An online version of a class taught at Yale University in 2018 has just been made available for free online, for anyone who might be struggling. Conceived by psych professor Laurie Santos and originally entitled ‘Psychology and the Good Life’, the class brought together elements of positive psychology and behavioral science to help students get to grips with what really makes people happy.
The class ended up becoming the most popular course taught in the university’s history, with one in four students choosing to enroll. Its popularity boomed to the point that the Psychology department had to recruit research fellows from Yale’s Law School and School of Public Health to help staff sessions.
There was such high demand for the class, in fact, that Santos designed an e-learning alternative on Coursera entitled ‘The Science of Well-Being’, which non-students can take for free. The aim of the course (consisting of video lectures, optional reading material, and daily “rewirement” exercises to help you build better habits) is to tackle misconceptions surrounding happiness, question our own high expectations, overcome biases, and deploy actionable strategies to be happier in our own day-to-day lives.