Monday, November 24, 2014

MOOC The Science of Happiness - Enroll the self-paced version!

Self-paced version of "The Science of Happiness" launching on December 1!

You can register now for a completely self-paced version of this course! You'll just need to complete the graded assignments by May 31, 2015, to earn a certificate of completion. I enjoyed the course! It was the second MOOC I enrolled so far. I did midterm and final exam this November and I will get my certificate soon. Look! I am really proud of this.


I found this course very interesting. I have to say I knew nothing about Positive Psychology before I made these readings nor Psychology was an interest of mine. I enrolled out of pure curiosity. I found many of the subjects fascinating. So I have no problems to challenge you to enroll. It's free quality knowledge and unlike myself you will not suffer from the pressure of time. 

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

Have a look at the contents:

Week 1: Introduction to the Science of Happiness

Week 2: Happiness & Human Connection

Week 3: Kindness & Compassion

Week 4: Cooperation & Forgiveness

Week 5: Midterm Exam (and time to catch up on course material)

Week 6: Mindfulness, Attention, and Focus

Week 7: Mental Habits of Happiness: Self-Compassion, Flow, and Optimism

Week 8: Gratitude

Week 9: Finding Your Happiness Fit and the New Frontiers

Final Exam


"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” will offer students practical strategies for nurturing their own happiness. Research suggests that up to 40 percent of happiness depends on our habits and activities. So students will learn many different research-tested practices that foster social and emotional well-being—and the course will help them track their happiness along the way.
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