The Science of Well-Being

Coursera The Science of Well-Being

Platform
Coursera
Provider
Yale University
Length
10 weeks
Language
English
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
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Overview
“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.

Syllabus
Introduction

Why take this course?

Misconceptions About Happiness
What do we think will make us happy?

Why Our Expectations are so Bad
Why do we mispredict what makes us happy?

How Can We Overcome Our Biases
How we counteract our annoying features of the mind?

Stuff that Really Makes Us Happy
What can we do to improve our happiness?

Putting Strategies into Practice
How can we intentionally put these strategies into practice and build healthier habits?

Start Your Final Rewirement Challenge
What rewirement will you commit to for the next 4 weeks?

Continue Your Rewirement Challenge
How can you rely on others to help you change your behaviors?

Continue Your Rewirement Challenge
How can you design your environment to help you change your behaviors?

Submit Your Final Assignment
What mindset can you have to appreciate your progress so far and continue your progress beyond the course?

Taught by
Laurie Santos
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