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Free Online Course on Foundations of Happiness at Work

The University of California is offering free online course on the Foundations of Happiness at Work. This course explains what happiness at work looks like, why it matters, and how to cultivate it.

In this four week course, applicants will learn why happiness at work matters and how to increase it within yourself and across your organization. This course will start on April 3, 2018.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 2 hours pw
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: University of California and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $149
Session: Course Starts on April 3, 2018

Providers’ Details

The University of California, Berkeley was chartered in 1868, and its flagship campus – envisioned as a “City of Learning” – was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Berkeley faculty consists of 1,582 full-time and 500 part-time faculty members dispersed among more than 130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units.

About This Course

This course explains what happiness at work looks like, why it matters, and how to cultivate it.

It begins by defining happiness and making the case that happiness at work improves the performance of individual employees and organizations as a whole, increasing innovation, productivity, engagement, retention, and the quality of their work.

Why Take This Course?

The course presents a practical framework for workplace happiness and explores accessible techniques for: a) evaluating happiness in an organization, b) creating an effective strategy to increase workplace happiness, and c) implementing that strategy in your own work life, within your team, or across the culture of your organization, with special tips for workplace leaders.

Learning Outcomes

  • The personal, social, and professional advantages of happiness at work
  • How to identify barriers and pitfalls to achieving happiness at work
  • How to practice research-based activities for fostering positive emotions such as gratitude
  • Strategies for evaluating levels of happiness within an organization


Dacher Keltner
Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the founding director of the university’s Greater Good Science Center.

Emiliana Simon-Thomas
Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.


Recommended but not required: GG101x: The Science of Happiness

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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