Certificate in Happiness Studies (CiHS)

 The Certificate in Happiness Studies created and delivered by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

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Become a "Certified Happiness Trainer" and

receive guidance, materials and support to establish your own happier center.

receive accreditation from ICF as CCE (Continuous Coach Education) awarding 62 Core Competences CCE units and 117 resource development CCE units

gain lifetime access to new materials including the latest research and ideas in the field of Happiness Studies.

enjoy exclusive access to live, online, and face-to-face events with HSA faculty and alums.

benefit from a lifetime supply of lectures and workshop materials that can be used for running your own independent programs.

join a supportive, international community dedicated to making the world a better, happier place.

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Certificate in Happiness Studies – Program Syllabus

Semester A – Introduction to Happiness Studies  

June 1, 2020 – December 3rd 2020  

The course comprises 26 one-hour lectures plus 13 live webinars. Each lecture is subdivided into four sessions. Following is a brief description of each lecture, with a series of questions that correspond to each of the four sessions. The purpose of these questions is to open up your mind to the quest you’re about to take, to reinforce learning by reminding you of the main threads in each of the lectures after you’ve watched them, and also to provide you a map that you can refer to later as you search for material you’d like to revisit.

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Semester B – Facilitating Happiness  

December 7th ,2020 - March 3rd, 2021  

While the "Introduction to happiness" course focuses on more theory than practice, the focus of this second course is almost entirely on practice—on application. Each of the lectures below highlights a series of evidence-based techniques that can significantly shift the needle in terms of your own and others’ happiness. Over a period of 20 weeks—which will include lectures and webinars—We will introduce you to the science behind each technique and then provide you with concrete steps that you can take to make a meaningful difference in your life.


See what our students are saying

"Tal's invaluable example and teachings inspire me every single day. Professionally, he introduced me to the happiness psychology that significantly influences my current research work of creating multimedia for wellness education. Personally, through practicing what he preaches and preaching with reliable stories, Tal has genuinely boosted my life skills and happiness. Because of his invaluable contributions and effective communication skills, I am grateful to have been (and to be) one of his students. ”  

- Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen  

Preforming educator (Multimedia and educational performance)  

“I am very thankful I did get Tal as my mentor in positive psychology. The combination of Western sciences and Eastern philosophy of Tal's lectures, as remarkable as he himself, makes him very unique in the field of happiness study. That's also what I admire. He is generous to give us much support as he can when I need, including writing the blurb for my first book about positive education book. Now I am following the calling of devote my life to human wellbeing and positive education which makes me feel happy and meaningful. At At the same time, many people have been benefiting from what I am doing. ”  

- Hongli Chen 

Founder of the Hongli Institute of Positive Psychology  

Author of "The stories of Huanggang High School" (a book on positive education in China)  

Hostess of "The stories of Huanggang", (a talk show about positive education).  

Co-founder and Chief advisor of Global Center for Chinese Wellbeing (GCCW)  

“In times of transition, from difficult to easefull, from good to great, from old paradigms to new, we all seek guidance that includes wisdom, inspiration, practical tools, and the sense that we are in caring and trustworthy hands. Tal provides all this and brings such a passion and authenticity for his work and what he teaches that we each find ourselves motivated to dream a bit biger, build a bit stronger and enjoy our lives a bit more fully! ”  

- Henrique Bueno  

Happiness Coach, CEO and founder of 88, a startup dedicated to humanising organizations.  

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Q&A – Certificate in Happiness Studies

Is this program right for me?  

If you are interested in becoming happier, and/or interested in helping others become happier, then this program may be right for you. More specifically, here are some of the situations that may be relevant for you:  

• As a coach—helping your clients become happier, as well as more receptive to change.  

• As a therapist—beyond making your clients happier, contributing to their resilience and ability to overcome difficulties.  

• As a manager—increasing levels of wellbeing in the organization, and with it increasing productivity, creativity, and retention.  

• As a teacher—helping you become a better, more authentic teacher, while helping your students lead healthier and happier lives, and improving their performance in school.  

• As a consultant—helping you bring out the best in individuals, teams, and organizations.  

• As a parent and/or partner—learning to bring out the best in yourself and your family, cultivating more positive and authentic relationships.

How will I benefit from taking this program?

Here is a partial list of the potential benefits of CiHS: 

• Engage with rigorous and accessible material that can help you find more meaning and joy in your life. 

• Learn to help others—whether family members, friends, or colleagues—lead a happier, more meaningful life. 

• Assume the role of Chief Happiness Officers (CHOs) or a Wellbeing Program Manager of an organization—whether a business, an NGO or a school. 

• Conduct workshops, lead seminars, and deliver lectures in the field of Happiness Studies to the general public and/or professional groups. 

• Ongoing access to new material including the latest research and ideas in the field of happiness studies. 

• Exclusive access to live, online and face-to-face events. 

• Membership in a supportive international community dedicated to making the world a better, happier place.

What is so special about this program? The Certificate in Happiness Studies (CiHS) is the first and only program of its kind. While there are several programs that focus on the psychology of happiness or the philosophy of happiness, there is no program or course that explores happiness through the lens of different disciplines—including psychology and philosophy, as well as history, theology, biology, economics, literature, art, and more. The program provides the knowledge and tools to generate happiness on the individual, interpersonal, organizational, and national level.

What does this program include? The certificate in Happiness Studies program is a year-long online program and comprises two courses: 1. Introduction to Happiness Studies. A theoretical and scientific exploration of the field (26 weeks) 2. Facilitating Happiness. Evidence-based tools and techniques for a happier life (20 weeks). The first course includes 26 lectures and 13 live webinars, while the second course includes 14 lectures and 6 webinars – all led entirely by Dr. Ben Shahar. You will receive lifetime access to lectures and the opportunity to ask questions, share insights, and learn through the live webinars. In addition, each week you will receive guided meditations, visualization exercises, journaling activities and more.

Do I need to go somewhere in order to hear the lectures? No :) - This is an ONLINE program. You can learn from wherever you are and integrate the teachings into your day to day life. We estimate you will have to DEVOTE 3-4 hours a week to the lessons.

What happens if I start the program and don't like it? We are sure you will! But, in case you won't, you can get a refund within 30 days.

When does your next program begin? June 1st, 2020

Meet Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

Why Enroll in Happiness Studies Academy:

  • ENGAGE with rigorous and accessible material that can help you find more meaning and joy in your life.
  • CONDUCT workshops, lead seminars, and deliver lectures in the field of Happiness Studies to the public or professional groups.
  • ASSUME the role of Chief Happiness Officers (CHOs) or a Wellbeing Program Manager of an organization–whether a business, an NGO, or a school.
  • LEARN to help others–be it family members, friends, or colleagues–lead a happier, more meaningful life.
  • CREATE a new “Happier Center” or join an existing one and help people realize their potential for leading a happy, fulfilling life. 
  • EXCLUSIVE LIFE TIME access to new material including the latest research and ideas in the field of Happiness Studies. lecture and workshop material that can be used for running independent programs

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You’ve become a masterful Certified Professional Coach. Now take the next step to learn advanced skills to generate happiness with clients, organizations and the world at large when you pursue a Certificate in Happiness Studies. As you study alongside top faculty you’ll feel noticeably happier and enhance your current methodologies as a coach. You’ll gain the skills to serve your clients more powerfully, assume the role of Chief Happiness Officer at an organization or create a “Happier Center” of your own.


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About Your Instructors

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar (@talbenshahar)

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is the co-founder of the Happiness Studies Academy, as well as the creator and instructor of the Certificate in Happiness Studies program.  

After graduating from Harvard with a BA in Philosophy and Psychology and a PhD in Organizational Behavior, Tal taught two of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history: Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership, and currently teaches Happiness Studies at Columbia University.

He is an international, best- selling author whose books have been translated into more than 25 languages.  

In addition to establishing The Happiness Studies Academy, he is also the co-founder of Potentialife and Happier.TV. Tal is a certified yoga instructor whose work bridges Eastern and Western traditions, ancient wisdom and modern technology, science and art.

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Happiness Studies Academy

Online Certificate in Happiness Studies created and delivered by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. 

June 1st, 2020

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