Course Curriculum

Key Topics

Positive Psychology A New Vista
Positive Psychology

Learn about leading theories and applications of Positive Psychology on personal happiness and well-being, by pioneers Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Science of Happiness in Action
The Science of Happiness

The Science of Happiness is accelerating. Explore the practical, and powerful, “habits of happy people” that have been uncovered by the social and natural sciences.

New Discoveries in the Science of Happiness
New Discoveries

Learn about remarkable new discoveries in the Science of Well-being including "food for mood," the power of goal-setting, and finding meaning.

What People Are Saying

~ BAILEY LI ~

I am a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur in the college admission counseling business. I enrolled in the Science of Happiness (Proficiency Tier) in January 2021. I was drawn in by the simplicity and logic of the course, which provided me with a clear, big picture of happiness. What I need is a better understanding of happiness so I can strive toward it in the right direction. That’s what sets the course apart from the others. Before taking the course, I was immersed in a wide variety of happiness research and knowledge. The course enabled me to build up a systemic structure.

~ UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT ~ (motion passed 3/21/2022)

This House…welcomes the collaboration between the service and the Pursuit of Happiness project, based in New York, an initiative of a group of psychologists and educators dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge about happiness and depression prevention, with the volunteers being the first students from a university in Scotland to undertake training (the Science of Happiness Course) by the project.

~ JO BECKER ~

"I love The Science of Happiness: Theory and Practice! The Mini-Course is an excellent introduction to the topic with well written, easy to follow content on an easy to use electronic format. I appreciated the background data on depression (and more!) as much as I enjoyed learning about the pioneers of happiness psychology. The current recommendations for a happy life are thoughtful, as is the suggestion to concoct one’s own particular “happiness soup.” Thank you for such a user-friendly, info-packed introductory course that’s effortless to access online any time, anywhere!"

Available Courses

science of happiness intro course
Course Outline

This free introductory course provides a birds eye view of the new science of happiness, key thinkers, and key discoveries.

Key Benefits
  1. 3 Introductory Mixed Media Videos
  2. Quiz 
  3. 20% Off Coupons to Proficiency and Advanced Courses
  4. It's Free!






Science of Happiness Proficiency Certificate Course
Course Outline

The Proficiency Course provides an in-depth view of both the theory and practice of new discoveries in the Science of Happiness.

Key Benefits
  1. 11 Mixed Media Videos
  2. 7 Modules on the psychology and neuroscience of well-being
  3. 8 Challenge Modules with mood-boosting practical exercises
  4. Proficiency Certificate of Completion



Mental Health Course
Course Outline

This course contains a toolkit packed with teaching aids, for easy integration into mental health training programs and courses.


Key Benefits
  1. 11 Mixed Media Videos
  2. 7 Modules on the psychology and neuroscience of well-being
  3. 8 Challenge Modules with mood-boosting practical exercises
  4. Detailed Lesson Plans
  5. Slide Decks for classroom instruction
  6. Weekly drop-in Q & A (optional)
  7. Final Project (for Certificate)
  8. Advanced Certificate of Completion




Free Introductory Course: Key Benefits

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What you'll learn:

  1. What Happened to Happiness?
  2. Pioneers of Positive Psychology
  3. The Science of Happiness
  4. Habits of Happy People: An Introduction

What you'll earn:

  1. 3 Mixed Media Videos
  2. 20% Off Coupon to Certificate Course

About Us

Pursuit-of-Happiness.org is a volunteer driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of well-being and depression prevention.

Recent scientific studies show that specific life skills can prevent depression, enhance well-being, and even slow down neurodegeneration. Pursuit-of-Happiness offers courses on the new and rapidly unfolding Science of Happiness based on scientific research.

The Team

Narration & Production:

Mark K. Setton, D.Phil., Oxon.

Research Team:

Paul Desan, PhD, Harvard; Anthony Arciero, PhD, George Mason; Saira Qureshi, MA, LMHC; Miguel Toribio-Mateas, PhD, Middlesex

Video Editing:

Fahim Nirob


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Introductory Course really free?

Yes, no strings attached! 

How long does the intro course take to complete?

As long as you like. Each of the three videos lasts about 10 minutes. The Introductory and Proficiency Courses are completely self-paced.

What's so special about this course?

Firstly, instead of following a particular school of thought, we follow the Science of Happiness as it unfolds. For example, this year, major systematic reviews indicate that:

  • Regular, mixed physical exercise generates large quantities of the brain growth hormone BDNF, which protects against both depression and neurodegeneration.
  • Walking through rural or urban forested areas, for only 15 mins, alleviates both depression and anxiety

Secondly, our material is drawn from the natural sciences (it covers topics such as "food and mood," sleeping habits, exercise, etc) as well as modern psychology, including Positive Psychology.

How can I benefit from this course?

  • 76% of students who practice only one of the "habits of happy people" described in the course, report feeling happier.
  • About 50% of our students take the Proficiency Course to improve their personal wellbeing and find relief from depression.
  • About 25% of our students are mental health professionals, including counselors, psychologists, nurses, and life coaches, seeking online training on wellbeing and depression prevention.
  • The provision of curricula and courses on mental health in schools is a top priority. About 25% of our students are K-12 and university educators.


Questions? Call 1 (631) 762-4506‬‬