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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.


Jan 23, 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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By Praneet A

May 24, 2020

Amazing teacher - good simple exercises - positive outlook. Once in a lifetime for sure.

By Ramesh C P

Oct 13, 2016

It was a nicely designed course. Though I believe it could have been made more compact.

By Gabriel M

Jan 4, 2016

So far, so good! Just about to start week 2 of this course and it has been good so far.

By monet0203

Aug 30, 2015

A very engaging, enriching and pragmatic course on happiness and positive psychology.

By Madisyn T

Oct 22, 2015

Its a good class but a little fast paced. The teacher is enthusiastic and energized.

By Shyamsunder R

Oct 8, 2015

Very warm and interesting course which does make an impact on your Happiness levels

By Arnab M

Aug 2, 2021

Great course to enlighten yourself and move a step forward for living a happy life

By Carolina P

Aug 26, 2015

I loved it!!! It help me a lot to understand what happiness really is to me!!

By Nancy S

Sep 8, 2015

Engaging videos. Clear path with easy to follow directions for practices

By Shazia R K

Oct 6, 2016

An excellent course! Inspirational and educational. Highly recommended!

By oscar

Oct 6, 2015

Buen planteamiento, referencias, bibliografía y herramientas prácticas!

By tehniat

Aug 30, 2015

Excellent course ,gives great insights of life and how to being happy.

By Nitisha K

Jul 25, 2020

it was fun and no doubt i enjoyed it but it took too long to finish.

By Ranganathan P

Jun 8, 2019

Lots of enthusiasm and involvement but I think it was a bit too long

By kiran k

Aug 12, 2020

Very Elaborate, Clearly explained Course !

It has lot to offer !

By yaroslav

Feb 12, 2018

Very interesting but somehow a bit less practical to the end.

By Mayron C

Aug 14, 2017

Is very good. It give you some tools for being more happy

By Dudley S J

Sep 27, 2015

A little tough but very interesting. A must for everyone!

By Frederick H

Jan 23, 2016

Interesting class with many useful ideas and techniques.


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Jun 2, 2020

Good course with basic knowlege about how to be happy

By D.Kavitha

Feb 4, 2019

Well structured course and really enjoyed doing it..

By Anoop T

Aug 14, 2015

Nice one. Since it gives some confidence to advance.

By Sayan P

Jul 2, 2021

A lot of things I've learned. Thank you so much!

By Samuel B

Sep 17, 2015

Made me feel more happy, so I would recommend it