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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 Daniel M

Jun 13, 2016

Excelent course! It helped me to be happy again!!

P.S. I'd lke to help translate this course to spanish so more people can benefit from it!

By Liubov K

Mar 12, 2016

If you need a true inspiration to improve yourself, go for it!

Thank you, Raj! You have made a real difference in my attitude towards life!

By James M

Feb 15, 2016

Muy buen curso, esta muy bien realizado, con excelente documentacion y ejercicios para seguir ampliando el aprendizaje. Lo recomiendo 100%

By Nick

Aug 14, 2015

Just perfect. Fun, practical and informative, quite some interesting guest speakers as well! Thanks for setting up this wonderfull course.

By Raymond M A

Nov 26, 2019

Estoy aprendiendo a como ser feliz plenamente es uno de los mejores curso que he tomado en coursera, aparte de curso aprendido a aprender

By Rocio S P

Jul 28, 2017

Very informative, teacher provided evidence from psychology studies. Course also provides practical tools to apply concepts to your life.

By Hazel W

May 16, 2016

Great course, really tied in nicely with all the stuff I have been learning about mindfulness. Loved the presentation style and content.

By Deborah D

Feb 4, 2016

Best class I've taken in 15 years !!! Loved the material, loved the professor, loved the guest speakers, and loved the assistant. That'

By Denise S M

Mar 6, 2017

I can not wait to continue a Life of Happiness and fulfillment with more tools to utilize helps us to train ourselves to be more content

By Dr H K

Sep 13, 2020

Perfectly designed course, Prof Raj has worked very hard to make it interesting and thorough. Thanks a lot to the whole team involved.

By Euge N

Jul 3, 2017

Intellectualize a simple thing happiness, but for high rational people is an excellent way to learn how to be happy (detailed receipt).

By Andrea A

Aug 12, 2019

Excelente curso. Me ha enseñado lecciones valiosas que cumplen con el objetivo que plasma el curso en su título: felicidad y plenitud.

By Pavel S

May 26, 2018

Отличный курс. Прежде всего позволяется познакомиться с собой и подготовиться к ответственному и взвешенному выбору своего дела жизни.

By Mireille C

Oct 19, 2016

Fabulous course and such an happiness inspiring teacher Dr Raj is!!! I truly recommend this mindset changing and life changing course.

By Manoj W

Dec 15, 2020

Great efforts by Prof Raj! The course is really useful and helps to increase my happiness level and change my views about real world.

By Aleksey P

Jul 19, 2020

Thank you so much. I learned a lot about happiness research and possible methods for achieving it. Very scientific and easy to serve.

By Aridnei O d C

Jul 19, 2017

Great course! I learned a lot about happiness and about myself. Thank you to Prof. Raj and all people that made this course possible.

By Yagnesh N D

Sep 4, 2015

This a life changing course. I urge to all students and working people -- no matter at which management level, to t take this course.

By Zivile V

Jan 11, 2021

It's really great, interesting and useful course! The prof. Raj is very charismatic.

Really enjoyed this course, highly recommended.

By Basel

Mar 22, 2016

This is a nice interactive course, whit a quite hilarious guy (but you've gotta love his style, won't be to anyones taste I reckon).

By Yeimi P O L

Jun 21, 2021

Maravillo, muy divertidas las actividades, cada uno de los videos capturan al observador, mucho material para aprender y compartir.

By Solange R C L

May 30, 2021

Excelente! Conteúdo aprofundado, didática maravilhosa. Tudo feito com muito amor, pensando em despertar o melhor em cada um de nós.

By Fatemeh D C

Feb 23, 2021

I had a really great time with you and I sincerely wish to have another impressive course with you soon. thank you from miles away.


Jul 22, 2020

indepth explanation of concepts

latest research shared

videos are fun to watch- instructor, Prof Raj Ragunathan is an awesome teacher

By David F S R

Feb 5, 2016

A must! I'm sure EVERYBODY can benefit inmensly from taking this course! Excellent content, excellent quality, excellent proffesor!