~About the Course~

This course will examine recent discoveries in the scientific study of happiness, their concrete implications for student well-being and performance, and strategies to integrate these new insights into existing curricula. It is open to all but will be of special interest to educators, managers, coaches, human service professionals, doctors, psychologists and other health and well-being professionals who would like to:

-help others realize more of their own potential for happiness, well-being, and success

-understand the major theories and evidence-based practices of Positive Psychology and the Science of Happiness

-infuse their current work with an evidence-based focus on Positive Psychology, resilience, and human flourishing

-integrate evidence-based theories and applications of Positive Psychology and the Science of Happiness into their lives


-Become familiar with leading psychological theories of happiness

-Become acquainted with recent scientific studies on happiness

-Identify points of resonance between well-known philosophical views of happiness and recent scientific discoveries on happiness

-Become familiar with the practical implications of the science of happiness for human relationships, lifestyles and thinking habits

-Formulate various strategies for integrating this new field of knowledge with school curricula in general and their own teaching in particular

(Disclaimer: This is an academic course, rather than a therapy program. Students with mental health questions should seek outside counseling.)

~About Pursuit-of-Happiness.org~

Pursuit-of-Happiness.org is a volunteer driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to depression prevention and improving well-being. The study of happiness provides an attractive medium through which we can teach critical thinking, values and the importance of the scientific method. Recent scientific evidence shows that specific life skills, such as building close relationships, regular exercise, and reducing screen time, can prevent depression and maintain well-being throughout the lifespan. Pursuit-of-Happiness offers a course on the Science of Happiness based on scientific research and explores the life-skills to improve happiness and overall well-being.

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~Meet Your Instructor~

Dr. Mark K. Setton

Mark Setton is the co-founder and CEO of Pursuit-of-Happiness.org. He has studied and published works on East Asian philosophy and well-being for the past 30 years. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy and Education at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, and his doctorate at Oxford University. He has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of California at Berkeley, Oxford University, and presently, the University of Bridgeport.

Mark and his team design and teach educational programs on the science and implementation of well-being for secondary schools, universities, and corporations such as Google, Mediamax, the China Accelerator, Dartmouth College, etc. He is especially interested in recent scientific discoveries on well-being, as well as the remarkable resonance between modern science and ancient wisdom.