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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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Approx. 14 hours to complete

Recommandé : 3 hours/week
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Globe

Cours en ligne à 100 %

Commencez dès maintenant et apprenez aux horaires qui vous conviennent.
Clock

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Recommandé : 3 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Sous-titres : English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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1 hour 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
Gratitude0m
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 exercises
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 Connection0m
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 exercises
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
Sleep0m
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 exercises
Week 4 Quiz12m

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3 hours to complete

Stuff that Really Makes Us Happy

What can we do to improve our happiness?...
Reading
11 videos (Total 145 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Good Job21m
Good Grades18m
Kindness10m
Interview with Elizabeth Dunn15m
Social Connection12m
Interview with Nicholas Epley22m
Time Affluence6m
Mind Control18m
Healthy Practices10m
Question & Answer6m
Reading3 readings
Meditation & Gratitude Visit10m
References & Notes10m
Ways to Learn More10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 5 Quiz18m

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2 hours to complete

Putting Strategies into Practice

How can we intentionally put these strategies into practice and build healthier habits?...
Reading
5 videos (Total 69 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Part 2 - Goal Setting13m
Interview with Gabriele Oettingen32m
Question & Answer11m
Recap3m
Reading3 readings
Mystery Rewirement10m
References & Notes10m
Ways to Learn More10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 6 Quiz14m

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1 hour to complete

Start Your Final Rewirement Challenge

What rewirement will you commit to for the next 4 weeks?...
Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Reading3 readings
Final Rewirement Challenge10m
Pro Tip2m
Handout10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
End of Week 1 Quiz2m

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20 minutes to complete

Continue Your Rewirement Challenge

How can you rely on others to help you change your behaviors?...
Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 videos
Reading2 readings
Pro Tip2m
Handout10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
End of Week 2 Quiz2m

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20 minutes to complete

Continue Your Rewirement Challenge

How can you design your environment to help you change your behaviors?...
Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 videos
Reading2 readings
Pro Tip2m
Handout10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
End of Week 3 Quiz2m

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1 hour to complete

Submit Your Final Assignment

What mindset can you have to appreciate your progress so far and continue your progress beyond the course? ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 23 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Congratulations on Completing Your Challenge!1m
Students Discuss Their Rewirement Challenges19m
Conclusion1m
Reading4 readings
Pro Tip2m
Handout10m
Measure Your Happiness10m
Optional Post-Course Surveys10m
4.9

Top Reviews

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.

By MMJun 10th 2018

This course has showed that simple is better. wanting more is only causing me more stress. and when I begin to dislike things, I stop and rethink the situation and see how it could be worse.

Instructor

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Laurie Santos

Professor

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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