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Yale's Course on Happiness is Being Offered for FREE!

Updated: Jun 25, 2018

This course on happiness is being offered for FREE! I'm signed up and will post updates as I go through the class. If you go through the class, I would love to hear your feedback on what you think about the information.


Yale University has been teaching classes for 316 years – but none of their courses has been as popular as their course on happiness.

Almost a quarter of the student body signed up for “Psych 157: Psychology and the Good Life” during its inaugural year. That’s about 1,000 youngsters all expressing interest in learning about mental health and wellbeing.

The course was so popular, the Ivy League School decided to start teaching the class online for free – and anyone can enroll.

The modified 6-week class, which is called “The Science of Well-Being”, is being taught by psychology and cognitive science professor Laurie Santos on Coursera, a free online college education platform.

The class description says: “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 half 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 second half of the course focuses on activities that have been proven to increase happiness along with strategies to build better habits.”

“The hope is that this isn’t gonna be an ordinary class or lecture series,” Santos says in the introduction video. “This is the kind of thing that we hope will change your life in a real way.”

Link to Good News Network's article


I've been watching the video lectures of this course ... they're pretty good with some interesting facts. For example, there's lots of research documenting how a person's happiness is not significantly influenced by things or money. A person's happiness is more linked to the positive connections he/she has.

My only concern about this series of lectures is that the students in the group do not seem very interactive ... maybe they'll loosen up with time?!


Interesting studies on how we compare ourselves to others all the time. Studies are also showing that the brain automatically compares, but we're not always aware of whether who we're comparing ourself to is reasonable. This unreasonable comparision leads to less happiness.

The students have loosened up and seem more engaged - yay!

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