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The Science of Happiness
Course Is Now Live! Take It at Your Own Pace Through May 2015
An unprecedented free online course exploring the roots of a happy, meaningful life. Co-taught by the GGSC’s Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas. Up to 16 CE credit hours available.
We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in.
“The Science of Happiness” is a free, eight-week online course that explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives.
Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course zeroes in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social ties and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond.
What’s more, “The Science of Happiness” will offer students practical strategies for nurturing their own happiness. Research suggests that up to 40 percent of happiness depends on our habits and activities. So each week, students will learn a new research-tested practice that fosters social and emotional well-being—and the course will help them track their progress along the way.
The course will include:
- Short videos featuring the co-instructors and guest lectures from top experts on the science of happiness;
- Articles and other readings that make the science accessible and understandable to non-academics;
- Weekly “happiness practices”—real-world exercises that students can try on their own, all based on research linking these practices to greater happiness;
- Tests, quizzes, polls, and a weekly “emotion check-in” that help students gauge their happiness and track their progress over time;
- Discussion boards where students can share ideas with one another and submit questions to their instructors.
The course will be led by two celebrated teachers from the Greater Good Science Center: Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., the GGSC’s science director, and GGSC founder Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., who is a psychology professor at UC Berkeley and author of the best-selling book Born to Be Good. It will also feature guest presentations by some of the world’s leading authorities on positive psychology, including Rick Hanson, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Students will be able to proceed through this course at their own pace. However, students who participate between September 9 (the course’s launch date) and November 4 will have more opportunities to interact with instructors and fellow students. “The Science of Happiness” is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), hosted on the edX platform, meaning that it will enroll students from all over the world. Though there are many opportunities for students to interact within the course, the opportunities for live interaction with the instructors are limited.
Interested in receiving continuing education units? Click here for more details about how you can receive 6 or 16 credit hours for taking “The Science of Happiness.”
Continuing Education for “The Science of Happiness”
This online course is approved for 16 CE credit hours for psychologists, therapists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and members of NIRSA. A shorter, introductory version is approved for 6 CE credit hours. Continuing Education for this course is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.
In order to earn CE credit hours for participating in this online course, you must:
1. Register for CE credit through the course’s continuing education co-sponsor, R. Cassidy Seminars (RCS), paying for either 16 CE credit hours or 6 CE credit hours. When you register for CE credit, you will create a login through the RCS website.
2. Register separately for “The Science of Happiness” for free on the edX platform. You must do this in order to access the course materials on edX; the course materials can be accessed for free anytime after September 9.
3. Complete a self-test measuring your understanding of the course material. You can access the self-test through the R. Cassidy Seminars website any time after the course launches. You can answer test questions while you’re still taking the course or after you’ve completed the entire course, and you can stop the test at any time—you’ll just need to click the Submit Answers button before leaving the page. When you next log in, you will return to the page that follows your last submitted answers. A score of 75 percent is required to pass the test. Should you score less than 75 percent, you will have the opportunity to view your incorrect responses and retake the test immediately.
4. Once you pass the test, an evaluation form will come up on your screen. Please fill this out completely, as it is a requirement of each licensing board.
5. A continuing education certificate of completion will appear on your screen after you’ve passed the self-test and filled out the evaluation. We recommend that you print it for your records, though R. Cassidy Seminars does maintain a record of your course completion and your certificate in case you need it in the future.
For any questions related to continuing education credit for this course, email R. Cassidy Seminars staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 888-992-9199.
Click the links below to learn more and register for the 16 or 6 CE version.
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Continuing Education is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.
Drug and Alcohol Counselors: Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC. Provider 4N-00-434-0216 for 16 CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states.
ICF Coaches can receive a Resource Development Certificate for completing the course. The Certificate will be issued jointly by R. Cassidy and the Greater Good Science Center.
Marriage and Family Therapists: Course meets the qualifications for (16) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE418. This course provides 6 CE hours.
NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation will offer 1.6 NIRSA Continuing Educaiton Units for the eight week course. NIRSA Continuing Education Units can be applied toward application or renewal requirements for the NIRSA Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals.
Nurses: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (16) contact hours.
Occupational Therapists: R. Cassidy Seminars is an AOTA approved provider # 6782. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Occupational therapists will receive a certificate of completion for (16) CE hours. 1 CE hour(s) = .1 AOTA CEU(s).
Psychologists: R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. (16) CE hours.
Social Workers: Course meets the qualifications for (16) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE418.