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The Science of Happiness Class

UC Berkeley and is offering a FREE online class about Happiness!  Though you COULD take the course on your own but let's take it together!

Here is the course description:

Learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life.  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.  Click here for a full course description. 

This is NOT Happiness 101.  Again, this is an online class offered by UC Berkeley via  The online portion of the class will be followed by Q&A from Frank Clayton, Clinical Mental Health Counselor - The Happy Therapist.  The regular Happiness 101 class will be offered beginning January 31st, 2015.

This is a 10 week class from September 13th to November 15th from noon to 3pm.  If you missed any previous classes, join us anyway.  There's sure to be lots of amazing information about Happiness so bring your pen and a friend and join us.

A huge thanks to Kafeneio Coffeehouse.  Without their hospitality, this class would NOT be offered.

9/3/14  UPDATE:  I just got this E-mail from EdX. Please read it all.  Amazing stuff!

We have just under one week until "The Science of Happiness" goes live. We have been grateful to see so many of our 90,000 students from around the world conveying such enthusiasm for the course on its discussion boards and Facebook page.

A reminder about the course's timeline: On September 9 (next Tuesday), we will post the first week's videos and other content. Then we'll post more material every Tuesday for the subsequent three weeks, each week covering a different theme. During the week of October 7, we'll break for a week so you can catch up and take the midterm exam. Then we'll start rolling out new material again every Tuesday for four more weeks. The last week's content, and the final exam, will be posted on November 4. Then you'll have two weeks to catch up and complete the final by November 18.

There are already several exciting ways you can start participating in "The Science of Happiness":

Tell us what makes you happy! To help us all get to know each other better, we invite you to create a very short video (less than 15 seconds) of yourself in which you state your name, where you're from, and what makes you happy. You can post a link to your video--and watch other students' videos--on the course discussion board, if you're comfortable sharing it with the class.

Co-instructors Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas filming a course video.

Take our happiness survey. Thank you to everyone who has already taken our five-minute survey, which measures your current level of happiness. If you haven't already taken it, we encourage you to do so now. All responses are confidential; they will help us measure the impact of the course. Your participation will enable us to report back on how happiness levels relate to factors like students' age, gender, and geography.

"Science of Happiness" community. We are pleased to announce the launch of an online community on a separate, third-party website related to the course, developed by Sennseis, a Silicon Valley start-up with researchers based at Stanford. It is intended to help students find and connect with one another, and share what they know in their specific areas of expertise. It has close to 100 moderators from more than 20 countries to guide the conversations and explore other ways to connect, online and off. This community is hosted on a separate website but builds on the course's content. To join the community, please go to

Introduce yourself on the course discussion boards. We have been thrilled that activity on the "Science of Happiness" discussion boards is taking off. Visit them in order to introduce yourself and explain why you are taking this course. You may also want to check--and add to--this map of where our "Happiness" students reside.

Live video chat with instructors. Save the date: On September 15 at 4 pm UTC, "Science of Happiness" co-instructor Emiliana Simon-Thomas will be joined by special guest lecturer Sonja Lyubomirsky for the first of our live Q&A video chats with students. You will have the opportunity to submit questions to Drs. Simon-Thomas and Lyubomirsky, and they'll answer them in a streaming, real-time video that you'll be able to watch on edX. More details to come!

The course syllabus is now posted as its own page in edX; you can also download a PDF of it frm the course info page. We'll still add some minor details to the syllabus, but this is a nearly final draft. Review it now for a taste of what's to come.

Earn continuing education credit hours. If you're a psychologist, nurse, social worker, MFT, or other mental health professional in the United States, you can earn up to 16 CE credit hours for participating in "The Science of Happiness." Visit our continuing education page for more details.

Receive a Verified Certificate of Achievement. With its Verified Certificates, edX now enables you to provide employers or schools with a higher level of proof that you have completed "The Science of Happiness." edX designed this option for those who want to use the course for job applications, promotions, or school applications. While the course is still free to anyone, you must pay a fee for a Verified Certificate.

Explore the science of happiness on the Greater Good website. If you can't wait until Tuesday, you can read up on the science of happiness on the website of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), which is producing this course. You can also sign up for the GGSC's "Greater Good" e-newsletter, which delivers the latest GGSC content and events to your Inbox.

We look forward to getting started on September 9! Until then, you can email any questions or problems to us at [masked]

With Gratitude,
The Science of Happiness (GG101x) Team

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't seem to get on that Side of town with the marathon....

    September 13, 2014

    • Chris

      September 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      If only I had it before an hour of sitting in traffic and trying to take alternate routes. How was the meeting?

      September 13, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Well...Looks like I have to do Happy tomorrow with my daughter

    September 12, 2014

    • Frank C.

      Okay then. You're welcome to take the first class on your own and then join us for the subsequent classes. Be well.

      September 13, 2014

  • Frank C.

    Okay, I just posted some major announcements in the description box of this event. So click on it and read after the words "UPDATE". To explain, if I copy and pasted it HERE, the links don't come with it. By posting it there, it's all automatically in there. There are seriously some amazing opportunities in there including a chance to Q&A with my happiness hero, Sonja Lyubomirsky!! Check it out :)

    September 3, 2014

  • Juniper W.

    I was wondering, is it possible to get a certificate of completion from taking this class? I did see that it was available through the EdX online course.

    September 3, 2014

    • Frank C.

      Well, anything like that would have to come from them. Since this is not truly MY class (We're all just taking THEIR class together), I wouldn't be able to provide one. I'd suggest signing up via EdX and E-mail them your question. And when you get an answer, maybe you could let us all know what the answer was. I know I'd be intererested :) ~Frank

      September 3, 2014

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