WELLNESS
09/08/2014 09:07 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

A Free Online Course On The Science Of Happiness Is About To Begin

Countless books, articles, workshops and retreats try to sell us the secrets to happiness -- usually charging a lot of money, and often, for very little payoff. Most theories on happiness are wishy-washy at best, and very few are grounded in actual science.

Fortunately, our friends at the University of California at Berkeley are here to debunk some of the most common happiness myths and provide guidance on finding joy that are based on research findings in psychology and neuroscience. On September 9, Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center is launching a free eight-week Science of Happiness course that will offer practical, research-backed tips on living a happy and meaningful life.

"Everything we teach in the science of happiness is based on a research finding," Berkeley neuroscientist Emiliana Simon-Thomas told the Huffington Post in May. "We don't have a philosophical or spiritual tenor underneath it. My background is in neuroscience, and I don't have any other agenda than to give people more information about what works and what doesn't work."

Over 89,000 people from around the globe have already signed up for the MOOC (massive online open course). Check out the infographic below for a preview of the course material, and click here to sign up.

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