Professional Program Certificate in The Science of Happiness at Work (University of California)

General

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Program Description

Learn research-based strategies to feel happier at work and boost satisfaction, engagement, and collaboration in your organization.

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.

The program will be taught by expert faculty from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), a leading authority on the science of happiness. They will build on insights from the GGSC’s Science of Happiness MOOC, the global phenomenon that has brought this science to half a million students worldwide. This new program will zero in on the particular challenges—and opportunities—in bringing a greater sense of happiness and meaning to your life at work. Insights from leading scientific studies will be distilled into actionable lessons, and they will be brought to life by real-world case studies.

In completing this program, you’ll not only be better equipped to identify the level of happiness within your organization and help colleagues understand why happiness is a worthwhile goal. You’ll also be equipped to support engagement and productivity within your organization and strengthen your sense of belonging, purpose, meaning, and satisfaction—not only at the office but in your life as a whole.

Job Outlook

  • Happier people are more engaged and productive and do higher-quality work. (Source: Lyubomirsky, S., King, L. A., & Diener, E. (2005). Psychological Bulletin)
  • People who are happier at work get promoted more quickly and are less likely to lose their jobs. (Source: Boehm, J. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). Journal of Career Assessment)
  • The skills that are key to happiness are also the “21st Century Skills” that employers are looking for today, including strong collaboration and interpersonal skills. (Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers; Boehm & Lyubomirsky, 2008)
  • Workplaces that foster happiness among their employees see benefits to productivity and innovation, increased customer loyalty, and less turnover, among other advantages to the bottom line.
  • Leaders high in social and emotional intelligence are more likely to have satisfied employees and to retain their positions of authority. (Source: Keltner, D. (2016) The Power Paradox. New York: Penguin Press.)

What You'll 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.

Learn more about Professional Certificate Programs

Created by leading companies and top universities, Professional Certificate programs are a series of in-demand courses designed to develop the critical skills needed for today’s top jobs.

Courses in the Professional Certificate Program

  • The Foundations of Happiness at Work
  • Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work
  • Empathy and Emotional Intelligence at Work

Further Information

  • Average Length: 4 weeks per course
  • Effort: 2-3 hours per week, per course
  • Number Of Courses: 3 Courses in Program
  • Subject: Business & Management, Social Sciences
  • Institution: University of California, Berkeley
  • Languages: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Price (USD): Originally $447 USD, now $402.30 USD for the entire program. You save $44.70 USD.
Last updated Sep 2019

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