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Please select the start dates for your courses below.

1
The Foundations of Happiness at Work

Scheduled Start

2
Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work

Scheduled Start

3
Empathy and Emotional Intelligence at Work

Scheduled Start

Program overview

People who are happier at work are more committed to their organization, rise to positions of leadership more rapidly, are more productive and creative, and suffer fewer health problems. More and more, research is suggesting that happiness should not be an afterthought for workplaces; it should be an essential goal, entwined with the kinds of 21st century skills that are key to individual and organizational success today. But how can you increase happiness at work within yourself and across your organization?

In the Science of Happiness at Work Professional Certificate program, you will learn the hallmarks and benefits of a happy workplace, and you’ll come away with concrete, research-based strategies you can implement—individually or in teams—to boost your own emotional well-being, support the well-being of colleagues and employees, and foster a workplace culture of happiness. All lessons in the program are based on the most up-to-date scientific research, particularly from the fields of psychology, business, and neuroscience.

Over its three courses, the program will explain why happiness matters for your workplace; offer specific practices for fostering positive emotions like gratitude; help you build resilience to stress, particularly through the practice of mindfulness; and teach the importance of positive, trusting, collaborative relationships at work, drawing on the skills of empathy and emotional intelligence. Woven throughout the courses will be special tips for workplace leaders, helping them understand how to build a positive organizational culture through socially intelligent leadership.

What you will learn

  • The research-based benefits of experiencing happiness at work, for both individuals and organizations as a whole
  • How to evaluate the level of happiness in an organization
  • Concrete strategies for boosting happiness and resilience to stress
  • How to build more cooperative and collaborative workplace relationships
  • How to lead with social and emotional intelligence

Program Class List

1
The Foundations of Happiness at Work

Course Details
Learn why happiness at work matters and how to increase it within yourself and across your organization.

2
Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work

Course Details
Learn research-based strategies to help you foster mindfulness, handle stress, and guard against burnout.

3
Empathy and Emotional Intelligence at Work

Course Details
Learn research-based skills to strengthen empathy and trust, improve collaboration, and create more innovative, productive, and satisfying experiences at work.

Meet Your Instructors

Dacher Keltner

Director, Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the founding director of the university’s Greater Good Science Center. Keltner has devoted his career to studying the nature of human goodness and happiness, conducting ground-breaking research on compassion, awe, laughter, and love. He is the author of the best-selling books Born to Be Good (W.W. Norton, 2009) and The Power Paradox (Penguin Press, 2016), and a co-editor of the anthology The Compassionate Instinct (W.W. Norton, 2010), in addition to more than 100 scientific papers and two best-selling textbooks. An outstanding speaker who has earned many research and teaching awards, Keltner has received rave reviews for his “Human Happiness” course at UC Berkeley and the online "Science of Happiness" course that has reached more than 500,000 students worldwide. His work is featured regularly in major media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, and NPR, and the Utne Reader has named him as one of 50 visionaries who are changing our world.

Emiliana Simon-Thomas

Science Director, Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. A neuroscientist who earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley, her research has explored the neuro-biological roots of pro-social emotion and behavior, as well as the psychosocial benefits of emotional authenticity and connection. A gifted teacher, Simon-Thomas has presented on the science of happiness and compassion to the Dalai Lama and audiences worldwide. She is a co-instructor of the online "Science of Happiness" course on edX that has reached more than 500,000 students worldwide.
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Duration

3 months

Learning Partner

University of California, Berkeley

Program Type

Professional Certificate

Subject

Social Sciences
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