Course ID: HAPPY

Happiness and the Pursuit of Ethics; Does Good Behavior Makes Us Happy – and Vice Versa

This course adds an interesting twist to the ancient question: “Why lead an ethical life?” Philosophers and psychologists have long argued that ethical behavior contributes to personal happiness…but what about the other way around? Are happy people more ethical — and unhappy people less? The concept raises powerful questions about leadership, education, human resources policies, and incentive compensation — just to name a few issues. From a practical standpoint, if we understand happiness and motivation better, can we create a more ethical workplace? This course is taught by Greg Conderacci, a BLI Senior Fellow, marketing consultant, and adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins schools of public health and business. A former Wall Street Journal staff reporter whose background includes a decade of working for the church and a stint as chief marketing officer for an investment bank, he brings a unique perspective to this course,

Learning Objectives

  • Come up with better, more powerful answers to key questions like “What do I want?”, “What will make me happier?”, “Why – and how – do I change my behavior?”
  • Learn how answers to those questions – and others like them – lead to more ethical behavior and a happier life
  • Have fun

Major Topics

  • Who says money can’t buy happiness? What the research actually says about this.
  • “You’ll be sorry…” Mom always said that to keep us on the straight and narrow. Is it true – even if we don’t get caught?
  • Is it our responsibility to make the people around us happier…because then they’ll be more ethical?
  • Happiness, ethics and productivity…in the long run.
  • Tips and tricks: how do we do this?

Who Should Attend

CPAs seeking to fulfill their ethics requirements, live a happier and more productive life, and make better ethical decisions

Fields of Study

Behavioral Ethics




Business Learning Institute

CPE Credits




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