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  • 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 wanna 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 you brain for the better,

  • and why spending money on others is actually better for your happiness than spending on yourself.

  • Along the way, we'll devote special attention to the links between happiness and human connection, kindness,

  • a commitment to something greater than yourself.

  • 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.

  • 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.

DR. KELTNER: Imagine that scientists have created a happiness machine,

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