Imagine if we evaluated the success of societies not by their GDP but by the extent to which their members lived flourishing lives. How would we do this? Although there is no single definition of “human flourishing” – or its synonyms, “well being” and “the good life” – there is widespread agreement that flourishing includes components such as mental and physical health, happiness and life satisfaction, a sense of meaning and purpose, character and virtue, and close social relationships. In this class, we will utilize a variety of online readings and resources to explore through conversation the meaning and importance of human flourishing – with special attention to the lives of individuals who have retired.
This class will meet on four different Thursdays: February 4, March 4, March 18 and April 1, 2021