October 10, 2017

Wholeness workshop connects happiness, health Oct. 18

David Sobel, MD, MPH, will present a workshop titled “Happiness and Health: Enriching Life with Healthy Pleasures,” part of the Wil Alexander Wholeness Series, on Wednesday, Oct. 18.  The workshop will be held in the Centennial Complex Damazo Amphitheater from 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

David S. Sobel is adjunct instructor, department of medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine; and a visiting scholar and mentor at Stanford’s Clinical Effectiveness Research Center. He was director of patient education and health promotion for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, which serves 4 million members, and practiced adult primary care medicine. He has written ten books and appeared in more than 200 television programs, including the Today Show, CNN and Hour Magazine. 

At this workshop, attendees will learn how scientific evidence suggests that doing what is pleasurable, from sensory delights to selfless pleasures, from optimism to laughter, pays off twice: immediate enjoyment and better health.  

Objectives for the workshop include:

  • describe three examples of evidence that supports the relationship between pleasure and healthy outcomes;
  • identify three elements that must be present for a pleasurable and enjoyable sensory experience;
  • use one simple question to screen patients for depression, find their intrinsic motivation, and improve clinician satisfaction; and
  • learn two simple mind/body health techniques to enhance mood, happiness and health outcomes.

We invite all to attend the Wil Alexander Wholeness Series! Reservations are not required.

For more information about this workshop or the Wil Alexander Wholeness Series, call the School of Allied Health Professions Portfolio Office at Ext. 83378.

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