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, designed for easy integration of material on wellbeing into existing 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


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!"

Course Curriculum

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  Introduction to The Science of Happiness
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  Module 1: Close Relationships
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  Module 2: Acts of Kindness
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  Module 3: Physical Well-being
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  Module 4: Flow
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  Module 5: Strengths
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  Module 6: Positive Mindset
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  Module 7: Meaning
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  Module 8: Happiness Soup
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Choose Your Pricing Plan

(Complete the Free Introductory Course and get 20% off)

Your Journey Through the Course


Stage One: Introduction

The first stage introduces the scientific pioneers who founded the science of happiness, the three components of well-being, the so-called "habits of happy people," and the methodology used to uncover their secrets.

Stage Two: "Habits of Happy People"

The second stage of the course comprises 7 modules focused on a wide range of life skills that impact our mood, including close relationships, acts of kindness, physical wellbeing, flow, strengths, positive emotions and the discovery of meaning.

Stage Three: Practical Exercises

Each of the eight modules in stage three focuses on practical exercises and reflections providing a hands-on grasp of the theoretical content.

PLUS: Certificate of Completion

Students who complete the course videos and quizzes will receive a signed "Certificate of Proficiency" verifying familiarity with both the theoretical and practical components of the course.

About Us

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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


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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