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The Psychology of Happiness – Certificate Course #1 February 8th, 2014

Date: February 8 - February 22

Course fee:  Special early bird price for registration before January 31 : $245
Registration after January 31 :  $295

Course Outline

Stimulated by the ground-breaking work of Positive Psychologists such as Martin Seligman, both popular media and academia have seen an upsurge of interest in the new “Science of  Happiness.”

What exactly is “happiness”? Can we measure happiness or peace of mind? What do the latest scientific data tell us about the causes of happiness? How can we use the science of happiness to become happier and fight depression?  We will explore these questions and more while examining the work of philosophers and psychologists from both East and West who have pioneered the exploration of happiness. In doing so, we will examine the remarkable points of  resonance between the insights of the great philosophers, and the more empirically based discoveries of modern psychology.


Paul Desan, MD, PhD, Yale University

Allison Holzer, MAT, Hunters College

Debra Park, Rutgers University

Mark K. Setton, PhD, U. of Bridgeport


Are you interested in obtaining college credit for the above course? If so, please take our questionnaire.


October 2013 Certificate Course; The Psychology & Philosophy of Happiness

Course Outcomes
  1. Participants will become familiar with leading psychological theories of happiness (including Subjective Well-Being and Psychological Well-Being).
  2. Participants will be able to identify points of resonance between well-known philosophical views of happiness and recent scientific discoveries on happiness.
  3. Participants will grasp the practical implications of the science of happiness for human relationships, lifestyles and thinking habits.
Course Work

Course work will include participation in two live webinars, online discussions, brief “reaction” papers on assigned readings, and a course project chosen by participants based on discussions with the teaching staff.

Required texts
  • Csikszentmihalyi,Mihalyi (1997) Finding Flow. Basic Books: New York.
  • Seligman, Martin (2002). Authentic Happiness. Free Press: New York.
  • Hoff, Benjamin (1982), The Tao of Pooh. Dutton/Penguin: New York.

February 2014 Certificate Course; The Psychology & Philosophy of Happiness


For more information see abbreviated course syllabus. Following registration you will receive the full syllabus, including details on assignments.

This two week course from February 8 to February 22  includes two live webinars (Saturday February 8 & Saturday February 22, 1-3 pm, New York time).

For those who do not require a certificate of completion, live webinar attendance is optional (a recorded version is available). Participants can do the readings, view the multimedia materials, and complete assignments at their own pace during the course.

Successful graduates of the course will receive a certificate of completion (in PDF format) signed by the instructors. The course is equivalent to 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit). If you are taking the course to receive a CEU please inquire with your school district about eligibility PRIOR to taking the course. We can supply a detailed syllabus on request.


The course package includes the following material:

  • 2 Live Webinars
  • 2 Week Syllabus
  • Practical Assignments
  • Forum Discussion
  • Faculty Office Hours via Phone & E-mail
  • Webinar Recordings (for those that cannot attend live webinars)
  • Certification of Completion


After submitting the course fee via PayPal or credit card (the credit option is listed under the PayPal option) you will receive a questionnaire regarding your attendance options, as well as full access to the course syllabus and a registration form for the opening webinar.

Refund and cancellation policy: Refunds must be requested at least one week prior to the first class date. A full refund is provided

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