” ..I realised that a lot of the Science of Happiness .. was coming into play sub-consciously..”
“..extremely thought provoking and so helpful in monitoring my well-being.”
“I absolutely loved the course. I found the pre-lectures extremely interesting and particularly enjoyed that it was all evidenced..”
“..The lecturers were all lovely and the content was delivered well. I liked the live zooms and the chat where we were able to discuss topics live..”
‘A quick intro to the course’ – 1:30 min
‘Happiness Hacks’- a taster of some of the course content – 2:00 min
Following feedback from the 2021 course the attendance format has changed to make attendance more flexible.
One of the most challenging hurdles we faced when we ran the Science of Happiness last year with the SWAST was the fact that most staff were shift workers which made it really difficult to attend regular small group meetings or happiness hubs as we call them.
The course now will consist of a live lecture every Wed evening (recommended, but also recorded if you can’t make it).
The Happiness Hubs will now be drop in sessions, on Tues and Thurs at 1300 & 1800.
You just need to be a member of SWAST staff, and be willing to engage in the programme in your own time.
As with most courses on www.swastcpd.co.uk this course is fully funded for SWASFT staff. Students also welcome.
This course is not like most others we have advertised on SWASTCPD.
This course is not a wellbeing or self help course to improve your mental health and happiness; it is a course to explore the understand the what, how and why of happiness, based on rigorous evidence based and peer reviewed science.
But, when people complete this course, there has been a clear and measurable significant positive effect on student’s mental well-being.
Who is providing the course?
Prof Bruce Hood is one of the UK’s most eminent psychologists. He holds the Chair of Developmental Psychology at Bristol University where the “Science of Happiness” programme was developed. He is a best-selling author and presented the Royal Institution (2011) Christmas Lectures “Meet Your Brain.”
As well as working for Bristol University, he also runs his own company providing this course to Universities and other organisations. You can visit their website here.
This course is based on peer-reviewed research published in scientific journals and the programme itself has been shown to be effective in raising mental well-being.
This online course is a 4 week programme combining weekly pre-recorded lectures, live interactive expert sessions, a remote personal coaching app and small group online meetings.
The “Science of Happiness” 4 week online course is accredited for 8 hours of CPD by the British Psychological Society.
*These are not HE credits you can APL to an MSc / BSc pathway.
Here is a brief summary of the evidence-based activities and habits that we call happiness hacks to improve mental well-being
Benefits of a psychoeducational happiness course on university student mental well-being both before and during a COVID-19 lockdown
First Published March 17, 2021 Research Article
DATES are TBC for the OCT /NOV run. Below is an example of the structure for the June run.
There will be an introductory live pre-course lecture date TBC.
It is not mandatory to attend all the lectures, but recommended to get the most from the course.
Course starts 20th of June 2022 for 4 weeks
Live online sessions – (They will be recorded to watch back if you can’t make it, but you will get more out of a live session)*
- Wed – 22nd June – 18:00 – Zoom
- Wed – 29th June – 18:00 – Zoom
- Wed – 6th July – 18:00 – Zoom
- Wed – 13th July – 18:00 – Zoom
*these are CPD points, not higher education credits
You will also be invited to participate in weekly small group, online mentored ‘happiness hubs’ on Tuesdays & Thursdays to discuss progress.
These will take place at 1300 & 1800 on both days.
These will run be run in a ‘drop in’ format to make it easier for you to attend. Ideally you should try to attend 1 a week.
Please book via the form below – if you cannot see the selection to book, it unfortunately means the course is fully booked.
This course is offered on a 1st come 1st served basis.
You will then receive a set of joining instructions for the event.