The class How to Live a Happy Life: The Psychology of Well-Being, taught by Fordham professor and clinical psychologist David Marcotte, S.J., was featured on the Today show in honor of World Mental Health Day. According to the 2018 American College Health assessment, 62.3% of college students felt anxiety within the last 12 months. Father Marcotte created his class in an effort to respond to the overwhelming stress that students face. 

Today contributor Donna Farizan spoke to college students about how they boost their well-being and find happiness. One student noted that serving others made them the happiest. “I think that when you take time to give back to our community, to give back to our loved ones, that’s the most rewarding experience.”

Father Marcotte then joined Today’s Hoda Kotb and Willie Geist to talk about how we can all be our best selves.”We need to cultivate skills to live a happy life,” he said. “How do we do that? Keep a calm mind, a positive outlook, build resilience, and be generous.”

Watch the full clip here