Resources for Recovering Resilience: Two Powerful Ways to Deepen Happiness

Dear Folks,

Two online offerings; easy formats; great learning and tools for practice:

The Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley’s Science of Happiness course begins September 9, 2014. The course is free and already has 76,000 subscribers.

The course zeroes in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social ties and contributing to something bigger than yourself-the greater good. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond.

What’s more, “The Science of Happiness” will offer students practical strategies for nurturing their own happiness. Research suggests that up to 40 percent of happiness depends on our habits and activities. So each week, students will learn a new research-tested practice that fosters social and emotional well-being-and the course will help them track their progress along the way.

The course will include:

  • Short videos featuring the co-instructors and guest lectures from top experts on the science of happiness;
  • Articles and other readings that make the science accessible and understandable to non-academics;
  • Weekly “happiness practices”-real-world exercises that students can try on their own, all based on research linking these practices to greater happiness;
  • Tests, quizzes, polls, and a weekly “emotion check-in” that help students gauge their happiness and track their progress over time;
  • Discussion boards where students can share ideas with one another and submit questions to their instructors.

The course will be led by two celebrated teachers from the Greater Good Science Center: Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.,the GGSC’s science director, and GGSC founder Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., who is a psychology professor at UC Berkeley and author of the best-selling book Born to Be Good. It will also feature guest presentations by some of the world’s leading authorities on positive psychology, including Rick Hanson, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

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The Foundations of Well-Being is an amazing, new yearlong online program, beginning October 1, 2014, that uses the power of positive neuroplasticity to antidote the brain’s innate negativity bias and hardwire more happiness, resilience, self-worth, love, and peace into your brain, growing powerful inner resources like confidence, self-compassion, mindfulness, emotional balance, and joy in daily life.

The course is offered by my mentor-colleague-friend Rick Hanson and draws upon Rick’s years of experience as a neuropsychologist, as a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and on the wisdom offered in his New York Times best-seller Hardwiring Happiness.

This year of transformative practice is anchored in what Rick has identified as the 12 Pillars of Well-Being: Self-Caring, Mindfulness, Learning, Vitality, Gratitude, Confidence, Calm, Motivation, Intimacy, Courage, Aspiration, and Service.

The course includes hour-long video interviews with leading experts, including Steven Porges, Sue Carter, Barbara Fredrickson, Gretchen Rubin, Jack Kornfield, Dan Siegel, Paul Gilbert, Tara Brach, Daniel Ellenberg, Sharon Salzberg, Anat Baniel, Joan Halifax, and John Ratey. I’m happy to say, there will be a bonus interview with me as well.

Each month, participants will receive two hours of video presentations from Rick. If you’ve ever encountered Rick, you know he is a brilliant, knowledgeable and engaging teacher, offering practical, easy-to-use methods and guided practices that weave together understanding at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, and contemplative practice.

Participants also receive additional videos of experiential activities, PowerPoint slide sets, written materials, and access to a yearlong Community Forum. All materials will be available in an archive for access at any time, including in audio-only formats for easy listening on the go.

Rick is offering the program to the general public, with special benefits for coaches, counselors, educators, educators, parents, healthcare professionals, and human resources trainers. It costs just $25/month – $300 total – and scholarships are available. 2,000 people have subscribed already.

There is an Early Bird Special: tuition paid in full by September, 2014 is $250. Psychotherapists, social workers, and nurses can receive 24 continuing education credits for only $50. And there’s a money-back guarantee. You can learn more and register here.

This program is about filling yourself up when so many things are draining, and steadying yourself when so many things are stressful land disturbing.
– Rick Hanson, PhD

I encourage you to invest in yourself, your growth, and your resilience through this course.