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NOW YOU CAN TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE IN HAPPINESS!

NOW YOU CAN TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE IN HAPPINESS!

NOW YOU CAN TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE IN HAPPINESS!

C’mon…get happy! Easier said than done right now, we know. But now Yale University offers an online course in happiness. That may sound like an unlikely idea, but the course has been available online for about two years now, and more than 1200 people have signed up during that time. The course is available to you through Coursera, an online learning platform that has been offering courses since 2012.

Mental health experts counsel that sheltering in place, or being in quarantine can seriously affect your mental and emotional health. Being separated from loved ones, losing the freedoms we are accustomed to and the uncertainty of the future all contribute to a type of stress that can have lasting effects. The key to navigating through the possible psychological consequences of the current situation might be to attack them pro-actively. Just as we are taking precautions to safeguard our physical health, it makes sense to do the same for our mental health.

Enter “The Science of Well-Being,” Yale University’s course designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. Although the course was created for the general population during “normal” times, now may be the ideal time for many people to spend time just learning how to feel better.

Here is the best news: Right now the course is being offered online for free!

The course is divided into 10 modules that comprise 26 videos. In total the videos take about seven and a half  hours to view. You can work through the course at your own pace, and yes, there are assignments and quizzes.  The modules include an introduction, misconceptions about happiness, examining your expectations and overcoming your biases, identifying what makes you happy and strategies to achieve personal happiness.

For those who are concerned about how you will re-adapt to your work life after the current crisis abates, fear not. As it turns out, 36 percent of those who have taken this course eventually started a new career, and 34 percent reported tangible career benefits.

The added benefit may be your new familiarity with Coursera, and your interest in other courses offered on the online platform. Search through courses in entrepreneurship, information technology, exercise, languages, nutrition, other sciences, psychology and much more. Remember, this is one of the few times in your life you may have the time to focus on your personal and professional development without a lot of outside obligations.

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