The most popular course at Yale University, with this semester enrolling 1,200 students (or a 1/4 of the undergraduate student body) is titled “Psychology and the Good Life.” You can now take this class for free renamed, “The Science of Well-Being” and focuses on what psychological science says about happiness.
Topics covered include misconceptions about happiness and strategies to reset our expectations. And in week five of the class, students will learn about stuff that really makes us happy.
“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.
Skills You Will Gain