillfully live a life of meaning and happiness. Topics include neural pathways of anxiety/stress/addiction and how to manage them, neuroplasticity, self-efficacy, meditation techniques such as yoga and mindfulness (MBSR), CBT, the brain and reality, gratitude, social relationships, empathy and compassion, pro-social behavior, and much more. David hopes that by teaching this course, he may add a few seeds of positivity to the next generation. See the course's website by clicking the button to the right, or here for more information!
Professor McCormick and Liz Riebe are faculty advisors for the Positive Psychology Club at the University of Oregon, an inclusive space for undergrads to learn and engage in activities on how to cultivate a happy life. The club was founded by a past student of McCormick's Happiness course, Luna Dare, who hoped to provide students with an extra mental health resource and a comforting environment where everyone can learn how to sustain well-being. The club covers science-backed topics such as mindfulness, social connection, nutrition and gut health, purpose and meaning, positive and negative emotions, and more! The club is free to join and open to all undergrads at the U of O. See the club's website by clicking the button to the right, or here for more information.
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