Noor Cultural Centre

Course | Happiness & The Good Life

May 11th 2013


In response to demand following the introductory workshop on happiness, Noor is delighted to offer a course on:

Happiness & The Good Life
with Dr. Tayyab Rashid

Almost every philosophical and religious tradition has concerned itself with the search for happiness. We know that happiness matters, but what does ‘happiness’ mean? It is often equated with pleasures in the moment – from the tickling of our senses to the purchasing of latest gadgets – but is largely seen as elusive. Sorting through the conventional wisdom and scientific insights, this 8-week course demystifies happiness and presents its markers and makers. Through experiential exercises, participants will discern happiness based on the notion of ‘the good life’ —a virtuous existence imbued with positive emotions, engagement, meaning, positive relationships & accomplishment. Participants will learn evidence-based positive psychotherapy strategies that can make their lives more fulfilling and satisfying.

Topics covered will be:
– Elements of Unhappiness: From Heritability to Habits
– Our Strengths and Weaknesses
– The Person You Always Wanted To Be . . .
– Open Memories that Dampen Your Days
– From Grudge to Gratitude
– Forgiveness
– In Praise of Slowness and Savouring
– Meaning and Purpose
– Flourishing Relationships & Positive Communication
– Post-Traumatic Growth & Resilience, Meaning and Purpose
– Doing the Right Thing: Leaving a Positive Legacy
– Lessons for the Good Life

Dr. Tayyab Rashid (PhD, C.Psych) is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health and Wellness Centre at University of Toronto Scarborough. His expertise includes positive clinical psychology, strength-based resilience, positive education, post-traumatic growth and multicultural counselling. Dr. Rashid has worked internationally training mental health professionals and educators, and assisting natural disaster victims and relief workers through non-profit organizations in Asia. The author of numerous scholarly papers, Dr. Rashid’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, CBC, Psychology Today and Tedx. He has been the recipient of several professional honours for his work.

Dates*: Sundays
April 7, 21, 28;
May 5, 12, 26;
June 2, 9
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Upstairs Classroom, Noor Cultural Centre
Course Fee: $240

To register, please:
email –
phone: (416) 444-7148 ext. 222
Advance registration is required in order for appropriate accommodation to be arranged.

Course Cancellation Policy

*Note: No class:
Sunday April 14 – Parenting Workshop | Raising Children with Confidence
Sunday May 19 – Long Weekend