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The Psychology of Happiness
Online Certificate Course


Course outcomes

After completing this course, individuals will be able to:

  • Apply this new field of knowledge in the pursuit of greater happiness in their own personal experience and professional goals.
  • Grasp the basic principles of Positive Psychology.
  • Become acquainted with recent scientific studies on happiness.
  • Describe the practical applications of the science of happiness for human relationships, lifestyles, and thinking habits.
  • Identify the remarkable parallels between well-known philosophical views of happiness and recent scientific discoveries on happiness.

Course work

The course will include live webinar participation and online participation in discussion forums. Opportunities for live interaction with instructors, via audio and text, are provided. Course work includes brief reflections on assigned readings and videos, and the creation of a mini-lesson (presentation) on a topic of your choice (opportunities are provided to plan the topic with course instructors). This course is designed to be equivalent to one CEU for educators, social workers, coaches, and psychologists.

A total of two webinars will take place at the beginning and end of the 3 week course (participants who are unable to attend the live webinars can access the webinar recordings, though live participation is required for the second webinar if you require a certificate of completion). The webinars will be conducted via GoToWebinar and login instructions will be sent to students prior to each meeting. Online forum participation and access to course materials take place via the online learning portal. Once registered, students will receive detailed instructions on how to log into the online portal. Students are expected to contribute one reflection and at least two comments on each assignment.

Required texts

Readings are distributed in the form of downloadable PDF documents. In addition, students will read sections of the following classical 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.
  • Frankl, Viktor (1959), Man's Search for Meaning.


Students who wish to receive a certificate of completion must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete all written reflections and practical assignments listed on the syllabus.
  • Respond to at least two classmates’ assignments for each of the assignments posted.
  • Complete the final project and present in the final webinar.

And last but not least, we wish you a wonderful experience!

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