The Science of Well-Being

“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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Yale University

Rating 4.8 based on 101 ratings
Length 11 weeks
Starts Jan 28 (in 4 days)
Cost $49
From Yale University via Coursera
Instructor Laurie Santos
Free Limited Content
Language English
Tags Personal Development

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taking this course in 4 reviews

I am planning on retaking this course once the ReWi app is supported with Android.

Everyone should consider taking this course.

I did enjoy taking this course and really did profit from it Brilliant!

I loved taking this course, the requirements were very helpful!

science behind in 4 reviews

This course has opened my eyes to the science behind why we think the way we do and what we can do about it to achieve a better sense of well-being.

:) I really learned a lot regarding the real science behind Well-Being and tools I can use and share to elevate the well-being everyone I come in contact with.

A very simple minded world view is presented, without critical notions challenging that view or the more complex science behind emotions.From Yale I would have expected a course that challenges such simple views and empoweres students to find the ideal path for themselves.

I Like the supported science behind it, for clarity and answering the why's.

well being in 4 reviews

Taught me so many great techniques to be happier in life and it gave me a great insight into the science of my own well being!

I really love the science based approach to delve into the happiness and well being realm.

Very practical information that was person centered to assist with real life choices to improve our well being and personal decision making.

so much in 4 reviews

Thank you so much!

Thank you so much.

I learned so much!

Thank you so much Great course which I find myself suggesting to many friends because of it's positive impact on my own life.

laurie santos in 3 reviews

Laurie Santos was a great instructor and the course material was very helpful!

Laurie Santos brings new perspectives and studies on the Science of Well Being.

Laurie Santos is engaging and the course is well-designed and extremely helpful.

happiness as in 3 reviews

The instructor does not just focus on happiness as a whole but on what happiness means to you as a individual.

Research oriented guide to happiness as each module is presented with the results of experiments conducted.

I can see I easily increase my happiness as well as I make happy people around me.


An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Psychological/Mental Health Technician $40k

Psychological Technician $43k

Psychological Therapist/Behavioral Health Specialist $47k

Adjunct Professor, Psychological Counseling $48k

Clinical Coordinator, Counseling & Psychological Services $53k

Wellbeing and Engagement Specialist $54k

Laboratory Science $58k

Psychological Thriller/Fiction/Horror Author $66k

Wellbeing Editor $70k

Assistant Psychological Operations Specialist $71k

Science Communications Specialist $75k

Head of Talent and Happiness $78k

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