This course provides an opportunity to learn some science-based principles and practices for living a happy, meaningful life.

Everybody wants to be happy, right? In the book stores you can find thousands of books about how to reach happiness and keep it in your life, but how many of them are based on science? This course is based on exactly this.

Here’s what “The Huffington Post” says about the course:

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

About the course

“The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, exploring the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this branch of science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives.

Moreover, the course will equip you with some practical strategies for reaching and maintaining happiness in your life for good!

What you’ll learn:

  • What happiness is and why it matters so much
  • How to increase your level of happiness
  • About the power of social connections and the science of empathy
  • What is mindfulness and its real world applications

Starting date: January 5, 2016

Length: 8 weeks/ Self-Paced

Language: English

Instructors:  Dacher KeltnerEmiliana Simon-Thomas

Institution: UC Berkley 

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