About this Course
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“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....
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Skills you will gain

HappinessGratitudeSavoringMeditation
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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2 hours to complete

Introduction

Why take this course?...
Reading
3 videos (Total 9 min), 8 readings
Video3 videos
Overview4m
Introduction & Background3m
Reading8 readings
Welcome Letter10m
Course Requirements10m
Course Rewirements10m
Rewirement Tracking10m
Optional Pre-Course Surveys10m
Measure Your Happiness and Discover Your Strengths10m
References & Notes10m
Ways to Learn More10m

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2 hours to complete

Misconceptions About Happiness

What do we think will make us happy? ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 68 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Gratitudem
G.I. Joe Fallacy4m
Part 1 - Good Job7m
Part 2 - Money11m
Part 3 - Awesome Stuff, True Love, Perfect Body & Good Grades12m
Annoying Features of the Mind8m
Question & Answer21m
Reading3 readings
Savoring & Gratitude10m
References & Notes10m
Ways to Learn More10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz12m

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2 hours to complete

Why Our Expectations are so Bad

Why do we mispredict what makes us happy?...
Reading
8 videos (Total 64 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Social Connectionm
Annoying Feature #14m
Annoying Feature #226m
Annoying Feature #37m
Annoying Feature #413m
Annoying Features Summary1m
Question & Answer9m
Reading3 readings
Kindness & Social Connection10m
References & Notes10m
Ways to Learn More10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz14m

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2 hours to complete

How Can We Overcome Our Biases

How we counteract our annoying features of the mind?...
Reading
7 videos (Total 73 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Sleepm
Part 1 - Rethink "Awesome Stuff"18m
Part 2 - Thwart Hedonic Adaptation20m
Part 3 - Reset Your Reference Points19m
Overcome Biases Summary2m
Question & Answer10m
Reading3 readings
Exercise & Sleep10m
References & Notes10m
Ways to Learn More10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz12m
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Top Reviews

By RWAug 10th 2018

So far so good. I enjoy the savoring and the gratitude i am continuing with. I am sharing my experiences and findings with my friends. They are happy to hear what i am explaining to them. Thanks, Bob

By GNJun 14th 2018

Exceptional course to understand the empirical science behind real well-being. Prof Santos' conversational teaching style is easy to follow - just great. I have recommended the course to others.

Instructor

Laurie Santos

Professor
Psychology

About Yale University

For more than 300 years, Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings people and ideas together for positive impact around the globe. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines. ...

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