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The "Science of Happiness" edX Course Attracts 375,000 Students

Since its launch in September 2014, “The Science of Happiness” edX course has attracted more than 375,000 students, according to Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.

This eight-week, free course, taught by UC Berkeley’s professors Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon Thomas, shares their findings on science and practice.  This course on positive psychology explores the roots of a meaningful life and highlights the idea that happiness is linked to having strong social ties and contributing to something bigger than yourself –the greater good.

Students learn about relevant happiness research through compelling videos featuring professors Keltner and Simon as guest instructors. There are “actionable happiness exercises; accessible reading material; and a weekly “emotion check-in.” “We put the secrets of happiness at your fingertips with just a click of a button”, they say.

The next edition of Science of Happiness starts on September 6, 2016.

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