The Science of Well-Being

Yale’s famous happiness course is available for free right through Coursera, and it is awesome. It offers a theoretical look on happiness and well-being. It also gives you practical challenges challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. With over 3.7 million enrollments, The Science of Well-Being is one of the most popular courses on Coursera.

The course reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

This 19 hours course is a series of lectures with slides detailing specific psychological studies and their main points which are relevant for an every day people in every day life. The course has a big focus on practicing habits which have been shown to increase your happiness. The idea is to not only understand the science, but give the tools and the structure to try them out so that you can help yourself feel better. There are many different habits and practical techniques covered, so there’s something for everyone.

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