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"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...

"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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7/10 starsDropped
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4 years, 4 months ago
Writing a review for this course is pretty difficult. 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. 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. Computer graded homework assignments are a breeze. 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.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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11 months, 3 weeks ago
Very nice course, which brings some important topic from positive psychology. The authors of the course stay very scientific in the evaluations, and make a great overview of different methods and techniques to increase happiness. Interesting and helpful.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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12 months ago
The science of happiness is really great and helpful course. I really enjoyed it. After taking this course I feel much happier and I always have tools with me to keep that happiness going. The instructors are very helpful. Thank you :)
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Lisanne Deterd

6/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 5 months ago
Hello, i really want to enroll in this course, but it's not currently available. I was just wondering when the new enroll period begins?
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8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 5 months ago
I have really enjoyed the course. I hope I´ll be able to remember and practise some of the key ideas. Thank you for the course !
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Bernie Koenig

9/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 5 months ago
This is a great course for people seeking to understand happiness and to learn the tools that can help us become happier in life. It is also a course on positive psychology that will help you understand the things that will definitely make you unhappier in life. A very interesting course that will reveal the effect of oxytocin, cortisol, and other hormones in our brains. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended!
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10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 6 months ago
I have really enjoyed this course. Prior to starting I was slightly afraid that it would be sort of 'rainbow and bunny rabbitish,' however it is rooted in neuroscience and research. I am an ACT therapist, I work in a community non-profit agency, and I have incorporated a number of concepts from this class into therapy. Very well done, a review of a number of disciplines related to positive psychology.
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1 year, 6 months ago
The class should be renamed "The Science of Happiness For Extroverts". Like so much else in Western culture, this course and the material it covers is heavily biased toward the "outgoing, gregarious" personality, so prized by our corporate, consumer-driven society. No consideration is given to the fact that the activities/lifestyles that make extroverts "happy" (e.g. vigorous social interaction with large groups of people) often simply put more stress on the introvert. A common oversight.
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1/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 6 months ago
no its sucked nit needs more thing in it like not r but c and not w buy q like get to th egame plan and stop messing up
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1 year, 7 months ago
Pretty interesting course. I learned how much trials go into even a simple concept like happiness. I feel that the course could have been condensed much more. Videos were quite long. The instructors were reading off of a script.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
Personally I really loved this class! I apply the things I have learned every day and I am determined to read most of the recommended books! Everybody should do this class! The only suggestion I would like to make, is that in the beginning you could add in a short list of the type of things someone will find when he advances in the classes. Because I found the being very scientific, which is good for understanding what happens in the body when you feel happy, but I read all of the beginning lessons wondering if I was going to find out about practical ways to impact my happiness. Now I having finished the class and I can say that I really have all the needed information and all I need to do is to apply it more and more. A special Thanks for Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas! I really appreciated both of you for your teaching, your personalities and the way you work together! This is an extraordinary course!
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
2011年,我经历人生的低潮,在工作和生活的双重压力下,我患上忧郁症。在老公的苦苦劝说下,辞职做了全职太太。在以后很长一段时间,依靠药物艰难度日。 听说积极心理学是在2012年,看了泰勒·本-沙哈尔的书《幸福的方法》,我开始努力的调整自己的心态,寻找生活的意义。但作为家庭主妇,我很难在找到在职场中那种成就感。“Flirting with disaster every day (每天和灾难调情 - 老板对我们工作性质的评价)” 我不断的问自己什么是幸福? 以前自己写过以下两段的文字: “移民前,曾经想象过自己在加拿大的幸福生活:一杯香浓的巧克力,一张软软的摇椅,在暖暖的壁炉前,听着轻音乐看一本有趣的书,偶尔抬头欣赏窗外的飞雪。 如今,我拥有这一切,可我失去了欣赏它的心情。” “小时候的幸福就上考上重点学校,上重点大学。上了重点大学后,幸福就是找个好工作。 工作了,幸福就是嫁一个能干的老公,然后是出国。移民了,幸福就是能上学读书,能找到一份好工作。然后,幸福变成了有一个孩子,变成了买一个独立的别墅和读完我的行业证书。 2010年12月13日,我在我幸福目标上的所有项目都完成了。12月8日考完了最后一门课。老师说我成绩不错。 12月13日买下了一个独立的别墅。 2月份,我,老公和儿子就又有一个完全属于自己的家了。 谁能告诉我现在什么是幸福? 下一个目标是什么?” 通过这门课程的学习,在这10周的时间里,这个课程提供了很完美的答案,和很多实用的解决方案。 “Happiness:the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.”(幸福是一种快乐,满足,或积极的体验,是一种能够体会到生活是美好的,有意义的,而且有价值的感觉。”) 以下是几个我认为对我最有帮助的作业和观点: 第一周的作业:写下三件让你开心的事情。这是一个非常简单的作业,但它让我的注意力转移到了一... 2011年,我经历人生的低潮,在工作和生活的双重压力下,我患上忧郁症。在老公的苦苦劝说下,辞职做了全职太太。在以后很长一段时间,依靠药物艰难度日。 听说积极心理学是在2012年,看了泰勒·本-沙哈尔的书《幸福的方法》,我开始努力的调整自己的心态,寻找生活的意义。但作为家庭主妇,我很难在找到在职场中那种成就感。“Flirting with disaster every day (每天和灾难调情 - 老板对我们工作性质的评价)” 我不断的问自己什么是幸福? 以前自己写过以下两段的文字: “移民前,曾经想象过自己在加拿大的幸福生活:一杯香浓的巧克力,一张软软的摇椅,在暖暖的壁炉前,听着轻音乐看一本有趣的书,偶尔抬头欣赏窗外的飞雪。 如今,我拥有这一切,可我失去了欣赏它的心情。” “小时候的幸福就上考上重点学校,上重点大学。上了重点大学后,幸福就是找个好工作。 工作了,幸福就是嫁一个能干的老公,然后是出国。移民了,幸福就是能上学读书,能找到一份好工作。然后,幸福变成了有一个孩子,变成了买一个独立的别墅和读完我的行业证书。 2010年12月13日,我在我幸福目标上的所有项目都完成了。12月8日考完了最后一门课。老师说我成绩不错。 12月13日买下了一个独立的别墅。 2月份,我,老公和儿子就又有一个完全属于自己的家了。 谁能告诉我现在什么是幸福? 下一个目标是什么?” 通过这门课程的学习,在这10周的时间里,这个课程提供了很完美的答案,和很多实用的解决方案。 “Happiness:the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.”(幸福是一种快乐,满足,或积极的体验,是一种能够体会到生活是美好的,有意义的,而且有价值的感觉。”) 以下是几个我认为对我最有帮助的作业和观点: 第一周的作业:写下三件让你开心的事情。这是一个非常简单的作业,但它让我的注意力转移到了一些开心的事情上,每天睡觉的时候都有一个愉悦的心情。所以,当我在写第四天的作业的时候,我注意到自己的睡眠好一些了。主要感觉是:入睡比较快,睡得比较沉。对于一个曾经的每天只能睡三个小时的忧郁症患者,现在依然饱受失眠困扰的人来说,这是一个巨大的改善。 第四周:宽恕。这一周的内容对我的改变至关重要。少年痛苦的人生经历对我的人生影响巨大。我不知道我的人生中,居然可以有这个选项。我不知道我是否可以做到,但知道有这个选项后,我的生活开始有了一个全新的视角。对于我而言:可以说是选择宽恕,放自己一条生路。 第五周的作业:专注呼吸(类似冥想)。要求很简单:一周时间,每天15分钟,练习如何专注的呼吸。只是注意自己的呼吸,不要想其它的事情。学习了这周的课程,我才知道,走神居然有如此巨大的危害。走神时,人很多时候是在回忆过去(revisit your past),计划将来(plan your future)。回忆过去,我常常总结自己为什么当时没有做好,于是在内心里责怪自己,人变得更加忧郁。计划将来,我常常在心里梳理每一个细节,计划着最完美的结果。但事情不总是按我的想法来,如果没有出差错,我认为是理所当然,从来不会表扬自己;一旦事情出差错,我会很生气(为什么当初我没有考虑到这个细节?),于是更加焦虑。 学习了这周的课程,我才知道,为什么心理医生要求患有忧郁症的病人:stop thinking, start to live(停止思考,开始生活)。只有专注于现在,人才能容易获得幸福感。在以往的冥想练习中,我觉得非常累。我注重延长呼吸,屏气(hold your breath),这样搞得自己非常累。我不容许自己走神,但我很快发现自己又走神了,于是狠狠地责备自己。这样的冥想不是在放松,不是在培养专注力,而是一种辛苦的工作,在培养自己的愤怒、紧张和烦躁。在这门课程中,按老师的要求自由、正常、轻松的呼吸,不要延长呼吸,不要屏住呼吸,只是知道自己需要专注呼吸就好了。发现自己走神时,只需要提醒自己:嘿!亲爱的你走神了,快回来吧。然后,重新开始就可以了。不要批评,自己鼓励自己多多练习:“what you practice gets stronger.”(熟能生巧)。很多次我躺在床上练习,练着练着,自己就睡着了。现在自己在散步时,也能做这个练习了,专注能力提示了很多。 第七周:自我怜悯。要强的人对自己要求都很严格。我们经常非常严厉的对待自己。我知道很多人因为对自己不满意,曾经狠狠的伤害过自己。学习这周的课程,我知道了只有全面的接受自己,才能改变自己。“忧郁症不是一个人的弱点,它只是告诉你:你选择坚强的时间太长了。(Depression Is Not a Sign of Weakness. It Is a Sign That You Have Been Trying to Be Strong for Too Long)"。每天睡觉前,给自己一个拥抱。让自己有一个柔软的心情,进入梦乡。 第八周:感恩。学会感恩,表达你的感恩。不仅能提升自己的幸福感,而且能让周围的人都能感觉到幸福,这样可以增大你的社交范围,和周围的人有更多的联系,这是感觉到幸福的重要方法之一。在儿子的学校里,印度人开始了一个传统:过生日的小朋友会给全班的小朋友一个礼物袋(loot bag)。几个星期前,一位华人妈妈的小儿子也送给了我儿子一个。儿子很喜欢其中一个套在手指头上的手电筒,说是:可以发射激光的枪。第三天,在等儿子放学的时候,我看见这位妈妈远远的站在我后面。我走过去对她表示感谢,谢谢他儿子的礼物。然后,我们开始聊天。以后,只要有机会我们都会说说话。一天,她的大儿子放学了,她还没来。我就告诉她大儿子:妈妈还没有来,你需要再耐心等一会。他大儿子问我:你和我妈妈从小就是好朋友吗?我说:不是。你弟弟和我的儿子在一个班上,我们是这么认识的。他说:你是第一个我妈妈在这里认识的朋友。从这件事情上我得到了很多的鼓励。我积极的和周围的妈妈交流,提供力所能及的帮助:帮不懂英文的妈妈翻译学校的文件,帮有事来不及送孩子的妈妈送孩子上学,给大家介绍好看的电视连续剧。几个星期下来效果显著。本来周围的妈妈有自己的圈子,讲广东话的妈妈、讲普通话的妈妈和讲福建话的妈妈之间从不交流,但现在大家常常站在一起用普通话聊聊天,分享以下自己种的花、种的菜、做的可口饭菜、育儿经验、抱怨老公、娱乐新闻等。大家每天笑笑,心情愉悦很多。 今年12月1日,这门课程会从新提供给大家。而且这次,这一门变成了自适应的课程。你可以根据自己的时间来觉得学习的速度,只要你在2015年5月31日前完成就可以了。(You can also register now for a completely self-paced version of the course, which offers a new opportunity for a certificate and discussions with classmates. The self-paced course will go live on December 1, with all course material available at once. You'll just need to complete the graded assignments by May 31, 2015, to earn a certificate of completion.)但这门课程阅读量很大,对于英语不是母语的人而言,每周4-5个小时的时间,远远不够。上课时,同学给老师提了建议:让他们多给点时间给大家。结果老师还真的把考试结束的时间从11月16日,给推迟到了11月25日。否则,我肯定完不成。刚开始时,我同时在学三门课。学到一半,放弃了另外两门课程,专心学这一门,这样拼命的赶,才学完。没有拿到优秀,总分只考了79分。(将来我会再学一次,争取拿到优秀。) 在西方有“happy wife, happy life”的说法。老公们常常用它来劝解自己满足太太们的要求。可是,成为一个幸福的妻子,拥有一个幸福的家庭,光靠老公满足妻子的要求是不够的。作为妻 子,尤其是全职太太,将自己变成一个幸福的人对于家庭至关重要。因为,你是整个家庭的中心。你可能没有想到,当你深情款款的对老公辛苦的工作表示感谢,对他会有多么的重要。当我这么做的时候,我看到了老公眼里闪动的泪花。一个幸福的人在面对困难的时候,更多的选择是坚持。当儿子气得自己七窍生烟时,这种坚 持表现为控制情绪,理性的面对,和他讲道理,而不是大发脾气,惩罚他。 获得幸福的方法有很多种,希望大家在学习这门课程以后。能够找到一种或几种适合自己的方法,让自己更加幸福,远离忧郁症。 我推荐大家都来学学,尤其是患了或者患过忧郁症的朋友。这门课程不仅给我打开了一扇门,它犹如一缕阳光照进了我的世界让我感受到生活的幸福。我相信它也能让你用一种不同的心态去看待生活,让你在平凡的世界里获得更多的幸福。
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
This will be my 6th time taking this course! Not because I am a slow processor but because there so much in it that I want to live every day. I am signing on to be a TA and plan to start a local Happiness group in my new hometown. I do not say lightly that if you practice what you learn here, your life will change for the better. This is practical, hands on stuff along with the latest in psychological and neurological research. Don't miss it!
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Giovanna Calistro

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
A life-changing course for me. I started it thinking it would be focused on theories about happiness, but it turned out to be also very practical and useful to my daily life.
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Daniela Ferreira

10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 11 months ago
Excellent course, plenty of resources and interesting articles, and great lecturers. The content is useful for applying in a clinical setting, educational setting or even just for your own knowledge/ personal development.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 12 months ago
Excellent course - a great combination of research and practical applications - very effective in raising self-awareness and in implementing strategies for personal happiness elevation. Highly recommended.
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Dylan Reddy

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years ago
Thanks!
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Janette Lin

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
The class is very well designed and provides many practical tools for me to use. I have benefited from the class tremendously and I am much happier after finishing the class. I continue to apply what I learn after the class. This is a class that changes my life. I strongly recommend this class to anyone.
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Jagdish Dave

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
aI have taken a few online courses pertaining to wellness.Happiness to Science course meet my expectations and beyond.The course has a nice balance between conceptual and research based scientific knowledge and experiential learning.I appreciate the breadth and depth of the subject matter, the talks given by experts in their fields, the videos and the both instructors.They have a good grasp of the subject matter. They are passionate about teaching and their presentations are clear, interesting and engaging.
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Eunice Ogbonna

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 2 months ago
The course is an interesting one. Talking about happiness is what can't be underestimated. Happiness is simply a state of being happy. Happiness comes in so many ways. It could be from a relationship or money or family. Happiness is what makes life worth living. When one is not happy , he or she feels sad and depressed. Happiness is a great medicine to our souls. It makes us strong and healthy.
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Kelly Hinkle

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
This is one of the best courses I've ever taken in anything. It's actually helpful in real life, and helped give clear terms to feelings everyone has experienced. So amazing! I just wish there was more. I tell all my friends to take it!
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Ole Helgerson

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
Good job all around. Practical insights and 'how to' methods which came across as built upon research and or careful academic thought. As some one who was involved with adult education at the university level, my hat is off to the organizers. The curriculum struck me as well organized, solid, straight forward, with friendly presentations. One of the better things I have done with my life. All good.
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Avi oron

8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 4 months ago
It's an great course, nicely introduced with some top of their field guest lecturers. More scientific depth would have been appreciated. Loved it.
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Oscar CARVAJAL

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 4 months ago
This was an incredible experience. I am in tears. I think there are many things to highlight about this course that would not be fair if I name any of it. People have to work hard but the reward of this will change your life for good. I assure you. Thanks a lot
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Alicia B.

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 4 months ago
This course requires dedication and more than 6 hours a week. The content is really interesting and educational. I enjoyed it very much and I highly recommend it for anyone who likes psychology, spirituality and/or is looking to improve themeselves and help others be happier. I ended up paying because I want to support quality courses like this one. I loved the teachers, Emiliana and Dacher.
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Davorin Pandel

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 4 months ago
This course offers an uprecedented wealth of resources. I have the feeling that if I redid it three more times, I would still keep on learning new things. If offers insights into cutting edge scientific research around happiness, gratitude, awe, pro-social behavior, etc. Even though the course is not primarily intended to as psychotheraphy (at all!), it does offer tools (also very practical) for improving the quality of life in general, paired with scientific proof of what works and what doesn't.
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David C

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
I think that this course is a life-changing course. I think it was great. The instructors were really good, and so was the material taught.I am very grateful to had the opportunity to take this fantastic course for free, thank you edX and instructors!
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8/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 5 months ago
I audited this course. The course introduces ways of making yourself happier. You may know many of the titles: gratitude, compassion,...beforehand. However, while watching the videos you can focus on your own life to see what you have done to make yourself happier. It is generally a good course. Recommended. Even watching the videos makes you happier because you are trying to implement the ideas in your life subconsciously. The instructors are nice and kind and they really match what they are teaching. I don't give it a 5 because it is a little bit naive. The course does not raise serious challenges of being happy.
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Amer Al Khatib

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
This is a very important course for anyone wishing to learn about happiness from a scientific point of view and at the same time establish a strong link with our daily lives and interactions. I was so much interested and taken by the course to the point of going all the way in reading every article, watching every video and doing all exercises, problems and tests. I ended up feeling more informed about happiness and very eager to deepen my knowledge in this subject. I strongly recommend the course to anyone wishing to pursue a career in a happiness-related subject. The instructors were professional, amusing and knew how to convey their knowledge easily and clearly. I took the course in a stage in my life while I needed it the most and it worked very, very well.
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Carmen Serrat-Valera

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 6 months ago
I am very satisfied with the course, but I am 68 and I am still working. I am very busy. I don't need the certificate. I studie on my own , at my own rythm
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