Week 1: Introduction to the Science of Happiness Will be available starting on September 9
Week 2: Happiness & Human Connection Will be available starting on September 16
Week 3: Kindness & Compassion Will be available starting on September 23
Week 4: Cooperation & Forgiveness Will be available starting on September 30
Week 5: Midterm Exam (and time to catch up on course material) Will be available starting on October 7. Must be completed by November 18.
Week 6: Mindfulness, Attention, and Focus Will be available starting on October 14
Week 7: Mental Habits of Happiness: Self-Compassion, Flow, and Optimism Will be available starting on October 21
Week 8: Gratitude Will be available starting on October 28
Week 9: Finding Your Happiness Fit and the New Frontiers Will be available starting on November 4
Final Exam Will be available starting on November 4. Must be completed by November 18.
I’ll post about my experiences as we march through the material.
“The Science of Happiness” is being produced by the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley; course co-instructors Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas are the GGSC’s founding director and science director, respectively. The GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only does it sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, it also helps people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. “The Science of Happiness” is a prime example of the GGSC’s work.
My calling is to help a millon people lead happier and more satisfying lives. Mainly business people caught up in the rat race. There’s great hope and cause for celebration. Moore’s Law favors us all. Help me reach a million by the end of the year. Pass the word.
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The National Institute of Mental Health spent millions of your tax dollars to build John and Julie Gottman a Love Lab. At the lab, personnel observed thousands of couples. They shot video, monitored heart rates, jitteriness and skin conductivity. They amassed recordings of hundreds of couples interacting at different times in their relationships.
Some of you have inquired about my research into happiness and well-being. I paused the project for six weeks. Upon return, I realized there’s a lot more to it. Taking a broader perspective, I realized you can’t deal with happiness without addressing joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, love, sadness, anxiety, anger, motivation, and relationships, too.
Emotional business (which I will christen EB right here and now) concerns precisely the Continue reading →
I just got back from the first local member meeting of the Greater Good Science Center here in Berkeley. Started by a grant a dozen years ago, Greater Good was a print magazine. The founders imagined “an organization that would identify the roots of healthy relationships and flourishing individuals, exploring qualities such as compassion, altruism, respect, trust, tolerance, and wisdom.” The print magazine morphed into a web publication, which appears to be its major outreach program. They Continue reading →
Ten years ago next month, Clifford Nass and Byron Reeves published The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places. The Stanford profs had conducted a series of standard psychology experiments but substituted a computer for one of the participants. From the Amazon review:
“Fresh evidence of human gullibility never fails to entertain. Stanford professors Reeves and Nass provide plenty of cocktail-party ammunition with findings from 35 laboratory Continue reading →
The health hazards of sitting for long stretches are significant even for people who are quite active when they’re not sitting down
Still, scientists have determined that after an hour or more of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat in the body declines by as much as 90 percent. Extended sitting, they add, slows the body’s metabolism of glucose and lowers the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol in the blood. Those are risk factors Continue reading →