I have just signed up for ‘The Science of Happiness’ MOOC via EdX delivered by the University of Berkeley that starts on 9 September.
About this Course
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 the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which 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 will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections 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.
Full details via EdX website
Having read “Rainy Brain / Sunny Brain” (which I highly recommend) by Elaine Fox (psychologist and neuroscientist) I am particularly interested in the science behind happiness/unhappiness.