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The Science of Well-Being

Yale University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Psychology
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
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  • Duration 10 weeks long
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“The Science of Well-Being” taught by Professor Laurie Santos overviews what psychological science says about happiness. The purpose of the course is to not only learn what psychological research says about what makes us happy but also to put those strategies into practice. The first part of the course reveals misconceptions we have about happiness and the annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do. The next part of the course focuses on activities that have been proven to increase happiness along with strategies to build better habits. The last part of the course gives learners time, tips, and social support to work on the final assignment which asks learners to apply one wellness activity aka "Rewirement" into their lives for four weeks.

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Laurie Santos

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Adam S
5.0 5 months ago
Adam completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Great course which I find myself suggesting to many friends because of it's positive impact on my own life.

The course is a series of lectures with slides detailing specific psychological studies and their main points which are relevant for a 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. At the end of the course, I feel more aware with how my actions impact my happiness and have already gotten a few habits down so that I just feel better overall. I'm grateful things like this exist!
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Angie F
5.0 8 months ago
Angie is taking this course right now.
Such an important topic and yet not well known or given the importance it should get. Money and the things we believe will make us complete and therefore happy are not really the key to being discover happiness..

This course will really open your mind and will allow you to see that you can be happy right now without having to wait to be rich, or to have the things that you may think will make you happy. This psychology based class, makes sense, it’s clear and easy to understand for any level and the best part, it’s free!!! You can take it simply by signing up! Time worth spent!
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5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
It really makes you think about what happiness means to most people and especially to you. Through week 1 to 10 you get video’s of a yale class, and it makes you feel like you’re sitting right there with them. The teacher is great and inspiring.
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Poon C
5.0 5 months ago
by Poon completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course introduces you with some basic ideas of positive psychology. You are introduced in the knowledge in the first 6th weeks so it will be more cramped. The last 4 weeks require you to do a rewirement challenge and is more relaxed.

I learn something in this course and would like to dig deeper in the subject. The target of audience is students but the concept is suitable to adult.
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