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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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Jul 27, 2020

it was an awesome course

By Mariana C

May 11, 2020

was verry special for me

By Somnath N

Mar 3, 2021

A great course indeed!

By Gloria L

Feb 25, 2020

Course was very great!

By Francesco F

Dec 3, 2015

Very interesting!!!!

By Yazmin V

Dec 24, 2015

Excellent!! I love

By Jose M L

Sep 15, 2015

Fantastic and fun!

By Pronoy C

Jun 19, 2021

Nice and skillful

By Nelson A C J

Jun 11, 2017

Very nice course!

By Devit C

Feb 22, 2021

very good course

By Ashanko D

Jul 1, 2020

very good course


Jun 18, 2020

Good and helpful

By Renuka R G

Jun 1, 2020

Very good course

By Heinrich T A

Aug 23, 2018

funny Indian guy

By Karina l r

Jun 3, 2017

excellent course

By Winnie L

Feb 7, 2018


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Nov 27, 2015


By Hunter S J

Sep 16, 2015

very inspiring

By Aswathi S

Sep 13, 2015

awesome course

By Indah A S

Nov 21, 2016

Fun lecturer

By sukdev d

May 27, 2016

Great course

By Rahul T

Mar 30, 2016

great course

By Ricardo V G

Mar 4, 2016

Good course.

By Yadav G S

Jul 23, 2020

Nice course

By Tarini.S.V 1

May 6, 2020

Good course