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A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment, Indian School of Business

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What are the determinants of a happy and fulfilling life? This is surely one of life’s biggest questions, and a question that has interested many of our ancestors. Buddha famously gave up his kingdom in search of happiness. Several Greek philosophers (from Aristotle to Epicurus and Plato to Socrates) had their own views on what it takes to be happy. And of course, we all have our own theories about happiness too. How valid are our theories? Until recently, if you wished for an answer to this question, you would've been forced to base it on discussions with spiritual leaders. Or, if you were lucky, you could've based it on late-night (and perhaps intoxicant-fueled) conversations with friends and family. Happily, all that has changed now. Over the past decade-and-a-half, scientists have gotten into the act big time. We now have a pretty good idea of what it takes to lead a happy and fulfilling life. This course, based on the award-winning class offered both at the Indian School of Business and at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, developed by Prof. Raj Raghunathan (aka "Dr. Happy-smarts") draws content from a variety of fields, including psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral decision theory to offer a tested and practical recipe for leading a life of happiness and fulfillment. Although not mandatory, reading Prof. Raj's forthcoming book, titled If you're so smart, why aren't you happy? can help you review and assimilate the material covered in this book at your leisure. For Coursera learners alone, the hardcover version of the book is available for a deep discount of 50%, plus shipping and handling. You can order the hardcover for 50% off by writing to Aaron at: Please mention that you are a student of the "coursera happiness course" in your email. The course will feature guest appearances by several well-known thought leaders, including: - Dan Ariely (author of Predictably Irrational and, soon to be released, Irrationally Yours), - Ed Diener (“Dr. Happiness”), - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (author of Flow), By taking this course, you will discover the answers to questions such as: - Why aren’t the smart-and-the-successful as happy as they could—or should—be - What are the “7 Deadly Happiness Sins” that even the smart and the successful commit?, and - What are the “7 Habits of the Highly Happy” and how can you implement them in your life? By the end of the course, I expect students who have been diligent with the lectures and exercises to not just gain a deeper understanding of the science of happiness, but to also be significantly happier....

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Apr 24, 2018

Excellent course, Professor Raj is great. I found it very helpful to see what types of personality traits I have that may contribute to my happiness level and possible approaches to dealing with them.


Jan 24, 2017

This course is a joy! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Practical advice based on long-term research, interviews with worldwide experts on the topics discussed, and a fabulous professor. So great!

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Feb 14, 2019

very unusual to see how scientific happiness can be.

Good advises and points to think of, especially all different kinds of surveys and experiments.

By D.Kavitha

Feb 05, 2019

Well structured course and really enjoyed doing it..

By Gourav Kumar Singh

Feb 03, 2019

changed the way of being happy

By Claudia Cardona

Feb 03, 2019

it is great, only having problems with scheduling, the rest is what I was in need and wanted.

By Yogendra Pal

Feb 02, 2019

Completed only one week of training and already feeling motivated to gain more happiness. :)

By Barbara Knight

Feb 01, 2019

Amazing course!

By ekaterina pankova

Jan 31, 2019

Это самый лучший курс , что когда либо я проходила! Спасибо ,профессор Ражд

By Rasha Abduallah

Jan 30, 2019

Thank you soooooooooo much


Jan 30, 2019

motivational course. i like it

By Ana Kerima Gutiérrez Morales

Jan 28, 2019

I loved this course, it has changed my everyday life in so many ways I feel very gratefull. Thank you very very much.