Since the GGSC's FREE Science of Happiness online course first launched in September 2014, it's been hugely popular: it's one of the top 10 courses on the edX platform and more than 375,000 students have registered for it.  Here is what some of them have to say:

"Excellent life-improvement lessons."

"This is the most useful course I have ever taken. The materials that were offered in this course completely changed my perspective towards life."

"The weekly practices in this course made it possible for me to actually integrate the course material into my life and experience the benefits on a daily basis."

The free eight-week course explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life through science and practice. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from the latest research, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. The course is divided into eight one-week segments, with an additional week in the middle for a midterm and an extra week at the end for a final exam, though students have six months to complete the material at their own pace if they wish.

Taught by UC Berkeley's Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, The Science of Happiness 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 most recent and relevant happiness research through compelling videos featuring Dacher and Emiliana as well as expert guest instructors; actionable happiness exercises; accessible reading material; and a weekly "emotion check-in."

And it works: previous participants have reported serious increases in happiness and life satisfaction, with a corresponding decrease in stress.

Continuing Education

Six or 16 units of continuing education are available to psychologists, social workers, MFTs, therapist, counselors, nurses and teachers. More info here.   

Taking the Course as a Team

Why not take the class as a team? We now offer a facilitator's guide to help you organize in-person meetings to coincide with the run of the course.

The guide provides week-by-week instructions for how to present key topics; addresses the most common questions students have; and helps you try out suggested exercises, activities, and practices from the course in a group setting. 

If you have questions about how your group can take the course or would like further information about the facilitator's guide, contact GGSC Marketing Director Elise Proulx directly at

Verified Track

Please note the course is free, simply choose "Audit This Course." However, edX (the online education platform which houses the course) also offers a Verified Track for $49. The course is identical, but you'll receive a certificate of completion of the classwork. 

If you plan to use your course for job applications, promotions, or school applications, you may prefer to have a verified certificate. It’s also a great way to give yourself an incentive to complete the course and celebrate your success.