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Tuesday, May. 12, 2015
Professor SunWolf is teaching Communication 100A: The Science of Happiness. On the second day of class, she gives each student a purple no-complaint bracelet, which they are told to wear continuously for 21 days. This is part of the now viral Complaint-Free Movement, started by a minister, Will Bowan, who challenged his congregants to stop complaining.
Studies show that to change a habit, it is necessary to string together 21 days of the behavior you want to start (or stop). While Professor SunWolf’s students would not have time to string 21 complaint-free days together — it took Reverend Bowan six months to do that himself — they are challenged to journal each day and string together as many complaint-free days as they can as they study the toxic effects of social complaining on happiness.
Peter Summerville is taking the class and interning for Gabe Kapler, a former Major League Baseball player who is now a health and fitness guru. Kapler publishes a popular blog, and he gave Peter a chance to create a guest post that touched on the course. Peter wrote:
"You may be asking yourself what the point is. The major by-product of not complaining is happiness. I don’t think I am re-inventing the wheel when I say that complaining is a serious factor affecting moods and happiness in all people.
"One of the most rewarding parts for me has been writing in my journal every night about my complaints. Through my writing, I note and accept my mistakes, but also consider the reasons why other people are complaining, so that I can learn from others. I like the personal evaluation I have given myself, and I have learned a lot about when others tend to complain."
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Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014
Communication majors celebrate the completion of their Senior Thesis course entitled The Science of Happiness (COMM 197) with Professor Sunwolf. The class blew bubbles in the atrium of the Arts & Sciences Building, a symbolic culmination of all the research they synthesized about happiness (getting it, losing it, keeping it). Congratulations to Blair Boone, Sabrina Brutocao, Brittany Calvo, Jaclyn Cardosa, Sylvana Dalsgaard, Paula Gonzalez, Sarah Jackson, Laura Jalalian, Alexandra Johnston, Ashley Pinnell, Jeffrey Ramos, Sasha Sommer, Caroline Stouffer, Megan Swindells, and Veronica Yu.
Monday, May. 13, 2013
Twitter may limit posts to 140 characters, but Communication Professor SunWolf sees it as another way to convey insightful thoughts about a wide variety of complex topics. “For me, Twitter's appeal includes a writer's needful tool — succinctness and clarity of thought that grabs attention,” she said. “It allows me to regularly talk with scientists and poets, for example, in India, Australia, South America, and Great Britain,” she said.
SunWolf created three Twitter accounts four years ago. One is for lawyers, featuring tweets about jury cases, strategies, laws, and verdicts. Another is literary and includes bits of haiku poetry, whimsy, and observations about life. @TheSocialBrain, which has more than 14,000 followers around the world, is about social behavior. It has gained so much attention from some top scientists and universities that last year the Huffington Post named SunWolf one of 30 national high-profile scientists who tweet on neuroscience.
“My Twitter accounts allow me to talk with other scholars but also with ordinary folks on the street, who are interested in the scholarship I create, from poetry to law to human behavior,” she said.