School of Happiness

School of Happiness

Wake up excited, go to bed happy, love your life. | taught by Vanessa Van Edwards
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Course description

Stop waiting for happiness.

It’s time to elevate your joy, be more fulfilled and live a life you love. I want to show you how.

The School of Happiness is a 10-week, science-based program to permanently increase your life satisfaction and levels of joy. We want to help you find your bliss.

Why You?

You may be here because you believe that life has more to offer. Maybe you worry that you are not living up to your potential in your personal or professional life. Or perhaps you’re not as happy and fulfilled as you yearn to be. Specifically:

  • Are you languishing not flourishing?
  • Are you bored and restless?
  • Do you wake up dreading the day?

I want more for you too. And I know I can help. Wanting to be happy is not wishful thinking, it’s your right.

The Benefits of Happiness:

Happiness has so many scientifically-proven benefits. Research has found that the happier you are the more effective you are in all areas of your life. Specifically:

  • More Friends: Happy people have more friends and are deemed overall more pleasant, helpful and sociable.
  • Increased Income: A University of College London study found that people who are happy as young adults go on to earn more than their peers later in life. Researchers at Wharton Business School even found that companies with happy employees outperform the stock market year on year.
  • Better Decisions: Happy people make better decisions and are more creative.
  • More Productive: Warwick University Economics professors found that happy people are more productive–12% more after being put into a good mood.
  • Live Longer: Happier people live longer, have a lower risk of heart disease and are 50% less likely to get a cold!
  • Happier Friends: Happier people have happier friends–yes, really! Psychologist James H. Fowler studied the data of 5,000 people over 20 years and found that happiness benefits other people through three degrees of connection and that the effects last for a year. He says: “We found a statistical relationship not just between your happiness and your friends’ happiness, but between your happiness and your friends’ friends’ friends’ happiness.”
  • Are Financially Healthy: Happy people save more and have more control over their finances.
  • Larger Impact: Happy people tend to leave a more positive impact on society.
  • Better Life: I mean, come on--happiness feels freakin’ awesome.

Overview of the Program:

The School of Happiness is a 10-week online video training program presented in a way that’s easy to understand, but robust enough to overhaul your happiness behavior. This course aims to level up your life satisfaction along with developing your relationships and career. This course is for individuals who love exceeding expectations, being better than average and want to explore the science of how to achieve deeper levels of happiness.

  • 10 Week Program: Once you enroll you will get instant (and unlimited) access to over 30 videos and 10 weeks worth of activities. We organized the program to give you an instant burst of happiness but also systematically change your life for the longterm.
  • School of Happiness Workbook: You will also get a School of Happiness Workbook to supplement the video learning and to give your written Happy Plan of Action.
  • Happy Support Staff: We have an amazing group of happiness trainers to help you as you move through the program.
  • Happy Community: Your fellow happiness revolutionaries are fun, smart and generous and will work alongside you!

Special Note: This program is not one-sized fits all. While the science of happiness is consistent, how you apply the science is tailored to you. We give you a framework that will perfectly match your needs.

12 Benefits You Will Get From This Program…

  1. Recharge your energy batteries so you feel excited about what’s coming up next in your life.
  2. Increase your influence–happy people are contagious and charismatic.
  3. Reassess your priorities to make sure what you do, works for you.
  4. Get you out of an emotional rut to help stimulate new ideas, passions and ambitions.
  5. Lessen anxiety, worry and dread.
  6. Increase daily joy, contentment and excitement.
  7. Supercharge your efficiency–when you love what you do, you do it better.
  8. Help you increase your earning power. Happiness gives you a competitive edge by connecting you with influencers so you are a stand out in your industry.
  9. Make you a better friend, partner, parent and colleague.
  10. Prevent funks, moodiness and dips in energy before they start–and know how to snap out of it when they do.
  11. Help your immune function and your health, which enables us to live a more balanced, fulfilled life.
  12. Reduce drama, conflict and avoid arguments by adjusting your negativity bias.

Bonus: We’re not often told to consume more dessert, but that’s what I’m going to do. This program is freakin’ awesome and should feel like a giant course cake, wrapped in video jokes and sprinkled with smiles. I worked my booty off to make sure that the course is both enjoyable and life changing.

Focusing on your happiness is the most rewarding work you’ll ever do.

The Science of Happiness:

We have cracked the code on happiness. The only way to make lasting happiness changes is to take a science-based approach.

For the School of Happiness we had over 1,285 people in our lab take our happiness audit. Then we delved into every happiness citation we could get our hands on–over 200 studies! We compared the results and constructed a program for lasting happiness.

The research on joy is clear: Achieving happiness is so worth the effort! Studies show that happiness is the cause AND the effect of many desirable circumstances. The happier you are, the stronger your marriage, the better your friendships, the healthier your immune system and –this is the big one, the higher your income.

Why Happiness:

Do you put everyone else’s needs before your own?

Happiness Quote

I used to think that I didn’t deserve to be happy and that finding happiness was an indulgent endeavor. It took me many years to realize that we are all worthy of a happy, fulfilled life. If you are grappling with these feelings right now, please know you are not alone! I am proud of you for putting yourself first and making your happiness a priority.

Remember, happiness makes you a better partner, parent and friend. Yes, your happiness is for your benefit AND others.


Why Me?

I am obsessed with improving your life.

I’m not joking! For the last 10 years I have been studying the hidden forces that drive our behavior. In my human behavior research lab we ask people invasively personal questions, make them take all kinds of tests and practicums. Oh it’s so fascinating–don’t worry, no humans or animals have ever been harmed in the fun!

My team and I compare our lab results with the latest research in psychology, neuroscience and behavioral economics. We’re looking for patterns–how to achieve high performance, how to extend human potential and how to leverage our inner awesome.

In my dream world, everyone would be living a life they wouldn’t trade.

No settling. No second guessing. I hope to show people how to live their ideal…But this isn’t about me, it’s about you!

Who Should Take This Course:

This course is for the emotionally frustrated people who want more. This course is for people who know that there has to be better, simpler and more authentic behavioral tools to revisit and rethink our life satisfaction. One thing I have found striking in our happiness experiments is that people often feel they don’t deserve happiness or they feel ‘silly’ making it a priority. So, here we go:

You have permission to be happy.

You have permission to ask for what you need.

You have permission not to suffer to ‘earn’ your joy.

You have permission to start dreaming again.

Take your happiness into your own hands.

Warning: This course will challenge some of your fundamental habits and assumptions. Most of our previous students have told us that they felt like they were seeing people and relationships in a new way–and sometimes that brought some hard truths. We also show you areas of your life that you probably didn’t think you had any control over–but you do! I’m a big believer in sculpting your life into what you want it to be. And this means taking action. If you take our program, it also means:

Change is coming.

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

I had this sign made for my wedding day (we had it pointing towards the ceremony area. Now it is in front of our house and it is a reminder for me every time I come home: Look for happiness everywhere, every day.


This is a psychology based curriculum using the latest science out of academic institutions and peer reviewed journals. It’s not some wishy-washy, granola, mantra chanting affirmation program (hey, if that works for you, more power to ya!) But we have something different in mind. Despite being hopeful that there is more happiness waiting for us in our life, I know many people have a hard time believing that happiness can actually be taught.

Academic Proof: Psychologists, researchers and neuroscientists have been studying happiness for decades. In addition to our own research, there are thousands of studies spanning many disciplines that have gone into developing the School of Happiness. Specifically, we have selected 242 happiness citations to build the exercises and activities for the course.

Personal Proof: Before turning to the true science of happiness I floundered with dozens of happiness books and articles and even took a $4,500 happiness program that just couldn’t bring lasting change. I was deeply unhappy, dissatisfied and highly anxious for about 7 years until I decided something had to change. If it worked for me-getting me out of one of the darkest loneliest periods, I know it can work for you. The photo above is a sign made for my wedding day (we had it pointing towards the ceremony area. Now it is in front of our house and it is a reminder for me every time I come home: Look for happiness everywhere, every day.

Social Proof: Over the last 10 years, our science-based approach has been featured in a number of media outlets including CNN, the Huffington Post and NPR. Our research has been taught to hundreds of audiences around the world. I have taught over 40,000 students our innovative methods and I would be honored to help you too.


This is more than a book. This is more than a course. This is a school. Here is how we have built in full-fledged support as you go through the School of Happiness:

Live, Q&A Party Hours

This is the most high-touch support we could think of–live WEEKLY calls with me, our happy staff and fellow students. Not only will I be answering all of your questions, but I will also be able to dive into real-life examples and share new research. These video chats will be recorded so you can watch them live or over and over again later. Secretly, I am most excited for these party hours because I get to hang out with you!

Happy Community

Once you enroll, there will be a happy community of fellow students waiting for you. We even have Happiness Graduates in the happy forums to help you as you go through the program for the first time. They can offer you guidance, personal anecdotes and insider tips.

Happy Workbook

Along with all of the videos, you also have an intensive workbook that can support and supplement your learning. We not only have tons of additional activities in the workbook, but it will also serve as your guide in the future. You can reference it over and over again.

Guarantee: Of course, if you are unhappy with the course in any way, you can get a full no-questions asked refund within the first 30 days–we want you to be BEYOND happy with your purchase. Enrolling in the course is absolutely risk-free.

This program is for people who want massive developments in their relationships, career and life satisfaction. If you are curious and have a feeling that there is more to life than your current experience, sign-up for the School of Happiness right now.



PS- Right now you are probably trying to decide if you want to embark on this journey–and we know it is an investment of both time and money. I want to reassure you that you will not be alone in this journey. I will be with you every step of the way! As you take in tons of information and begin to experience all of the changes, remember I will be doing it with you. All I want is for you to succeed and to have a super happy experience in the school.

I’m with you. I’ll support you. I can’t wait to meet you.

Vanessa Van Edwards
Vanessa Van Edwards
Lead Investigator, Science of People

I built People School to work with you. I love working with people like you – if you are a science-obsessed, uber achiever like me! After writing Captivate, I wanted a way to connect with students who needed more from their work, relationships and career. People School is all the science I didn’t put in the book – the advanced stuff, the master skills.

Creating People School is my first dream come true – it’s the program I wish I had at the start of my career. It would have saved me years of social frustration and thousands of dollars.

My second dream come true, will hopefully, be meeting you. I personally read every application. It’s challenging to find fellow like-minded people who are both driven and compassionate.

I know People School is an investment in both time and money, and I can promise that it will pay you back for the rest of your life. And if it doesn’t I am happy to offer our 100% money back guarantee.

If you want to succeed while building authentic relationships then I hope you will consider joining People School.

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