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About the Course

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: 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....

Top reviews

Jul 23, 2020

I like this course a lot. I got some clarity on things I already know. The teacher Raj is the best part of this course. I love his approach and how he interacts with students. I recommend this course!

Apr 23, 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.

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Jul 28, 2020

Excellent course,I really enjoyed the course.My heartiest congratulations to Dr Raj and Coursera team 👍👍

By Brian F

Mar 14, 2017

Very entertaining and informative. Evidenced-based but taught in a dynamic and interesting way. Love it!

By Dr. C P

Jul 16, 2016

Inedited subject, funny presented, interesting \and welcome concepts. Congratulations to the coursemakers!

By Elizabeth A S

Sep 29, 2015

Great course. Love how it's broken down and the explanation of course work and subject are easy to follow.

By Edilãine d S Q

May 20, 2019

O curso é maravilhoso.Superou as minhas expectativas.Foi uma oportunidade incrível e muito enriquecedora.

By רקפת כ

May 20, 2017

A great course that conveys both theoretical information and application to your daily lives.


By Cristina M

Jan 3, 2016

It is a great course and I would recommend this to anyone, everytime!!! Thank you Coursera and prof. Raj!

By Xiomara A R

Apr 28, 2021


By Anuvab S P

Apr 2, 2019

This course is very good for our mental health and also teaches us to live happily in critical condition

By Maria L N A L

Jun 21, 2018

a great course! Raj is a fantastic teacher, and the way the course is structured makes it easy to follow

By Carina R

Jul 11, 2017

Excelente este curso. Lo disfruté y cada día recuerdo un trocito de él para aplicar! Gracias COURSERA!!!

By Princess M

Sep 9, 2016

It's one of the best courses so far on Coursera. Prof. Rag was just in his element teaching this course.

By Paras J

Jan 4, 2016

It`s perhaps the most beautiful course made by really good people. Thanks to professor raj and coursera.

By Martha Y Z R

Oct 30, 2015

The best course I have taken in my life. Thank you very much to Proj. Raj and to all his wonderful team.

By Anna A

Aug 31, 2015

super course - both the content and organizational aspect of it

thank you that I could participate!


By Cyntia M

Aug 25, 2015

Fantastic course. Based on a lot of research and evidence. It does indeed teaches you how to be happier.


Aug 11, 2015

ALOHAF course is quite practical and scientific. I am into mid-course and already feeling a lot happier.

By M M M

Jun 16, 2020

This course is very good and use full because happiness is very important in life with every situation.

By aachandorkar

May 24, 2020

Very nice course !!

Prof. Raj is a very nice teacher, explained difficult things in very lucid language.

By Tan Z X

May 20, 2020

Really like the format and consistency of the videos. Very clear instructions and interesting lecturer!

By rita t

Mar 7, 2016

I never knew a course about Happiness and Fulfillment could be this interesting! Thank you professor :)

By Antonella C

Oct 7, 2015

engaging and well explained, I love how the Professor explains and keep the audience's attention alive!

By Gayathri D

Aug 13, 2020

A complete game changer in a positive way.its a journey of happiness and Fulfillment of 40 days to me.

By Malik A

Jul 21, 2020

It was one of the best things I have ever learned and forever grateful for Dr. Raj and his colleagues.

By Diana H

Sep 5, 2019

I decided to watch a video everyday even after I finish it ... it simply makes me happy and connected!