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The Science of Happiness and Positive Psychology (Online Course)

The Science of Happiness: Theory and Practice

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  • Explore leading theories in Positive Psychology on personal happiness and well-being in the workplace
  • Appreciate the implications of recent studies in the social and natural sciences for personal happiness and well-being
  • Explore the remarkable parallels between the modern science of happiness and ancient wisdom

Available Courses

An Introduction to the Science of Happiness (Free Mini-Course)

A free mini-course on Positive Psychology and the science of happiness

Becoming Proficient in the Science of Happiness (Certificate Course)

Learn to identify and implement the 7 habits of happy people in your daily life. Explore the insights of ancient and modern pioneers of psychology. 

Learning How to Teach the Science of Happiness (Certificate Course)

An in-depth course on the science of happiness including live webinars, with an emphasis on instructor training. 

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Course Description

This course on happiness and Positive Psychology examines recent discoveries in the scientific study of happiness, and the practical implications for personal well-being. It is open to all, but will be of special interest to educators, managers, coaches, human service professionals, doctors, psychologists and other health professionals who would like to:

  • Empower others to realize their own potential for happiness, well-being and success
  • Understand the major theories and practices of positive psychology and the science of happiness
  • Infuse current work with an evidence-based focus on positive psychology, resilience and human-flourishing
  • Integrate applications of positive psychology and the science of happiness into daily life
Mark Setton

Mark Setton is the co-founder and CEO of He has studied and published works on East Asian philosophy and well-being for the past 30 years. 

Mark earned his M.A. in philosophy and education at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul and his doctorate at Oxford University. He has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of California at Berkeley, Oxford University and presently, the University of Bridgeport.

Mark and his team design and teach educational programs on the science and implementation of well-being for secondary schools, universities and corporations. 

What People Are Saying

I love The Science of Happiness: Theory and Practice! The Mini-Course is an excellent introduction to the topic with well written, easy to follow content on an easy to use electronic format. I appreciated the background data on depression, diabetes (and more!) as much as I enjoyed learning about the pioneers of happiness psychology. The current recommendations for a happy life are thoughtful, as is the suggestion to concoct one's own particular “happiness soup." Thank you for such a user-friendly, info-packed introductory course that's effortless to access online any time, anywhere!
- Jo Becker
A great introduction to the science of happiness. I was surprised at the level of detailed information in the sections on the theory and practise. Often mini courses lack content but I found this very informative.
- Emma Brown
I was recommended to do this course by a friend in Australia. I am 74 years old and usually very active but with the resections brought about by Covid -19 this gave me an interest. The Course was well structured and presented. Very clear and easy to understand. The content was interesting. At the end I wanted to continue learning.My only comment for improvement would be to have the last module on what we could study next and how to go about it. I am looking forward to learning more about happiness.
- Glenys Simon