Skip to main content

IDS 115 - 2019 - The Science, History and Value of Happiness

This guide supports IDS 115. It is designed to help you find information about the science, history and value of happiness.

Welcome to your Course Guide for IDS 115, The Science, History and Value of Happiness

 puzzle piece with smiley face

This course guide provides resources to help you research topics related to happiness and positive psychology.

How to be Happy: 11 Steps to Happiness - Infographic posted: 08 Jan 2016

Controlling negative emotions is one of the most important aspects to being happy. Letting the little things get to you can be devastating for your attitude. Take a look at the bigger picture, relax, breath deep and let it go.

Six Tenets of Happiness – Classified in Character Strengths (with examples of individuals who exemplify them)

(Note: Each individual listed below exemplifies more than one tenet. For additional information on each tenet, refer to the "Six Tenets of Happiness" handout above. )


Wisdom and Knowledge – cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and use of knowledge

  • Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States.
  • Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist.


Courage – emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, external or internal

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights.
  • Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005) was an American civil rights activist whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama helped spark the modern struggle for racial equality in the United States.
  • Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Kenyan environmental and political activist.


Love/Humanity – interpersonal strengths that involve tending to and befriending others 

  • Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) Diana Frances; née Spencer, was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales and a beloved humanitarian.
  • George Clooney (1961- ) is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter and humanitarian.


Justice – civic strengths that underlie community life

  • Nelson Mandela (1918 - ) became South Africa's first black president, following a 20-year anti-apartheid campaign for which he was imprisoned for 27 years.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi (1943 - )  Myanmar/Burma opposition leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and U.S. Congressional Gold Medal recipient.


Temperance– strengths that protect against excess

  • Sonia Maria Sotomayor (1954 - ) Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009. Sotomayor is the Court's 111th justice, its third female justice and its first Hispanic female justice.
  • Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American writer, essayist, philosopher, poet, pacifist.


Transcendence/Spirituality – strengths that forge connections to the universe and provide meaning 

  • Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Roman Catholic nun and missionary, and Nobel Prize winner.
  • His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama (1935 - ) Head of state and spiritual leader of the people of Tibet. He was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.


St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000