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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: Aaron@800ceoread.com. 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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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week

Approx. 33 hours to complete
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Subtitles: English, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish

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GratitudeMindfulnessHappinessMeditation
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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Calendar

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Clock

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week

Approx. 33 hours to complete
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Module 1: Course intro and happiness measurement

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Reading
6 videos (Total 37 min), 6 readings
Video6 videos
Week 1 video 1: Genesis of the course8m
Week 1 Video 2: Happiness is a balloon!9m
Week 1 Video 3: What you can expect and what will it take!7m
Week 1 Video 4: Measuring happiness1m
Week 1 Video 5: Introducing the Seven Deadly Happiness Sins7m
Reading6 readings
About us: The Happiness Team at ISB10m
Guest speakers!10m
Information on graded components10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Clock
4 hours to complete

Module 2: The 1st sin, habit, and exercise

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Reading
7 videos (Total 74 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Week 1 Video 7: Devaluing happiness in job-choice11m
Week 1 Video 8: Three negative misconceptions about happiness10m
Week 1 Video 9: Why we devalue happiness: Part II9m
Week 1 Video 10: Prioritize but don't pursue Happiness10m
Week 1 Video 11: The 1st exercise: Defining and incorporating happiness13m
Week 1 Video 12: Summary8m
Reading7 readings
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Prof. Raj's paper "The Fundamental Happiness Paradox"10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Prof. Raj's paper "Prioritizing vs. Pursuing Happiness" (optional reading)10m
Assignment #1 (The 1st happiness exercise--defining and incorporating happiness): Important note10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Module 3: The 2nd sin, habit, and exercise

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Reading
13 videos (Total 125 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video13 videos
Week 2 Video 2: Effects of chasing superiority on happiness11m
Week 2 Video 3: Is need for superiority important for success?12m
Week 2 Video 4: Flow is discovered7m
Week 2 Video 5: Characteristics of flow6m
Week 2 Video 6: When does flow happen5m
Week 2 Video 7: Why flow enhances happiness11m
Week 2 Video 8: Why flow enhances success8m
Week 2 Video 9: Getting flow back into your life11m
Week 2 Video 10: A practice for when things are not going well: Self-compassion11m
Week 2 Video 11: A practice for when things are going well: Gratitude4m
Week 2 Video 12: The 2nd happiness exercise: Expressing gratitude15m
Week 2 Video 13: Summary of week 210m
Reading6 readings
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Assignment #2 (The 2nd happiness exercise): Important note10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Self-grading for assignment #2 (The 2nd happiness exercise--expressing gratitude)20m
Quiz 140m

3

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Module 4: The 3rd sin, habit and exercise

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Reading
13 videos (Total 118 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
Week 3 Video 2: Further evidence of our social nature10m
Week 3 Video 3: Why neediness lowers happiness7m
Week 3 Video 4: Why avoidance lowers happiness6m
Week 3 Video 5: Secure attachment2m
Week 3 Video 6: An alternative route to belongingness9m
Week 3 Video 7: Evidence for the need to love and give10m
Week 3 Video 8: Why the need to love and give enhances happiness6m
Week 3 Video 9: The rules for giving: When does giving enhance happiness and success?11m
Week 3 Video 10: The 3rd exercise: Creative altruism10m
Week 3 Video 11: Summary of week 310m
Week 3 Video 12: Interview with Nipun Mehta (Optional)22m
Week 3 Video 13: Mid-course happiness measurement1m
Reading7 readings
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Assignment #3 (The 3rd happiness exercise--creative altruism): Important note10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m

4

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Module 5: The 4th sin, habit and exercise

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Reading
13 videos (Total 136 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video13 videos
Week 4 Video 2: Why Being Overly Controlling of Others Lowers Happiness7m
Week 4 Video 3: Why Being Overly Controlling of Outcomes Lowers Happiness11m
Week 4 Video 4: The Desirability for Control (DC) and Maximizer Scales5m
Week 4 Video 5: Taking Personal Responsibility for Happiness9m
Week 4 Video 6: Obstacles to Taking Personal Responsibility11m
Week 4 Video 7: Internal and External Control as Compensatory Forces7m
Week 4 Video 8: Learning Simple Emotion Regulation Strategies11m
Week 4 Video 9: Appreciating Uncertainty and Lack of Control9m
Week 4 Video 10: The Importance of Leading a Healthier Lifestyle11m
Week 4 Video 11: Do's and Don'ts of a Healthier Lifestyle11m
Week 4 Video 12: The 4th Exercise: The Healthy Lifestyle Exercise19m
Week 4 Video 13: Summary of the Week11m
Reading3 readings
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Bonus: Optional readings!10m
Assignment #4 (The 4th happiness exercise--healthy lifestyle): Important note10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Self-grading for assignment #4 (The 4th happiness exercise: leading a healthy lifestyle)20m
Quiz 240m
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Top Reviews

By CRApr 24th 2018

Excellent course, Professor Raj is great. I found it very helpful to see what types of personality traits I have that may contribute to my happiness level and possible approaches to dealing with them.

By LSJan 24th 2017

This course is a joy! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Practical advice based on long-term research, interviews with worldwide experts on the topics discussed, and a fabulous professor. So great!

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