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Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman—renowned worldwide as the “father of Positive Psychology”—has led visionary leaps in the scientific research, empirical data and personal understandings of human flourishing. This course explores the past, present and future of positive psychology as a journey through the key scientific leaps led by Dr. Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center and Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. There are no prerequisites....
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Subtitles: English, Spanish, German

What you will learn

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    Describe why mind and body flourish together
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    Discuss inspiring new developments in the field of Positive Psychology
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    Explain how skills of well-being can be learned and taught
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    Understand the scientific foundations of Positive Psychology

Skills you will gain

Character Strengths And VirtuesGratitudePositive EducationPositive Psychology
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100% online courses

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week

Approx. 18 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, German

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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5 hours to complete

Positive Psychology Introduction by Dr. Martin Seligman

In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman introduces the scientific foundations of positive psychology and key research findings that led to a revolutionary understanding of what makes people flourish. Participants will learn about research-based skills and exercises to increase well-being and begin to practice these skills in their own lives. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 62 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video10 videos
Module 1 Introduction1m
Positive Psychology: Toward a Balanced, Empirical Understanding of Well-being7m
What Do We Mean by the "Positive" in Positive Psychology?6m
Seeds of Flourishing: The Personal in Parallel with a Developing New Field7m
How Do People Explain Bad Events? Risk Factors and Protective Factors for Depression5m
Health is a Skill: Learned Optimism6m
Laying the Foundation: Defining, Measuring, and Testing Happiness and Flourishing8m
Building Blocks: PERMA: Defining Wellbeing12m
Try This At Home: Building the Skill of Gratitude. Suggested Exercise: What Went Well?3m
Reading5 readings
Dr. Martin Seligman Biography5m
Key Point: Learned Helplessness3m
Key Point: Optimism can be learned5m
PERMA Overview15m
Which Character Strengths Are Most Predictive of Well-Being?10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Try This At Home: What Went Well10m
Module 120m

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3 hours to complete

The Skills of Well-being Can Be Learned, Taught, and Transformative

In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman shares the great leaps in scientific understanding that created the foundation for a science of well-being at individual, communal, and global levels. ...
Reading
13 videos (Total 80 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video13 videos
Building Skills to Flourish7m
Positive Interventions: Testing What Works2m
Stage 1: Teaching Skills for Wellbeing Proactively Can Prevent Anxiety and Depression in Children8m
Stage 2: The Leap from Research to Policy in the United Kingdom3m
Stage 3: The Science of Grit and a New Understanding: How to Foster Flourishing in Schools3m
Stage 4: Transcending Curriculum to Transform Culture in Schools7m
Stage 5: From Whole Schools to Whole Communities4m
Stage 6: Whole Force Resilience11m
Positive Education: Teaching Academic Success and Well-Being9m
Positive Education: Taking It to Scale9m
Positive Education: Replicating Success Worldwide7m
Try This At Home: Building Positive Relationships Through Active Constructive Responding4m
Reading2 readings
Review of Flourish by Richard Layard15m
Well-being and Public Policy15m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Try This At Home: ACR10m
Module 220m

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5 hours to complete

Being Whole: Mind/Body Flourishing Throughout Life

In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman shares key research questions from the field of Positive Psychology, and the answers turn some conventional assumptions on their head. Are we shaped by the future vs. the past? And what does science tell us about mind/body flourishing? What gets better as we age?...
Reading
10 videos (Total 68 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Drawn By the Future: A Revolution in Psychology9m
Drawn By the Future: A Revolution in Psychology Part 26m
Drawn By the Future: The Science of Prospection8m
Positive Health: Mind and Body Flourish Together6m
New Directions in Mental and Physical Health8m
Positive Aging: Creativity and Strengths Throughout Life4m
Creativity and Imagination10m
Creativity and Imagination Part 28m
Try This At Home: Know and Grow Your Strengths3m
Reading7 readings
Watch This Video: Can You Believe Your Eyes?2m
Homo Prospectus Review10m
More about the Selective Attention Test20m
Optimistic Minds and Healthy Hearts20m
The Creative Life and Well-Being20m
What Are Your Signature Strengths vs. What's Your Type?20m
Share Your Strengths10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Know and Grow Your Strengths10m
Module 3 Quiz20m

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3 hours to complete

Future Directions in Positive Psychology

In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman discusses some of the most inspiring recent and future developments in the field of Positive Psychology, in particular those that transcend individual experience and have the potential to transform our world....
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10 videos (Total 91 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
The Future of Positive Psychology: Key Topics3m
Constructive Journalism22m
Constructive Journalism - some Q&A with Cathrine Gyldensted15m
Positive Psychology and Spiritual Experience7m
Positive Psychology and Spiritual Experience Part 26m
World Well-Being and Big Data10m
World Well-Being and Big Data Part 217m
Try This at Home: Fun Vs. Philanthropy3m
Drawn by the Vision of a Flourishing Future3m
Reading4 readings
Learn More about Constructive Journalism15m
Truly Awe-some Science15m
What Your Tweets Say about You and Your World18m
Participate in the World Well-Being Project (optional)10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Try This At Home: Fun vs. Philanthropy10m
Module 420m
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Top Reviews

By RSDec 9th 2017

Very self-enhancing. Activities are fun and at the same time a good avenue for learning experiences. Very positive and student engaging. Thank you for giving me the chance to be part of this course =)

By MKAug 26th 2018

Glad to learn lot of experimental positive psychology tools to use in day to day life and helped to practice positive psychology coaching through this course. Thank you Coursera for this opportunity.

Instructor

Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.

Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology & Director, Positive Psychology Center
Positive Psychology Center

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

About the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization

The University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman welcome you to Foundations of Positive Psychology. Our five-course specialization provides you with the key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application. Course topics include • Positive Psychology: Martin E.P. Seligman’s Visionary Science with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman • Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions with Dr. James Pawelski • Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods with Dr. Angela Duckworth & Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft • Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills with Dr. Karen Reivich • Positive Psychology Specialization Project with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman...
Foundations of Positive Psychology

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