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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.

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!

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By Carol 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 Pameet S

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.

By Susan E

May 4, 2020

Dr. Raj is an engaging instructor, offering detailed concepts in a fun and easy to understand manner!

By Angel O M C

Nov 16, 2020

I'm reallly thankful to Professor Raj for all the insightful lessons. Valuable course. Thanks a lot.

By Houda B

Oct 11, 2020

a good cours ... thank u so much coursera ... i'am so happy to learn more and more ... thank u again

By Francisco H A

May 12, 2020

buen contenido, muy interesante, excelente explicación científica a los beneficios de la meditación.

By Vinod A

Mar 16, 2017

really it made me happy after completing the course....i would suggest everyone to do this course...

By Nora B R

Sep 11, 2016

Great course to take. Its intelligent, not just motivational tips. I would recommend it to anyone.

By Nada T

Mar 7, 2016

It is an excellent presentation by dr. Raj with a lot of science studies as well as life experience.

By Kirstine F A

Feb 17, 2016

This is the best course I have ever taken online. It is the kind of course you want to last forever.

By kalpana s

Aug 16, 2020

I would suggest to everyone , who can benefit from course, who are willing to spread the happiness

By Chaitanya G

Jul 8, 2020

Must say the course has changed me. I will recommend it to all the fellow members of the community.

By Deleted A

Jun 2, 2020

Really essential for young and old people. Because not many people think of happiness as a priority

By Joshua T

Jun 24, 2017

I appreciated this course because each week I was given new tools to change my life for the better.

By Fabricio E R

Nov 30, 2016

Amazing course! Have Change my perspective about life!! Thanks Prof. Raf and your team!! Great job!

By Francisca G

Aug 9, 2016

Excelente!!!! Explican muy bien, es entretenido, interactivo y de mucha utilidad. Muy recomendable.

By Sanjay S

Jul 7, 2016

I will recommend everyone to spend some quality time with Dr. Raj to discover happiness inside you.

By Sujatha E

Jan 7, 2016

Its excellent. Gives solution to all my questions one by one. Its a great experience with Dr. Raj