The first and only program of its kind, providing the knowledge and the tools to generate happiness on the individual, interpersonal, organizational, and national levels.

Happiness Studies Academy, in partnership with iPEC Coaching, is excited to offer the Certificate in Happiness Studies Program designed to enhance the tools and skill sets of certified coaches.

This 12-month online experience includes academic lectures and live webinars taught by best-selling author and internationally recognized authority on the study of happiness Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar.


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Meet Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

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 Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, Tal taught two of the most popular courses in Harvard’s historyPositive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. 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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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 Officer (CHO) or Wellbeing Program Manager of an organizationwhether a business, an NGO, or a school.

LEARN to help othersbe it family members, friends, or colleagueslead a happier, more meaningful life.

CREATE a new “Happiness Center” or join an existing one and help people realize their potential for leading a happy, fulfilling life. A center can be an independent entity serving a community, be part of an existing business providing programs for employees, or be part of a school serving faculty and students.


What do Alumni of HSA programs receive?

  • Ongoing access to new material including the latest research and ideas in the field of Happiness Studies.
  • Ongoing supply of lecture and workshop material that can be used for running independent programs.
  • Exclusive access to live, online, and face-to-face events with HSA faculty and alums.
  • Membership in a supportive, international community dedicated to making the world a better, happier place.
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Program Syllabus

Semester A – Introduction to Happiness Studies
May 21, 2018 – December 17, 2018

The course comprises 26, one-hour lectures. 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.

Semester B – Facilitating Happiness
January 7, 2019 – May 27, 2019

While the first 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 22 weeks—which will include lectures and webinars—I 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

At the start of each week, all of that week’s lectures will be made available in the online Student Center. Students can choose when they would like to consume the training during the week. The coursework is yours from the beginning of the course and due once at the end of each semester.

Read the full program syllabus

You can find the tuition for Happiness Studies Academy here: (Click HERE) and if you are an iPEC Certified Coach we have a 10% savings coupon for you! Simply email us at [email protected] so we can verify your student status and provide the code.

Not at this time but you can pay with a credit card and pay your credit card off over time.

Full refund if you cancel before the course starts (on May 21, 2018). No refund available after course starts.

Be sure to watch the first class to get a sample of the course.

The course is closely monitored by Dr. Ben-Shahar and his teaching assistants. You can always approach Dr. Ben-Shahar and the assistants via the internal messaging system of the student portal.

“Happiness Research” runs the gamut from “feel-good/new age” hypothesis all the way to the study of positive psychology. Happiness Studies Academy is a new field of study and is not a compilation of “everything” available out there.

The program has a lot of new material that Tal developed recently so you are receiving the most up-to-date, cutting-edge, research-backed training.

The Certificate in Happiness Studies Program focuses on more than Positive Psychology by utilizing an interdisciplinaryapproachfrom biology to literatureand incorporates a lot of practical tools on top of the theory. It’s a streamlined, cohesive result of ALL Tal’s work over 30 years! So you would be learning the results of 30 years of evidence-backed science and research within a year.

In addition, while other programs draw on Dr. Ben-Shahar’s work, this is your opportunity to learn directly from him! Dr. Ben-Shahar has designed and teaches the entire Certificate in Happiness Studies Program.

And don’t forget, you are earning a certification as well as gaining access to a large volume of ready-made happiness focused content you can use with your clients.

The program has just been submitted to the ICF for approval! We are confident it will be approved, although it’s not yet known the number of CCEUs. We expect to know more mid-June!

This is entirely up to you. Happiness Studies requires about 3-4 hours a week of your time. Each person learns differently and has different things going on in their lives so if you have the capacity, there’s no reason not to take them at the same time. (Don’t forget to contact us for your iPEC Coach 10% savings coupon! Email [email protected])

Much of what you have learned in iPEC’s Coach Training Program has deep roots in the work of happiness.

The happiness path is built on awareness and shining that awareness on key areas of your life (and your clients’ lives) in a way that is quite literally proven to generate greater happiness and wellbeing. The models and focus in Happiness Studies Academy are very aligned to the Energetic Influencers that were introduced and are discussed in iPEC’s COR.E Dynamics. Specifically, Dr. Ben-Shahar’s SPIRE model goes deeply into the areas of Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Relational, and Emotional Wellbeing.

Also, much like iPEC talks about the goal within the goal, happiness is much more than what it seems—it is not simply the emotional state of feeling happy; it’s a deeper state that produces human flourishing. iPEC chose Dr. Ben-Shahar specifically because of how much his models, values, philosophy, and interventions complement, and in some cases, directly line up with our own.

This is a stand-alone certification.

Any Certified Coach can attend and earn a Certification in Happiness Coaching. This gives everyone the best opportunity to learn and grow from each other, plus it makes for exciting partnerships outside of your own “tribe” of learning! (iPEC Certified Coaches and current students receive a 10% savings coupon by emailing [email protected].)

A non-coach can attend the alternate track (non-coaches track) and receive a Certification in Happiness Studies showing completion of the course but they will NOT have the ability nor certification to provide coaching.

A Happier Center has no prerequisites. It can be a small gathering of family, friends, or co-workers or it can grow into an actual center. Happiness Studies Academy and Dr. Ben-Shahar will support students in this effort with content and guidance.

Learn more about Happiness Centers

Schedule a Coaching Session With Laura Kunzie, CPC

In this session, Laura will work with you to get clear on where you want to be as a coach and how a certification in Happiness Studies can fit into your niche—whatever that may be.

Laura will also answer any questions you have about the Happiness Studies Academy.

Schedule a session or contact her at [email protected].