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A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

What are the determinants of a happy and fulfilling life? This is surely one of life’s biggest questions, and a question that has interested many of our ancestors. Buddha famously gave up his kingdom in search of happiness. Several Greek philosophers (from Aristotle to Epicurus and Plato to Socrates) had their own views on what it takes to be happy. And of course, we all have our own theories about happiness too. How valid are our theories? Until recently, if you wished for an answer to this question, you would've been forced to base it on discussions with spiritual leaders. Or, if you were lucky, you could've based it on late-night (and perhaps intoxicant-fueled) conversations with friends and family. Happily, all that has changed now. Over the past decade-and-a-half, scientists have gotten into the act big time. We now have a pretty good idea of what it takes to lead a happy and fulfilling life. This course, based on the award-winning class offered both at the Indian School of Business and at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, developed by Prof. Raj Raghunathan (aka "Dr. Happy-smarts") draws content from a variety of fields, including psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral decision theory to offer a tested and practical recipe for leading a life of happiness and fulfillment. Although not mandatory, reading Prof. Raj's forthcoming book, titled If you're so smart, why aren't you happy? can help you review and assimilate the material covered in this book at your leisure. For Coursera learners alone, the hardcover version of the book is available for a deep discount of 50%, plus shipping and handling. You can order the hardcover for 50% off by writing to Aaron at: [email protected] Please mention that you are a student of the "coursera happiness course" in your email. The course will feature guest appearances by several well-known thought leaders, including: - Dan Ariely (author of Predictably Irrational and, soon to be released, Irrationally Yours), - Ed Diener (“Dr. Happiness”), - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (author of Flow), By taking this course, you will discover the answers to questions such as: - Why aren’t the smart-and-the-successful as happy as they could—or should—be - What are the “7 Deadly Happiness Sins” that even the smart and the successful commit?, and - What are the “7 Habits of the Highly Happy” and how can you implement them in your life? By the end of the course, I expect students who have been diligent with the lectures and exercises to not just gain a deeper understanding of the science of happiness, but to also be significantly happier.

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Rating 4.8 based on 1,523 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Jun 29 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Indian School of Business via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Personal Development Psychology

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life of happiness in 22 reviews

The Coursera Course A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment enriched my life a whole deal.

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment is possible.

It's been my pleasure taking "Life of Happiness & Fulfillment" course.

I greatly enjoyed this course A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment.

As a result of this class "I feel happier" The course "A Life of Happiness and fulfillment"is a totally enriching course.

A life of happiness and fulfillment is a great course... Actually I finished it, but I want to go through it again, as it is a really wonderful course with lots of concepts about happiness which is explained in a scientific manner.

"A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment" is easy to follow, light-hearted and inspiring.

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easy to follow in 20 reviews

It is easy to follow.

The course content is very helpfull , easy to follow and practice.

It is all based in scientific research, very well organized, fun, easy to follow and effective - my happiness levels increased during the course.

The happiness exercises were very well created and easy to follow.

Prof. Raj's delivery of the material is not only lighthearted, entertaining and easy to follow, but also incredibly insightful and captivating.

The lectures are broken up into short segments, good flow and key messages very well highlighted, so very easy to follow and absorb.

Shared feeling with a friend who recommended this course to me Very nice and transparent course, easy to follow and it stays interesting until the last lesson.

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guest speakers in 13 reviews

A lot of guest speakers from different universities in the United States were, in their field of expertise, lifting this course to the highest level possible.

The list of guest speakers is just awesome, and the additional material amount just let you go as far as you want to in this field.

Moreover, students will learn about great book recommendations and the guest speakers that appear in the class are excellent!

I appreciated all of the guest speakers / interviews, which showed the multidisciplinary nature of the topic as well as its importance in the personal, social, and even national spheres.

On paper I didn't do the assignments but I actually did everything suggested in the course and it really has helped my happiness, satisfaction, self-compassion, and I now chase flow rather than superiority.Thank you is not enough, I'm so grateful to all the staff, Raj, and all the guest speakers.

He clearly had way more info than he could go through in six weeks -- you could tell by the number of guest speakers, extra research students could do.

Loved the material, loved the professor, loved the guest speakers, and loved the assistant.

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es un curso in 8 reviews

Excelent, very usefull and enjoyable Es un curso que todos deberíamos tomar, está bien estructurado, academicamente impecable y muy provechoso para la vida.

Es un curso Fantastico!!!

Es un curso muy bueno, ya que te va llevando a tomar responsabilidad por la propia felicidad, reflexionando qué hacemos para evadir dicha responsabilidad (7 "pecados") y qué podemos hacer de forma muy práctica y aplicable en la vida diaria (7 hábitos) para tomar nuestra responsabilidad.

Es un curso no solo para tomarlo una vez, vale mucho la pena repasarlo nuevamente, pues se sigue aprendiendo en cada ocasión, nos hace enfocarnos en lo verdaderamente importante y nos enfoca a ser felices!!!

Es un curso muy interesante, que permite ver la vida de manera mucho mas armoniosa, entender cosas complejas que no se ven a simple vista.

Es un curso muy divertido, me hizo reflexionar mucho acerca de cuales eran mis objetivos de vida, si en realidad mis preocupaciones cotidianas correspondían a mi ideal de felicidad.

very nice course Es un curso increíble!

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look forward in 8 reviews

The course was something to look forward to.

I bought your book too, "If you are so smart, why aren't you happy" which seems to cover everything the class did and that will be an excellent help post-class for tune-ups and recollection of good habits and tactics.I look forward to taking more classes with Professor Raj and his assistant Katherine.

I look forward to continuing the mindfulness practice.

Plus, I look forward to practicing many of the suggestions for years to come and reading some of the recommended books.

i HAVEN'T MADE IT PAST mODULE 1 DUE TO VARIOUS SETBACKS BUT I FEEL MUCH HAPPPIER THAN STARTED.I look forward to starting again on the 15th of February!

I look forward to the lectures :) i am a much happier person.This class helped me tremendouslyto see the glass half full(maybe even more than half full)rather than half empty.Thank you Dr.

I look forward to continuing to enhance my skills with the many resources made available in this course.

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los ejercicios in 8 reviews

Me encantó los ejercicios, en especial el del perdón y tres cosas con un toque ya que me enseñó que tengo que apreciar cada momento que la vida me da con todos sus pequeños detalles.

me gusto mucho el curso y creo que esta muy completo de hecho esta muy recomendable, me encantaron los ejercicios y la colaboración de cada uno de los doctores que aportaron sus estadística, sus estudios sobre los temas, muchas gracias!!!

excelente curso me gustaria que en lugar de tener subtitulos se doblara al español ya que asi se harian los ejercicios sin tener que estar leyendo las indicaciones Thank you so much for making me have a very happier life!!

Los ejercicios al final de cada módulo también muy buenos para aplicar lo aprendido en la propia vida.

Gracias por el curso, realmente hay cosas que olvidamos hacer en el cotidiano y tanto los ejercicios como los contenidos apoyados en la ciencia y en experiencias personales fueron no sólo últiles sino también gratificantes.

Un curso excelente, el Prof. Raj explica en términos sencillos y comunes los pecados que disminuyen la felicidad y aquellos hábitos que la incrementan, los ejercicios son fáciles.

Los ejercicios son fabulosos.

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Rating 4.8 based on 1,523 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Jun 29 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Indian School of Business via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Personal Development Psychology

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