Yale University has been teaching classes for 316 years – but none of their courses has been as popular as their course on happiness.
Almost a quarter of the student body signed up for “Psych 157: Psychology and the Good Life” during its inaugural year. That’s about 1,000 youngsters all expressing interest in learning about mental health and wellbeing.
The course was so popular, the Ivy League School decided to start teaching the class online for free – and anyone can enroll.
The modified 6-week class, which is called “The Science of Well-Being”, is being taught by psychology and cognitive science professor Laurie Santos on Coursera, a free online college education platform.
The class description says: “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 half 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 second half of the course focuses on activities that have been proven to increase happiness along with strategies to build better habits.”
“The hope is that this isn’t gonna be an ordinary class or lecture series,” Santos says in the introduction video. “This is the kind of thing that we hope will change your life in a real way.”
(WATCH the video below)
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