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Wire Your Brain for Happiness

1.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe how happiness, positive experiences, and emotions affect the brain. The relationship between happiness and neuroplasticity, determinants of happiness, happiness assessment tools, and practices to increase happiness will be examined.
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The hidden power of everyday positive experiences can change your brain and change your life. Everyone wants to be happy and healthy. By focusing on becoming happier and creating positive experiences, research suggests that we will experience increased energy, improved immune function, increased creativity, improved relationships, and increased productivity. Happiness results in a healthier brain, a more vibrant body, and a longer life.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define happiness.
  • Describe positive experiences and emotions.
  • Discuss the relationship between happiness and experience-dependent neuroplasticity.
  • Compare the determinants of happiness.
  • Examine happiness assessment tools.
  • Describe the practices that increase happiness and health.

Can you remember the last time you stopped to experience and enjoy the positive moments that happened in your day? These moments, and the ability to enjoy them, are vital to your health. Everyday positive experiences can change your brain—and your life— for the better. These fleeting experiences create lasting improvements in the brain. Most of us don’t enjoy our positive experiences long enough for them to transform the structure of our brain. Yet our life experiences matter. They influence how we feel in the moment, and research now shows that these experiences increase the number of neural pathways in the brain. These changes in the neural pathways then influence how we feel and how our brain functions. When we experience positive thoughts and emotions, more neural pathways are generated, and more positive thoughts and emotions may be generated (Hanson, 2013). There is power to the statement “Mental states become neural traits” (Hanson, 2013, p. 10).

The human brain is the most important organ in the body. The activity in the brain determines what an individual thinks, feels, says, and does. Neurons are the primary cell in the brain. They are the functional unit of the nervous system and consist of a cell body, an axon, and dendrites. Neurons are specialized cells, conducting electrical and chemical impulses received throughout the body across gaps (synapses) to the brain and back to the body. When these cells conduct impulses (“fire”) based on repeated patterns of behavior or mental activity, more connections and dendrites are created to manage the activity. Nerve cells are, quite literally, being created with everything we think, feel, say, and do. There is a saying in neuroscience that reflects this understanding of the connection between our experiences and our brain. It states “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” Every day, your mind is building your brain (Hanson, 2013).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

October 01, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.