Understanding Happiness

About Course

This course is intended for anyone interested in happiness. Whether you are cultivating a new interest in happiness or you have read about the topic for years, this course will stretch your knowledge.


This course contains 15 lessons that discuss a wide range of theories and research results from the study of happiness. In curating this content, I have made every effort to extend beyond the most popularly reported science from the last 20 years. You will be introduced to novel ideas about happiness intervention, the role of life circumstances, and happy thinking, among other topics. It is my hope that the material contained here will change the way you think about happiness.

This is a self-paced study course, which means that you can access materials time and again based on your own scheduling preferences.

If you are a coach interested in using this course toward ICF recertification, you may count it as 13.25 resource development hours.

Who does it

Positive Acorn & Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

What Will I Learn?

  • Will gain a more nuanced understanding of key concepts
  • Will update your knowledge with recently published studies
  • Will extend your knowledge by learning about frequently overlooked research from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Finally, I hope that you are able to apply this information to enhance your own happiness or to promote greater conditions of wellbeing for others

Material Includes

  • More than 8 hours of lecture
  • More than 30 reading recommendations
  • 15 learning anticipation guides
  • 15 quizzes
  • 30 reflective questions to consolidate your knowledge
  • 15 suggestions for activities

Target Audience

  • The course is primarily designed for practitioners from both the public and private sectors, whose professional work requires them to think and talk about wellbeing. However, the course is open to everybody and we welcome learners who want to improve their lives by looking through a wellbeing lens.

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