Happiness studies is now a master’s degree program at N.J. university

Centenary students will examine meditation, goal setting, yoga, physical exercise, breathwork, and journaling.

When the news broke at the World Happiness Summit in Miami, Fla., the crowd cheered, the boldface names gave glad speeches, and future students started filling out their applications.

Tal Ben-Shahar, a co-founder of the online Happiness Studies Academy, had found his happy place: a small liberal arts university in Hackettstown, NJ.

Centenary University, with 1,100 undergraduate students and 830 graduate students, would be the home of the world’s first master’s program in Happiness Studies. In the 12 days since the announcement, 86 people have applied for the 18-month, $17,700 program.

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