J. Amato

"Advancing our
coaching careers."

"This puts us on a whole different levels as coaches and in advancing our coaching careers."

M. Dinis Jar

"This is a life changing program."

"This is a life changing program. My life purpose is all about happiness and this program is exactly what I was looking for. This program is giving me so much to share with my clients, this is the perfect certification for what I want to do."

PHam Huong Giang


"Tal is really a knowledgeable and passionate trainer. I love the way he delivers the lecture."


David Wooldridge

"The HSA program has
holistically changed my life

"I have completed the course.....What an amazing experience.....Tal is an extraordinary teacher!

The HSA program has holistically changed my life. It represents the most profound learning experience I have ever engaged. And as a Vice President and General Manager for a fortune 50 company, I was exposed to very electric, dynamic and forward thinking educational programs. And none of them resinated with me like The Hsa field of studies program..I am completely committed to the Happiness revolution!"

N. Davis

"Working with a
master teacher

"The course has really reignited my “intellectual” influencer, which until now, I hadn’t even realized was dimmer than I thought. There is something so energizing about working with a master teacher, real-time within a collective environment of other students, even when your fellow students are virtual and studying at their own pace."

P. Miller

"This work is so very important."

"This program is quite extraordinary. The material is so very rich and deep, I will be returning to the readings and the extensive reading list for many years, probably for the rest of my life. This work is so very important, to all. As a coach, I am already using this wisdom and understanding with clients. I love the ability to quote text and to use research to support life concepts."

J. Martinez

"Tal’s lectures, take rigorous notes and reflect."

"I honestly have been blown-away by Tal Ben-Shahar’s curriculum and lectures. It has enriched my work, my life and literally my whole sense of being. I know that sounds dramatic, and it’s simply true. I look forward to waking-up early a couple of mornings a week to listen to Tal’s lectures, take rigorous notes and reflect."

Kim Salisbury

"Both programs are contributing beautifully"

"I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for this course. It is amazing. I am thrilled to be a part of this program. Each week I am excited to dive into the new material with anticipation. What Dr. Tal is teaching completely aligns with how I have been thinking and believing for the last ten years. This program lights me up and opens my mind to possibilities. It confirms how I have felt about the importance of the mind body connection. It also is not coincidental that I have just began my three year studies of somatic experiencing practitioner certification. Both programs are contributing beautifully to each other and I am confirmed that I am on the right track. I am currently a yoga therapist and I am so excited to see what is to come. Just wanted to say thank you thank you thank you!!!! With deepest gratitude"

Nina Cashman

"This course

"I just finished the final session, and I hope you'll accept this as my long and loud standing ovation. This course was AMAZING! I have gained so much out of it, both personally and professionally. It has motivated me to wake-up early in the morning to make time for the lectures, exercise regularly since last April (HIIT, no less : )), as well as build a solid routine around meditation (I do it while I boil my egg each morning, which takes 10 minutes at altitude : )). And, these are just the small changes that are greatly impacting my whole being and happiness. Now that I'm finished, I'm looking forward to reviewing my pages and pages of notes to think more about how to better incorporate all of this amazing material into my coaching practice. You can be certain that I've been peppering all of my clients with these learnings along the way. Meanwhile, I will miss waking-up to Tal's calm, yet inspiring voice, as he delivers endless wisdom. I'll also miss starting my day off with a cup of coffee, and the HSA video jingle : ). Thanks to all of you for delivering such an EXCELLENT course -- it's been one of the highlights of my year!"

L. Williams

"It truly was the
best year

"It truly was the best year taking this course along side you and so many other! The gain is priceless!"

H. Samuels

"I feel incredibly

"I’ve also found it amazing to observe how the information is delivered at exactly the right time for me on a personal level. Overall, I really cannot say enough about how great this program is, and I feel incredibly lucky, and grateful, that iPec plopped this opportunity directly into my lap. THANK YOU!"

M. Croz

"Go figure : )"

"And to think, I almost allowed this course to pass me by because I thought I was “too busy”!! Go figure : ). Luckily, the wiser part of me jumped in."

Catherine McNeill

Signing up for HSA was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Tal is an outstanding teacher; vastly knowledgeable, compassionate, and authentic. His ability to combine the rigorously scientific with wisdom traditions, literature and philosophy means that this multidisciplinary program has both great breadth and depth. The course material and tools are now a part of my life, and I will continue to use them, for the rest of my life. 

My relationships have deepened, my health has improved, and I am happier and more resilient. I am a better coach, a better partner, sister and friend, and a better business person.

During this year of the pandemic, HSA became a cornerstone in helping me to deal with the challenges Covid-19 brought, and to align my life with a strong foundation of wholebeing. I learned tools that helped me, and also allowed me to help my family, my coaching clients and my co-workers deal with the pandemic certainly, and improve our lives overall too. 

Take this program - you will be so glad you did! 

Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen

"Tal has genuinely
boosted my life skills.

"Tal's invaluable example and teachings inspire me every single day. Professionally, he introduced me to the happiness psychology that significantly influences my current research work of creating multimedia for wellness education. Personally, through practicing what he preaches and preaching with reliable stories, Tal has genuinely boosted my life skills and happiness. Because of his invaluable contributions and effective communication skills, I am grateful to have been (and to be) one of his students."

Henrique Bueno

"Passion and authenticity
for his work

"In times of transition, from difficult to easefull, from good to great, from old paradigms to new, we all seek guidance that includes wisdom, inspiration, practical tools, and the sense that we are in caring and trustworthy hands. Tal provides all this and brings such a passion and authenticity for his work and what he teaches that we each find ourselves motivated to dream a bit bigger, build a bit stronger and enjoy our lives a bit more fully!"

Hongli Chen

"Many people have been benefiting from."

"I am very thankful I did get Tal as my mentor in positive psychology. The combination of Western sciences and Eastern philosophy of Tal's lectures, as remarkable as he himself, makes him very unique in the field of happiness study. That's also what I admire. He is generous to give us much support as he can when I need, including writing the blurb for my first book about positive education book. Now I am following the calling of devote my life to human wellbeing and positive education which makes me feel happy and meaningful. At At the same time, many people have been benefiting from what I am doing."


"Tal really
helped me

"Tal really helped me to figure out what Happiness really is and why we need to not only study it, but also how to integrate it with our IPEC coaching."

Mary Mclendon

"This course has really opened my eyes."

"This course has really opened my eyes up to all the different integrated points around happiness. The different subjects, there are things that I have never been exposed to before so this has really expanded my thought process."

D. Addison

"I have been
blown away

"I have been blown away by Tal, the materials are very rich, deep, interesting. This is life changing indeed!!"

Isabel Castro

"This program has changed the way I see life... taught me the real meaning of success."

¨This program has allowed me to guide the lives of children, parents and other women, towards a more harmonious, family oriented, spiritual lifestyle. Doing this has filled my heart with much happiness along the way.
This program has done much more than allow me to guide their lives because it has also generated significant professional, personal and social changes in my life as well.  Furthermore, this initiative has helped me deal with my emotions, has changed the way in which I see life and has taught me the real meaning of success. 
I wish I had known these profound issues regarding happiness, self-knowledge, the integral being, and neuroscience, since the beginning of my professional life because many things would have been easier to deal with as an executive, a wife, a mother and a business driven person.
Thank you Tal, for all your lessons which have guided me along the path of joy, happiness, and what really matters in life.
Many thanks to you, Happiness Studies Academy and to all your wonderful Academic Team."

Santiago Jaramillo

"Turning the company's superior purpose to mobilize growth..."

"As a leader, training in happiness has enabled me to design a business culture based on the SPIRE model and to train the organization's leaders to replicate happiness on a larger scale; Turning the company into a prototype of a Center of Happiness whose superior purpose is to mobilize the growth of individuals, businesses and communities."

Valentina Marin

"It is an honor to be able to share what I learnd with Dr. Tal Ben Shahar..."

"When I was in school and university I did not like studying at all, I saw it as something boring and that I "had to" do. Today I am a # 1 fan of learning new things and I have been studying other disciplines for almost 4 years and being deeply amazed when I learn something new. I was fortunate to find and learn about subjects that I am passionate about and I would like to study for the rest of my life, such as the science of happiness, human flourishing, yoga, art therapy and surely others that will open up along the way.One of the perspectives of the SPIRE model of well-being tells us about the intellectual gaze, and about how curiosity and openness towards other topics and areas of knowledge is fundamental for our happiness, before I would not have imagined that learning and sharing knowledge could be one of the sources of my daily happiness.Today I am very happy to have completed my study with @happiness.studies.academy as a certified happiness trainer and it is an honor to be able to share what I learnd with Dr. Tal Ben Shahar my beloved mentor and teacher. 

With love, Vale 🧡"


"The HSA Certificate
program has made my
dreams come true!"

"The HSA certificate has been transformative in my life. I'm grateful for the high-quality teachings of Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar which have been a world of knowledge and inspiration that have enriched my life and have transformed the way I see the world. What I have learned gave me the extra push I needed to materialize my dream of creating a gratitude practice in the form of cards. Like Dr. Tal, I’m a firm believer that Gratitude is a superpower that every person on this planet can use to live a more satisfying life and become more resilient to take on everyday challenges. "


"I feel like a partner with HSA...excited to continue to grow and take on the challenges ahead as we change the world."

"In an effort to repair the damage in my heart, I began a journey to heal. I saw the course and it was a no-brainer- I signed up! The marriage between the lectures and the life journal was masterful.  Knowing that it wasn't "homework" but, "me-search" was motivating.  I "lived" the lectures, discovered new ways to approach my life and it also reinforced what I had already been doing. Tal was able to teach complex material in a way that was digestible. In fact, it wasn't until now, that I have realized how much I have been taught and how much holistic understanding I have of the material.  He is a master and his love for this field is clear.  He is humble and human and truly makes the student feel that we are on this journey together and that we are as important as he is to the course.  As an alumna, I feel like a partner with HSA.  I am excited to continue to grow and take on the challenges ahead as we change the world. Thank you for this gift.  I look forward to the future and the adventures to come.  The only conflict I graduate with is where to begin first?! I want to do it all- teach at schools, senior homes, seminars, build a happier center etc.  I'll take one step at a time and it will unfold.  I'm just glad that I have something more to offer our sad world. "

Conrado Martinez

"More than a course, this is a transformative experience.."

"If you want to improve your life, then this is the course for you. The course is perfectly structured and very easy to follow. Some parts are almost addictive, I strongly looked forward to the next lesson, but as I started to reach the end of the course, instead of looking forward to next lesson, I found myself wanting it to slow down.

The course is not only theoretical, I learned many things to improve my everyday life. For example, I started to practice Mindfulness every morning. I also started a Podcast, where I share what I´m learning with Tal. I talk about my transformative experience because I think that now I am a better person, both personally and professionally, and equipped to help spread happiness around me."


"This course should be a “sweet obligation” for every top manager"

"We all know that things arrive in our life at the right moment, but having worked in the first steel global company (ArcelorMittal) as a SVP International Affairs and later as the CEO of its global foundation for many years, I wish I would have known then what I learned with Tal Ben-Shahar. I would have suffered less, I would have understood more…

This is why I believe that this course should be a “sweet obligation” for every top manager all over the world. Companies would spend less money in coaching their executives suffering from burn-out.

I wish I had had such a course after my two burn-outs!

Nevertheless, now that I am walking new paths I am applying all have learned to live with a deeper happiness! Thank you Tal!"


"This was the best course I have ever encountered."

"The Happiness Studies Academy courses are so important for every human being from young to old to learn.  It provides the most practical tools to elevate happiness and wellbeing.  This was the best course I have ever encountered.  Tal is a great lecturer, highly articulate and pleasant. He leads his students through a journey with a comprehensive material and knowledge that makes this course outstanding. I implement the tools I have learned in my everyday life and use it in my clinic as a Chinese Medicine practitioner. and it works :)  Furtheremore; I started lecturing about happiness thanks to the coherent short lectures that Tal is providing each graduate. 

The HSA is a community of happiness minded people and as a student and graduate I am enjoying the weekly webinars that Tal is holding for this community. The webinars are a continuum to the courses and great reminders for me to stay in the happiness journey. I thank Tal and his staff so much for this wonderful opportunity for my personal and professional growth. "


"Joining HSA was one of my best decisions...."

"All I can say is that joining HSA was one of my best decisions. The SPIRE model is a perfect combination of ancient wisdom, new knowledge and scientific research (among other happy surprises throughout the course). 
Tal is a talented and generous teacher and I am grateful to be a part of a group of like-minded, like-hearted people that I can now call friends." 


"The course trains us to assist others and ourselves..."

"For me, the Happiness Studies Course trains us to assist others and/or ourselves to nurture and develop ourselves, as complete and complex individuals that we all are, by teaching or reminding us of ways; mindset; tools, and exercises to find the purpose in our every day and ultimately the purpose of our life. The course is created in the most humble; altruistic and enjoyable way with a lot of resources that can be (and certainly will be) used for a lifetime! "

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