University Course in Sustainable Happiness

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Cape Breton University was the first post-secondary institution to offer a course in sustainable happiness. It is available on campus as well as through distance education. The course is currently designed as an elective for education students and communication students. However, the concept of sustainable happiness can be adapted to every discipline. I’ve posted my syllabus here which may be beneficial if you are interested in developing a course on sustainable happiness or inserting a module into an existing course.

Educ for SH and WB cover copyIf you are engaged in teacher training, my recent book, Education for Sustainable Happiness and Well-Being is filled with applications for teachers to explore sustainable happiness, personally and professionally.


Lessons in SH Front Cover2My ebook, Lessons in Sustainable Happiness, includes lessons for primary, junior, and intermediate grades.



SCI Spider BannerLooking for an innovative graduate program that incorporates sustainable happiness, well-being for all and Living Schools? I highly recommend Cape Breton University’s MEd(Sustainability, Creativity, & Innovation).

For further information about the university course, please see:

O’Brien, C. (2014). Sustainable happiness: Assisting pre-service teachers to understand the relationship between sustainability education and well-being. In F. Deer, T. Falkenberg, B. McMillan, & L. Sims (Eds.), (2014). Sustainable well-being: Concepts, issues, and educational practices (pp. 157-172). Winnipeg, MB: ESWB Press. Retrievable from

I’ve also co-developed an online course for the general public called Sustainable Happiness! There are more than 35 videos and numerous activities in this course that you may find valuable to explore sustainable happiness. Use the coupon code SH4Teachers to get 50% off!udemy Yellow Swallow Tail Butterfly