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The Science of Happiness

"A free eight-week Science of Happiness course that will offer practical, research-backed tips on living a happy and meaningful life." - The Huffington Post

We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in.

“The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond.

What’s more, “The Science of Happiness” offers students practical strategies for tapping into and nurturing their own happiness, including trying several research-backed activities that foster social and emotional well-being, and exploring how their own happiness changes along the way.

The course’s co-instructors, Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, are not only leading authorities on positive psychology but also gifted teachers skilled at making science fun and personal. They’ll be joined by world-renowned experts discussing themes like empathy, mindfulness, and gratitude—experts including Barbara Fredrickson, Paul Ekman, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Health professionals who register can earn continuing education units for their participation.

Consider signing up for this course with a friend or group - tweet about your registration, share it on Facebook, and use the buddy system to stay on track. Join the conversation on The Greater Good Science Center Facebook page, or in the BerkeleyX: GG101x The Science of Happiness Facebook group.

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Rating 4.4 based on 37 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 4 - 5 hours per week
Starts Jan 8 (20 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Berkeley, BerkeleyX via edX
Instructors Dacher Keltner, Emiliana Simon-Thomas
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences
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science of happiness in 4 reviews

Again, I think this course is really meant as a simple introduction to the science of happiness, yet seems more focused on having the student find his own path to what makes him happy.

Take the course and you might enjoy life a little more by using the science of happiness.

The course is very helpful because it explains in details every aspect of the science of happiness and it is easier to understand when there is so much information so that nothing is left out!

The lectorers are amazing and I am very grateful to them for the hard work they put in order to present this course to so many people around the world and explain to them the science of happiness!

think the course in 3 reviews

The neuroscience is not very rigorous – I think the course directors intentionally made this an easy class so they could get more people to sign up and get through the material.

I think the course should need more of a guidance through the lesson, it could for example start of with a question like: "How can someone/a community maximize their overal joy, happiness & satisfaction" and the deduct best practices by referring to other (previous) research from other fields.

what makes in 3 reviews

I highly recommend this course for everyone who wants to feel happier and to understand what makes them happy!

worth it in 3 reviews

It took some time to do, but it is well worth it.

Obtaining happiness can be difficult but the pursuit is worth it.

For me it was worth it but if you fall behind on the weeks I couldn't imagine you catching up easily.

own happiness in 3 reviews

On the one hand, there is quite a bit of information provided on what make someone happy, but on the other, this is definitely a "touchy-feely" course that uses weekly happiness surveys and encourages keeping a journal to measure your own happiness.

It gives you many techniques that you can practice to improve your own happiness, as well as tons of scientific information to back it up.

`` touchy-feely '' in 0 reviews

Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Adjunct Professor, Graduate Psychology $47k

Positive Pay Specialist $48k

Research Professor, School of Psychology $50k

Chair, Psychology Department $53k

Assistant Professor of Psychology 2 $56k

Professor of Psychology; department chair $59k

Program Administrator, Positive Health Mnagement $62k

Professor of Psychology and Chair of Psychology Department $67k

Adjunct Lecturer in Psychology $73k

Dean of Faculty; Professor of Psychology $93k

Assistant Commonwealth Professor of Psychology $99k

Assistant Professor of Education and Psychology $131k

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Rating 4.4 based on 37 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 4 - 5 hours per week
Starts Jan 8 (20 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Berkeley, BerkeleyX via edX
Instructors Dacher Keltner, Emiliana Simon-Thomas
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences
Tags Social Sciences

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