Bristol University students who took on a “science of happiness” course were more upbeat at the end of it than students who hadn’t done the course.
The three-month module had academic and practical parts.
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The former covered the psychology and neuroscience of happiness. The latter involved students chatting to strangers and performing acts of kindness.
They were also asked to think about the impact of social media on happiness, and to chart their thoughts and feelings in a journal.
“I knew the students would enjoy the lectures as the content is so fascinating,” said Professor Bruce Hood, who runs the course.
“But I was truly astounded to discover the positive impact on their mental wellbeing.”