UC Berkeley Faculty to Teach United Arab Emirates Science of Happiness

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Berkeley-Haas | UC Berkeley Faculty to Teach United Arab Emirates Science of Happiness  Fionce Siow | OCTOBER 7, 2016

UC Berkeley Executive Education, alongside the Haas School of Business and the campus’s Greater Good Science Center, is teaching 60 representatives from the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, on the science of positivity to foster a culture of happiness in their work and lifestyle.
 
According to Hana AlHashimi, happiness representative for the UAE Permanent Mission to the United Nations, UC Berkeley faculty will teach the UAE’s appointed 60 chief happiness and positivity officers, or CHPOs, about the science of happiness from September 2016 to January 2017. AlHashimi added that the CHPOs being taught are workers from a variety of fields, including the government and the private sector.
 
“The idea is that our new generation of national leaders that have been selected as chief happiness and positivity officers should be receiving world-class knowledge and practical skills in the field of happiness,” AlHashimi said.
 
The first module of the five-month program was taught from Sept. 4 to Sept. 9 in Dubai by Emiliana Simon-Thomas, science director of the Greater Good Science Center, and Dacher Keltner, campus psychology professor. According to Simon-Thomas, their lessons for the module revolved around the origins and key facets of happiness... READ MORE