The science of spirituality, well-being, and shared happiness
We all agree that happiness is not something that happens only in solitude, but rather something that often happens when we are in positive interactions with people and the world around us. Why is it that we can easily agree on the definitions of “happiness” and “well-being” but face the challenge of coming up with a widely-agreed upon definition for the term "spirituality"? Is it because it is a kind of human experience or energy that transcends the material world? Perhaps it is because it is linked to a kind of human experience that engages both the human heart and brain. The good news is that we can use the recent scientific discoveries in the areas of neuroscience, playfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology to discover how shared happiness, well-being, and spirituality are interconnected. The “pursuit of happiness” is foundational in Western culture and we will continue with more happiness and well-being as long as we mindfully say “yes” to spiritual experience and its inevitable connection with noble purposes in life and better human relations.
Al Razavi is the founder and director of Dramasports Interactive. He has a diverse educational and professional background. He holds two undergraduate degrees in engineering and two graduate degrees in Performing Arts and Education. As an educator and trainer in California public schools and colleges, he has been teaching a wide range of classes including science and performing arts. In addition, he has developed and integrated a wide variety of research-based approaches to teaching practical tools and usable skills to children and adults in the areas of team building, performance training, stress management, and conflict resolution. He has successfully applied the principles of the F.M. Alexander Technique, the heart coherence breathing technique, improvisational theater techniques, and mindfulness meditation in developing happy and productive family and organizational teams. He was awarded the Partnership for Excellence Scholarship grant by Mt. San Jacinto College for developing performance training programs for California public schools. Al has presented many workshops in the areas of team building, leadership development, and performing arts at national and international conferences. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild of America (SAG-AFTRA) and an active member of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN).