Become a "Certified Happiness Trainer"

"This program has done much more than allow me to guide lives because it has also generated significant professional, personal and social changes in my life as well. I wish I had known these profound issues regarding happiness, self-knowledge, the integral being, and neuroscience, since the beginning of my professional life." I. Castro

The Certificate in Happiness Studies includes Lifetime access to:

  • 40 Hours of Prerecorded Lectures. Throughout the year, you will get access to 4 new video sessions of about 15 minutes each, all presented by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. These videos become a permanent part of your personal happiness library.

  • Weekly Live Webinars. From the time you enroll in the course, every week you receive access to live webinars with Tal. You can continue participating in these webinars after the course is over.

  • The Life Journal Exercises. The Life Journal includes a comprehensive bibliography of Happiness Studies related content, guided meditations, exercises, journaling prompts, extra reading and video content. The Life Journal will be updated periodically, and can become your personal companion on your happiness journey.

  • The community. Join in-person meetings and retreats worldwide. Upon enrolling in the program, students become members of the Alumni & Business club.


This course should be a 'sweet obligation' for every top manager

Felicidad Cristobal

"We all know that things arrive in our life at the right moment, but having worked in the first steel global company (ArcelorMittal) and later as the CEO of its global foundation for many years, I wish I would have known then what I learned with Tal Ben-Shahar. I would have suffered less, I would have understood more... Companies would spend less money in coaching their executives suffering from burn-out. Nevertheless, now that I am walking new paths I am applying all have learned to live with a deeper happiness! Thank you Tal!

The HSA program has holistically changed my life

David Wooldridge

".....What an amazing experience.....Tal is an extraordinary teacher! It represents the most profound learning experience I have ever engaged. And as a Vice President and General Manager for a Fortune 50 company, I was exposed to very electric, dynamic, and forward-thinking educational programs. And none of them resonated with me like The HSA field of studies program...I am entirely committed to the Happiness revolution!"

About Your Instructor

Author, Founder HSA Tal Ben-Sahar

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is the co-founder of the Happiness Studies Academy and 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 history: Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership, and he currently teaches Happiness Studies at Columbia University. He is an international, best-selling author whose books have been translated into over 25 languages.   In addition to establishing The Happiness Studies Academy, Tal is a certified yoga instructor whose work bridges Eastern and Western traditions, ancient wisdom, and modern technology, science, and art.

Online Certificate Program

Enroll today and get immediate access to weekly webinars with Tal

The Certificate in Happiness Studies is a comprehensive year-long online academic course developed and taught by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, a renowned scholar and practitioner in the field of positive psychology. This program offers participants the knowledge and practical tools to cultivate happiness across various dimensions, including the individual, interpersonal, organizational, and national levels. *English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese & Hebrew.


  • 1. Is this program right for me?

    If you are interested in becoming happier, and/or interested in helping others become happier, then this program may be right for you. More specifically, here are some of the situations that may be relevant for you: • As a coach—helping your clients become happier, as well as more receptive to change. • As a therapist—beyond making your clients happier, contributing to their resilience and ability to overcome difficulties. • As a manager—increasing levels of wellbeing in the organization, and with it increasing productivity, creativity, and retention. • As a teacher—helping you become a better, more authentic teacher, while helping your students lead healthier and happier lives, and improving their performance in school. • As a consultant—helping you bring out the best in individuals, teams, and organizations. • As a parent and/or partner—learning to bring out the best in yourself and your family, cultivating more positive and authentic relationships.

  • 2. How will I benefit from taking this program?

    Here is a partial list of the potential benefits of CiHS: • Engage with rigorous and accessible material that can help you find more meaning and joy in your life. • Learn to help others—whether family members, friends, or colleagues—lead a happier, more meaningful life. • Assume the role of Chief Well-Being / Happiness Officer (CWOs, CHOs) or a Wellbeing Program Manager of an organization—whether a business, an NGO, or a school. • Conduct workshops, lead seminars, and deliver lectures in the field of Happiness Studies to the general public and/or professional groups. • Ongoing access to new material including the latest research and ideas in the field of happiness studies. • Exclusive access to live, online and face-to-face events. • Membership in a supportive international community dedicated to making the world a better, happier place.

  • 3. What is so special about this program?

    The Certificate in Happiness Studies (CiHS) is the first and only program of its kind. While there are several programs that focus on the psychology of happiness or the philosophy of happiness, there is no program or course that explores happiness through the lens of different disciplines—including psychology and philosophy, as well as history, theology, biology, economics, literature, art, and more. The program provides the knowledge and tools to generate happiness on the individual, interpersonal, organizational, and national level.

  • 4. What does this program include?

    The certificate in Happiness Studies program is a year-long online program and comprises two courses: 1. Introduction to Happiness Studies. A theoretical and scientific exploration of the field (26 weeks) 2. Facilitating Happiness. Evidence-based tools and techniques for a happier life (20 weeks). The first course includes 26 lectures and 13 live webinars, while the second course includes 14 lectures and 6 webinars – all led entirely by Dr. Ben Shahar. You will receive lifetime access to lectures and the opportunity to ask questions, share insights, and learn through the live webinars. In addition, each week you will receive guided meditations, visualization exercises, journaling activities and more.

  • 5. Do I need to go somewhere in order to hear the lectures?

    No :) - This is an ONLINE program. You can learn from wherever you are and integrate the teachings into your day to day life. We estimate you will have to DEVOTE 3-4 hours a week to the lessons.

  • 6. What happens if I start the program and don't like it?

    We are sure you will! But, in case you won't, you can get a refund within 30 days.