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PSYC 157: Yale’s Happiness Course

 In Body, Mood
Photo by Jan Gottweiss on Unsplash

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a class about happiness? Quartz reported over a quarter of the undergraduate class at Yale signed up to take “Laurie Santos’ happiness class” in one semester. Laurie Santos is a Professor of Psychology at Yale University. You too can take a version of this 4 week course, The Science of Wellbeing, for free on Coursera. The course was recorded in Santos’ home and consists of 1 topic a week, covered by a lecture and a few readings per topic.

In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos 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.

Laurie Santos – Coursera Class description

We talk about creating good habits that go along with doing pleasurable activities (behavior points) and increasing or maintaining positive emotions (mood points). By taking this course you could find new and fun ways to maintain your positive emotions and possibly earn some behavior points for taking steps toward mastering this course!

Check out the course syllabus here.

Have you taken this course? What did you think?

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