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New Course of the Week – The Science of Happiness

I have a particular fondness for psychology courses, and so this course, The Science of Happiness, caught my attention right away. This new course of the week is being offered by UC Berkeley on the edX platform.

This course claims to be the first MOOC to focus on positive psychology. What percentage of your happiness is genetic, versus caused by your circumstances? And does your daily activities impact your happiness? (Hint: you bet it does!)

From the course introduction:

“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.

All sounds very exciting. If you played Pharrell Williams’ song Happy on repeat and clapped along if you felt” like a room without a roof”, or even if you didn’t, it might be worth checking out this course.


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