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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

Positive Psychology and Personal Well-being

Week 3: July 23-29, 2017

The registration period for this program has passed.
Please contact us if you have any questions.

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A compelling school of psychology has emerged in recent decades, focused on enhancing the well-being of individuals and communities. We will learn about positive traits (purpose, optimism, and resilience), experiences (satisfaction and personal growth), and relationships and contexts (social bonding, romantic love, and built and natural environments) that strengthen us against life's slings and arrows and foster fuller lives.

Leading our exploration is Anthony Ong, associate professor of human development at Cornell and of gerontology at Weill Cornell Medicine. In lively lecture and discussion, we'll discover, understand, and cultivate the forces that contribute to our own and our communities' happiness.

Anthony Ong

Anthony Ong is an associate professor of human development at Cornell University and of gerontology in medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Southern California and completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers the course, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.