The Science of Happiness | UC BerkeleyX on edX | Course About Video

The Science of Happiness | UC BerkeleyX on edX | Course About Video


DR. KELTNER: Imagine that
scientists have created a happiness machine, a machine that could
make you as happy as you’d like with just the push of a button. Would you use it? Would you push the button? I’ve asked that question
of my students for years. And most of them say, no. Most of them want to find true
happiness on their own in a genuine way. But how do you do that? EMILIANA SIMON-THOMAS: That’s
where science comes in. For the past decade,
researchers have been developing a roadmap for
the pursuit of happiness, suggesting, for instance, that
roughly 40% of our happiness is determined not by our genes,
but by our daily activities. It’s up to you. I’m Emiliana Simon-Thomas. DR. KELTNER: And I’m Dr. Keltner, here
at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. We’ve been part of the
scientific movement to identify the sources of
a happy, meaningful life. And we’ve made some
valuable discoveries. And we would like to share
these findings with you to help you unlock the secrets
to a happier life, healthier relationships, stronger communities. EMILIANA SIMON-THOMAS: That’s
where this course comes in. The Science of Happiness
is the first MOOC to teach this research, with
presentations from some of the world’s top experts on the subject, like Sonja
Lyubomirsky, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Paul Ekman and Barbara Frederickson. They’ll join us in covering topics like
mindfulness, compassion and gratitude. DR. KELTNER: Together
we’ll tour this field that some call positive psychology. We’ll explore why writing down
things you’re grateful for can strengthen your immune
system and improve your sleep, how meditation can actually
change your brain for the better, and why spending money on others is
actually better for your happiness than spending on yourself. EMILIANA SIMON-THOMAS:
Along the way, we’ll devote special attention to
the links between happiness and human connection, kindness,
a commitment to something greater than yourself. DR. KELTNER: But we’re going
to do more than tell you about the science of
happiness, we’re going to help you experience it firsthand. Each week, you’ll try out
research tested methods for boosting happiness and strengthening
your meaningful connection to others. And you’ll be able to track
your progress over time and discuss it all with your classmates. EMILIANA SIMON-THOMAS: So please
join us for The Science of Happiness. We’ll put the secrets to
happiness at your fingertips with just the click of button.