We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get it. It may be difficult, even disheartening, to dig in. But what can science teach us about the nature of happiness?

Led by experts from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), this workshop will explore the roots of personal happiness and offer concrete, science-based approaches to boosting happiness in yourself and others. Utilizing new findings from psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and more, the workshop will zero in on the ways that happiness stems from strong, supportive relationships; from the cultivation of mindfulness; and from “pro-social” qualities like compassion, altruism, and gratitude. It will also elaborate on new areas of scientific focus, particularly the science of awe and wonder.

This in-person builds on material from the GGSC’s new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “The Science of Happiness,” a free online course hosted on edX.org, although the online course is not a prerequisite for this workshop.

Lectures will be complemented by group discussion and experience with research-tested “happiness practices.” Significant time will be devoted to the importance of “fit”—that is, finding the happiness practices that are best suited to your individual lifestyle and personality in order to maximize the benefits that the science can offer you.

CE credit for psychologists, MFTs and LCSWs.