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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 4.9 based on 579 ratings
Length 11 weeks
Starts Apr 22 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Yale University via Coursera
Instructor Laurie Santos
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Language English
Tags Personal Development

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highly recommend in 18 reviews

Highly recommended for anyone who can see benefits in feeling more upbeat, more aware, more energetic and simply happier on a day-to-day basis.

This course is based on evidence - everyone will benefit from doing this course - highly recommend.

Highly recommend this course IF you are willing to dedicate your time to not just learning the material, but to the actual application of it to your own life on a daily basis.

Highly recommend!

I would highly recommend this course to other students.

Highly recommended!!!!

I highly recommend the course.

I highly recommend it to everyone regardless of your profession or background.

positive psychology in 12 reviews

Good job Laurie :( A good practical review of some of the most interesting findings in positive psychology.

The course introduces you with some basic ideas of positive psychology.

A creat course for those that want to work on their self-improvement and learn more about positive psychology.

It enables to apply useful strategies from positive psychology in order to be happier and healthier.

What is the most enjoyable is the mix of a lot of detailed studies by the best professors on the Positive psychology and practical daily routines to start implementing from day 1.Do not hesitate a single second to get involved with Laurie Santos and all the YAle students who have followed these lessons.Nicolas That was informative and fun.

thanks Coursera A really good course about positive psychology.

Very insightful first half talking about research on well-being and positive psychology.

i really enjoyed the learning and feel I know a lot more about positive psychology and wellness.

science behind in 12 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.

very good, simple, and on point, not to many information and very useful stuff overall to apply in everyday life Excellent course giving the science behind well-being and how to implement well-being practices into one's own life.

The science behind authentic happiness is strong and awesome to ready about!

great and helpful Very in depth look at the science behind living a fulfilled life I love this course, it was a great self-reflection tool and really opened my mind up to what makes me happy Amazing!!!!

This course has been most helpful in my understanding of the true science behind well-being.

professor laurie santos in 10 reviews

Professor Laurie Santos is absolutely fabulous.

Professor Laurie Santos is a wonderful teacher.

Lectures with professor Laurie Santos were interesting, motivating and enjoyable.

Thank you Yale University and Professor Laurie Santos.

However, Professor Laurie Santos is a great communicator making complex information easy to understand to even people that don't have a Psychology degree.

It is presented by a delightful Professor Laurie Santos who makes her videos engaging, and presented with Peer-Reviewed-Scientific-Articles that are convincing.

This Professor Laurie Santos was an excellent guide.

My congrats to Professor Laurie Santos and her team.

easy to follow in 9 reviews

Packed with content, this course is easy to follow, understand and is relevant to the overall goal.

Easy to follow, interesting, scientifically backed, and just a joy to participate in.

The thorough yet simplistic format of this class makes it very easy to follow along and retain the information.

The casual discussion format is easy to follow, and several times I've found myself surprised at the inaccuracies of what I thought I knew about increasing happiness versus what I've learned in this course.

Easy to follow and very practical.

Easy to follow, engaging, easy to put into practice and very rewarding.

Everything is well-planned, interesting and easy to follow.

The course is well organized, the information and delivery is easy to follow.

science of well-being in 8 reviews

Perfect While in while in an Uber driver suggested that I check out the Yale science of well-being course which I did I signed up for and I'm very very impressed thank you.Doug Dvorak Many thanks for the team of Yale University and especially to Mrs. Santos!

I love this course "The Science of Well-Being" with Professor Laurie Santos.

If you want to gain some new insights into the Science of Well-Being, then you should take this class because it is very insightful when it comes to exploring new ways at looking at your life, and it will also challenge you with rewirement challenge's to help broaden your outlook on life.Thank You Professor Santos.............

I highly suggest this course as it is full in theoretical and practical information on science of well-being.

I can't say enough about The Science of Well-Being - when the time and mindset are on point, this course is life-changing.

I found this course very helpful to learn more about the science of well-being.

I really liked the Science of Well-Being course.

This is the best course that I have taken about the Science of Well-Being.


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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Yale University

Rating 4.9 based on 579 ratings
Length 11 weeks
Starts Apr 22 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Yale University via Coursera
Instructor Laurie Santos
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Tags Personal Development

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