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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


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.


May 23, 2021

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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By Anuvabsankar 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 D A S

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.

By Saurabh G

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!

By Diana O

May 24, 2019

Ótimo, Excelente conteúdo, prático e divisor de aguas na real e com respaldo de estudos de fundamento.

By Eugenia N Z

Mar 3, 2019

Thank you Dr Happiness, this course has openned my mind and life in other incredible dimensions.


By Pranjal B

Oct 22, 2016

A must course for everyone! Seriously it's such a valuable course. And great and enthusiastic teacher!

By Manuel V F

Mar 11, 2016


By Honest O G

Dec 23, 2015

I realized that my anger stems from true unhappyness. But this course gives me hope. It can get better

By Jorge G

Nov 13, 2015

A must for everybody. Amusing and very instructive, this course will bring a new light into your life.

By Empowering P

Oct 20, 2015

A must do course for any individual no matter how happy or fulfilled. Awesome references and research.

By Francesco S

May 24, 2020

It was a great journey along all the topics discussed, always explained in a simple but detailed way.