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The Science of Happiness


Overview & Objectives

What does happiness have to do with working as a hospice aide?  The warm fuzzies of happiness make us better at our jobs, improve working relationships, increase performance and accuracy, and boost health and well-being.  Studies have shown that happiness promotes more positive working environments which affect how hospice aides interact with co-workers, patients, and families.  Happiness in employees leads to greater overall job satisfaction, a reduction in turnover rates, and the increased success of a hospice (or any) organization.  This module explores the science of positive psychology (or the science of happiness) which focuses on the positive side of human potential as individuals and in community.  It also debunks the cultural belief that status and possessions lead to greater happiness.  The learning objectives for this module include:

  • Discuss the effect of happiness on work
  • Analyze current cultural beliefs about happiness
  • Discuss the foundation of positive psychology
  • List steps to increase happiness at work and in life
  • Describe how life balance increases happiness



  •  Learning Module
  • Group Exercise:  The Happiness Tool
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance