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Experience a Whole-Person Approach to Positive Psychology and Optimal Well-Being.

Positive Psychology is revolutionizing how we experience happiness. Research-based and heart-opening, the tools and practices of this cutting-edge science have infused the lives and careers of thousands of people around the world with greater joy and meaning. Engage brain, body, and heart with a powerful combination of intellectual rigor, authentic connection, and physical expression—and find out what it’s like to have an embodied experience of whole-person well-being.

In the year-long Certificate in Whole-Person Positive Psychology course, you’ll learn to

  • Bring about lasting change in yourself and in organizations
  • Create healthy personal and professional relationships
  • Build positive emotions and the resilience to deal with painful ones
  • Develop grounded optimism as you reach towards your ideal self.

Free Workbork

The course uses the SPIRE methodology for whole-person happiness—a pioneering approach that considers all aspects of your life—spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational and emotional.


Give the SPIRE process a try now. Look at each of the five dimensions and see which actions will have the greatest leverage for your well-being.


“The benefits are lasting and profound, having far-reaching effects on my work, my relationships, my family. Best of all, the faculty inspired me to think bigger, dream more, and share everything I learned with others.”

–Wendy McLean, founder and facilitator, Conscious Parenting Seminars

For Coaches, Business Leaders, Parents, Teachers, Entrepreneurs, Lifelong Learners, and Anyone Who Wants to Make Tomorrow a Little Bit Better than Today.

Whether you want to improve your home life, better your workplace, grow personally or professionally, or start a new career, the Certificate in Positive Psychology offers you in-depth study, world-class faculty, and transformative experiences.

  • Eight Online Modules that combine prerecorded video lectures by leading experts including live question-and-answer sessions via video webinars with rotating core faculty; webinars with special guests focusing on the practice of positive psychology; reading assignments and homework; forum discussions and small-group work.
  • Onsite Immersions that bring together faculty and students from around the world for personal interaction, dynamic exercises, and a peaceful yet powerful gathering of community.
  • Ongoing Interaction with small groups of fellow students in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.

Download the full syllabus with the reading list and an overview of all the modules.

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Online Learning

There is no special technology needed to join the online modules—access to the internet is all that is required. The virtual classroom is a password-protected website that can only be accessed by course participants. It’s the place to go for your homework, video lessons, and reading assignments; to ask questions of the faculty or teaching assistants; and to read or post in the discussion group.

1. Introduction to Positive Psychology

This module introduces the emerging field of positive psychology—the scientific study of optimal human functioning. You explore the theoretical and practical implications of a positive focus; the positivity ratio; dealing with painful emotions through acceptance, gratitude, and appreciation; and attaining lasting change.

2. Onsite Immersion

This module moves the class from an online experience to a community of support, setting the stage for the group work to come. Peer groups of six are created during this time, and students leave with a group-determined structure for the peer communications and a plan of action for instituting positive habits through the 30-day challenge.

The onsite schedule includes didactic lectures, reflective/introspective exercises such as meditation and journaling, connected learning through small groups or dyads, and optional movement breaks, such as yoga.

3. What is Happiness?

This module begins by defining happiness as the overall experience of meaning and pleasure. You are introduced to the theory and practice of leading a happy life, one that combines positive emotions and a sense of purpose. Topics covered include finding flow, identifying our purpose, dealing with stress and procrastination, and the happiness revolution.

4. Realizing Dreams

We all have dreams and aspirations, but most people’s dreams remain unrealized. This module looks at how we can cultivate the seeds of hope and help them flourish. Topics covered include beliefs as self-fulfilling prophecies, setting goals, focusing on personal strengths, and learning from failure.

5. Change

Most change efforts fail. A great deal of money and time is spent by individuals and organizations attempting to bring about change, and yet what we mostly witness is the “honeymoon effect”—a temporary, short-lived result. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and techniques spanning the ABCs of psychology (affect, behavior, cognition), this module looks at how to bring about personal and organizational change that lasts.

6. Mind-Body Connection

Over the past few decades, Western scientists and practitioners have become increasingly interested in the mind-body connection. This module introduces well-researched and thoroughly validated tools and techniques that can enhance the quality of our lives. Topics include mindfulness meditation, physical exercise, nutrition, sleep, and human touch.

7. Relationships

Relationships are the number-one generator of well-being; when they go awry, they produce pain and misery. This module attempts to distinguish between myths and facts in the realm of relationships—whether between lovers, friends, family members, or teachers and students. It introduces the science behind this seemingly elusive realm, without extinguishing its allure and beauty.

8. Coaching

Positive psychology can provide the scientific grounding for coaching, while coaching can be considered the applied arm of positive psychology. This module, drawing on a strengths-based approach as well as solution-focused and evidence-based coaching, looks at a process for helping individuals and organizations realize their goals and fulfill their potential.

9. Choice and Co-creating Reality

At every moment in our lives, we have a choice. Moments add up to a lifetime; choices add up to a life. This module summarizes the material presented in the previous seven modules through looking at the choices that we make—whether these are major choices, such as deciding on the kind of work we want to pursue or the kind of person we want to spend our lives with, to minor choices, such as the physical posture we choose to assume when walking into a room or the way we respond to a request from a colleague. It is through these choices—major and minor—that we become co-creators of our reality.

10. Onsite Immersion

In this final module, you move from student to teacher. The final project gives you the opportunity to synthesize and summarize what is personally most compelling for you about positive psychology, and present it to a small group of peers. This module emphasizes the concept of serving it forward—sharing with others the key lessons you’ve learned. Even though the class is ending, the impact on the individual and the community will continue to move forward.

At the conclusion of this immersion, you’ll receive your Certificate in Whole-Person Positive Psychology from Wholebeing Institute.

“This course is the most powerful and important training program I have ever been exposed to. I use it every day.”

Michael Silverstein, senior partner and managing director, Boston Consulting Group

Core Faculty


Tal Ben ShaharTal Ben-Shahar, PhD, has lectured at Harvard University, where his course in positive psychology was the most popular at the school. He’s the author of the international best-sellers Happier, Being Happy, and Choose the Life You Want, and is the co-founder of Wholebeing Institute.
Megan McDonoughMegan McDonough, CEO and co-founder of Wholebeing Institute, is the award-winning author of Infinity in a Box, A Minute for Me, and Radically Receptive Meditation.
Maria SiroisDr. Maria Sirois, PsyD, has been teaching at the forefront of wellness, psychology, and spirituality for more than two decades. She’s the author of Every Day Counts and A Short Course in Happiness After Loss.

Megha Nancy Buttenheim Megha Nancy Buttenheim, MA, E-RYT, is the founding director of Let Your Yoga Dance® LLC. She is a faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.

Phoebe Atkinson Phoebe Atkinson delivers executive leadership programs and co-facilitates an ongoing program at Rutgers University Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Free Workbork

The course uses the SPIRE methodology for whole-person happiness—a pioneering approach that considers all aspects of your life — spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational and emotional.


Give the SPIRE process a try now. Look at each of the five dimensions and see which actions will have the greatest leverage for your well-being.


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