Courses

Summer school: Health and Happiness

Researchers have long known that health and happiness go together. Studies show how individuals can actively influence their own health and well-being. Numerous interventions and techniques, often with the help of technology, have been developed to help promoting a healthy lifestyle.

In this summer course, we will address a couple of questions:

  • What role can technology play to support health and well-being?
  • What makes people happy?
  • How can we change unhealthy behavior?

Inspired by insights from health psychology, positive psychology, communication sciences, and eHealth, this course will help you address these questions. You will work on several cases related to health and well-being, with the ultimate goal to boost health, both physically and mentally.

Testimonial: Deirdre (from Ireland)

Course Topics

Together with other participants you will discover and learn more about these topics:

Course fundamentals + get to know each other

Introduction to the course ‘Health and Happiness’. You will learn about the core pillars of this course, including the basics of health psychology and positive psychology. Furthermore, you will get to know the other participants of this course and learn more about yourself.

  • Basic knowledge of health psychology and positive psychology
  • Exercises for creating a state of happiness
Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is the branch of psychology that uses scientific understanding and effective interventions to aid in the achievement of a satisfactory life, rather than treating mental illness. The focus of positive psychology is on personal growth rather than on pathology, as is common among other frameworks within the field of psychology.

During this session, you will learn more about the theoretical background of positive psychology. What are the origins of positive psychology and who are the ‘founders’, what is the added value of positive psychology and what is scientifically proven within this field?

Later you will learn more about two examples of applied positive psychology: The Route of Happiness & Wellbeing therapy.

  • This course session will provide the attendees knowledge about the theoretical background and insights of positive psychology
  • Attendees will learn how to apply positive psychology in practice
Health Psychology

This session is about the essentials of health psychology. What are the origins of health psychology, how is it being researched and what are the latest findings within this field? The session is followed by workshops about how to seduce people into health and the use of e-health. What is health promotion, what are explicit and implicit techniques that health psychologists use to encourage people to behave healthily?

For example E-health is becoming more and more prominent and important in health care; current estimates suggest that there are about 97.000 eHealth apps around the world. What are the (dis)advantages of eHealth?

  • This course session will provide the attendees knowledge about the theoretical background and insights of health psychology
  • Attendees will learn about techniques to encourage healthy behavior
  • This course session will introduce attendees to eHealth
Improving health and happiness in practice

One can boost health and happiness in several settings. During different sessions, three main contexts will be put central: 1) How can you improve health and happiness at work, 2) in schools and  3) in healthcare?

IMPROVE HEALTH @ WORK

We spend about 100.000 (!) hours at work over our lifetime, so it is clear that is important to give attention to mental health and wellbeing at the workplace. The setting in which we work has changed a lot in recent years. What are the effects of time-spatial flexibility and new working conditions on work-life balance?

IMPROVE HEALTH @SCHOOLS

Adolescence and young adulthood are critical phases for the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing. With the majority of young people regularly using the internet, the potential of online technologies as settings for increasing access to interventions promoting positive mental health and wellbeing is yet to be fully realized. You will learn more about types of interventions that are being developed internationally in the educational setting.

IMPROVE HEALTH FOR HEALTH CARE

It is a paradox that our health care systems are focused more on illness than on health. This session covers several questions that need to be raised when we want to shift the focus from illness to health. How can we conceptualize health in a more positive way? What role does happiness play in such a definition of health? How can we measure positive health and happiness within our health care system?

  • These course sessions will provide knowledge about how to increase health and happiness in various settings; at workplace, in schools and in healthcare
  • After these course sessions attendees are able to design an intervention for improving health and happiness in various settings
Designing your own boosting intervention

You will work in groups of around 4 students on a project in which you design an intervention for the ideal workplace, school or health care center. You can apply the knowledge and insights from the previous sessions.

Furthermore you will go on an excursion with your group to an organization which could apply your intervention in practice. During this visit there is the opportunity to talk to (scientific) experts and professionals (from practice) to get input for your intervention.

  • Attendees will get insights in everyday life practices that might influence wellbeing in the workplace, schools or healthcare system
  • Attendees will get knowledge about how to design an intervention using heuristics from both positive and health psychology
  • Attendees are able to design their own intervention
Health and Happiness & Technology

We are living in an era where technology is being developed faster than ever. This provides great opportunities in improving our standard of living. Robots, for example, might be the solution to the overburden healthcare system. However, the development of technology also poses threats on society. What to do with game addiction? And is our privacy still safeguarded with all the information that is available through big data?

In this course you will learn about the possibilities and dark side of technology and how it can influence our wellbeing.

  • In this course attendees learn about the opportunities and threats of technology on human’s wellbeing
  • Attendees are able to critically reflect on the development of technology that is designed to improve the standard of living
Presenting your intervention

You have designed your own intervention, but now you need to convince other parties of the excellence of it and motivate them to implement your idea. During this day you will learn how to give a perfect pitch and stand out with your presentation. The day will end with a closing ceremony where you present your intervention with your project group for a jury of experts.

  • This course will provide knowledge about the characteristics of a good presentation
  • After this course attendees are able to give a convincing pitch

Course schedule

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CuriousU: Health and Happiness

Day
Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Explore the campus
Time:20:00 - 22:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Explore the campus with your new friends.

Jogging around campus
Time:15:00 - 16:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Jogging around campus
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Sightseeing around campus
Time:16:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Sightseeing around campus
Time:21:00 - 22:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Lean simulation game
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing a lean simulation game.

Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Ed Brinksma
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 14-08

Prof.dr. H. (Ed) Brinksma, our former university dean, will kick-off the first inspiration speach @CuriousU!

The essentials of (positive) psychology
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Welcome & Getting to know each other
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 14-08
Breakfast & keynote: J.E. Ramirez-Marquez
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 15-08

Dr. Ramirez-Marquez has been a researcher all his life with an interest in developing computational techniques to solve a variety of problems. His research efforts are currently focused on the reliability analysis and optimization of complex systems, the development of mathematical models for sensor networks operational effectiveness, the computational analysis of resilience and, the development of evolutionary optimization algorithms. He will give a talk about future trends in smart city research.

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Escape room & silent disco
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

During theis evening you can try to get out of an escape room. Next to this we will also have a silent disco. Do not forget to bring your headphones :)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Lunch: blind tasting & nitrogen ice cream
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can do a blind tasting and eat some nitrogen ice cream. There will also be piñata's and some sticks to smash them!

Applying positive psychology I
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Storylab
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

Check our courses.

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Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Eustress
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Beach volleyball party
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Play some beach volleyball and dance to the music of Odem Ska and Reggae Band!

Lunch: happy as a child
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you can be a child again and hit each other with water pistols!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Bram Nauta
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 16-08

Bram Nauta is a professor in Electrical Engineering at the UT and he can tell you everything about chips and circuits. He invented the Nauta Circuit. This invention came to his mind while he was taking a swim. He quickly went out of the pool and asked for pen and paper. Nauta will talk about his invention.

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Dinner: BBQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Bring along your flip-flops, because you'll have an amazing barbecue this evening.

Applying positive psychology II
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 16-08
Grolsch Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 17-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment.

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll get introduced to the courses that are being teached at the University of Twente.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi over breakfast.


She is a Geoinformatics engineer specialized in spatial data management and GIS analysis with a keen interest in spatio-temporal analysis of movement data for understanding human behavior in the context of modern cities.

Wellbeing therapy & Mindfulness
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Human enhancement
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 17-08
Dinner: Happy Italy
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 17-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Band night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

Baby blue is returning to CuriousU! Last year it was a big succes.

Lunch: Dutch olympics
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll do some typical Dutch games.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Lee Vinsel
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 18-08

Lee Vinsel is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He studied Philosophy and History of Technology. He will give a talk about maintenance and innovation in our current society. Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more.

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Physical touch from a distance
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

eHealth
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 18-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

Check our courses.

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Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 19-08

Have a breakfast first.

Free day / city trip etc.
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 19-08

This is your day off. You can e.g. do a city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Pubquiz
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 19-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Health by design project
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Lunch: dancing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a dancing workshop.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Cristina Zaga
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 20-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Cristina Zaga over breakfast. She is a reasearcher in the research group Research Group Human Media Interaction.  Her  research revolves around child-robot cooperative (pro-social) interactions during collaborative games/tasks. 

Health by design project
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 20-08
Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Health by design project
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Llewelyn van Zyl
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Llewelyn van Zyl over breakfast. He is an industrial psychologist. He has a passion for online positive psychological interventions. Van Zyl is on top of his profession, working as a specialist and consultant, and is currently serving as president of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA).

Closing ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2017 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Lunch: labtour
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you can have a tour across all the labs on campus.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Health by design project
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 21-08
Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Check-out
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 22-08

The last day. Check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 22-08

Have a breakfast first.

Learning outcomes

  • Attendees will learn about positive psychology, health psychology and technology linked to wellbeing
  • Attendees will gain knowledge about how to improve health and happiness in various settings (workplace, schools, healthcare)
  • Attendees will learn how to translate their gained knowledge into creating an intervention to improve health and happiness

Course aim

  • Knowing how to improve health and well-being in several areas
  • Designing technological interventions to improve health and well-being
  • Applying knowledge from health psychology, positive psychology, communication sciences, and eHealth to improve health and well-being

Course details

  • Methods: Discussions, lectures, workshops
  • Course level: Beginner's/Intermediate/Advanced
  • Target group: Everyone with an interest in technological interventions with a human touch to improve health and well-being.
  • Required knowledge: Interest in health and well-being.
  • Course leaders: Teuntje Elferink and Jochem Goldberg
  • Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

Want to know more?

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