For the International Day of Happiness, we’ve rounded up five courses and Specializations that can boost your mood and give you the tools to live a more balanced and joy-filled life. It’s true — learning really can help you achieve happiness!
Happiness is associated with many positive benefits that can help you improve your health, career, and your personal life.
Happiness can make you more resilient to stress. Studies show that your state of mind is linked to your physical health, which means that happiness may help lengthen your life. Read on to see our International Day of Happiness picks.
1. The Science of Well-Being – Yale University
Yale’s most popular course is now on Coursera. The Science of Well-Being, taught by Laurie Santos, shows you the factors that determine happiness according to psychological research. You’ll also learn misconceptions about happiness and the logic behind the mind thinks. The course’s hands-on projects give you the strategic tools you need to build habits that promote happiness.
2. Foundations of Positive Psychology – University of Pennsylvania
The first course in this Specialization is taught by Dr. Martin Seligman, a famous psychologist who is often credited as the father of positive psychology. Through 5 courses, you’ll learn about key theories and research achievements in the field of psychology. After that, you’ll dive into a series of projects that help you apply happier ways of thinking to your day-to-day life.
3. Achieving Personal and Professional Success – University of Pennsylvania
Do you want to be more successful? This Specialization helps you to be your best self and demonstrates ways to achieve your personal and professional goals. Learn how to define success on your own terms and determine what you want for your future. Learn what habits successful people share and gain nuggets of inspiration for your own life. You’ll learn how to lead the life you want, and you’ll build leadership skills you can use at work or at home.
4. A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment – Indian School of Business
How does one live a happy and fulfilling life? This course will help you tackle one of life’s biggest questions. Developed by Professor Raj Raghunathan (aka “Dr. Happy Smarts”), this award-winning course offers content from fields such as psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral theory to formulate a recipe for happiness and fulfillment.
5. The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know – University of Michigan
By the time you finish this course, you’ll know more than most people about what makes a successful life. Learn the common myths about success that can distract you from achieving your goals, and what researchers have found that predicts success in life. With your final project, you’ll develop an action plan that helps you map out your goals.
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