You’ve heard of overpriced, oversold promises from self-help coaches and New Age retreats before. (And who wouldn’t be vulnerable to being duped after these past two exceptionally challenging years?) The rise of snake-oil salesmen is no secret to anyone reading the news or binge-watching Netflix’s extensive true crime or reality TV selections. (One of the most notable examples: Billy McFarland of Short Hills, an alum of Basking Ridge’s prestigious prep school, Pingry, who was convicted of fraud in 2018 after his ill-fated Fyre Festival.) Yet the trailblazing Master of Arts degree in happiness studies—the first of its kind in the country—promises to be different. It’s being offered at Hackettstown’s Centenary University this fall.
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