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The Science of Happiness: 
Theory and Practice 

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Course Objectives

  • 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 in the workplace

  • • Learn how to convey the resulting insights to relevant audiences in engaging ways

  • • Explore the synergy between the insights of the great philosophical thinkers and the modern science of happiness

Course Description

This course on happiness will examine recent discoveries in the scientific study of happiness, their concrete implications for student well-being and performance, and strategies to integrate these new insights into existing curricula. 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
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mark setton

Dr. Mark K. Setton

Mark Setton is the co-founder and CEO of Pursuit-of-Happiness.org. He has studied and published works on East Asian philosophy and well-being for the past 30 years. He earned his B.A. and 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. 

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

A free mini-course on the introduction to the science of happiness.

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

Learning How to Teach the Science of Happiness

Explore further into the 7 habits of happy people, along with even more psychological insights. Learn how to bring the science of happiness to others.