SALTISE 2023 conference

Faculty are invited to sign up for Sustainable Happiness course

“Happiness that contributes to individual, community or global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations,” is how Dr. Catherine O’Brien defines the concept of Sustainable Happiness.

The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce that a 20-hour Sustainable Happiness certificate will be offered to faculty during the winter 2024 semester.

Many employees at Dawson, as well as students, have participated in this peer-to-peer, experiential course since it was developed at Dawson in 2019. Participants are introduced to the concept of Sustainable Happiness and explore its implications, both personally and professionally. This is an experiential and applied certificate.

Key topics include sustainability, positive psychology, connection with Nature, well-being, happiness, eco-anxiety and hope, and healthy/sustainable lifestyles. There will be a particular focus on connecting the topics to your course curriculum.

Dates and times have not yet been determined. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form by November 17. The Office of Sustainability will be in touch with you when a schedule is confirmed.

More information on Sustainable Happiness is available here. The course is a 20-hour commitment and will be offered either weekly or in an intensive format depending on the preference and availability of participants. The certificate also requires completion of a project, which aims to enhance your sustainable well-being.

You can email Holly McIntyre of Physical Education ( ) with any questions. Space is limited; first-come-first-served!

Last Modified: December 15, 2023