Need some happiness instruction?

The rates of anxiety and depression among teenagers have reached alarming levels. And while there’s a difference between a serious mental illness and a student who’s a little stressed or just has the occasional (and normal) bout with the blues, it seems that many teens—and many adults—might need a little guidance to (re)discover some of the happiness we should all be able to enjoy.

The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley is launching “The Science of Happiness: A free online course exploring the roots of a happy, meaningful life.” From the course page:

“The free eight-week course explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life through science and practice. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from the latest research, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. The course is divided into eight one-week segments, with an additional week in the middle for a midterm and an extra week at the end for a final exam, though students have six months to complete the material at their own pace if they wish.”

Might be worthwhile to try it for yourself, or to forward to someone who might benefit.