Yale University
The Science of Well-Being for Teens
Yale University

The Science of Well-Being for Teens

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Laurie Santos

Instructor: Laurie Santos

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Beginner level
No prior experience required
12 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • You will learn what psychological science has to say about living the good life

  • You will engage in evidence-based behaviors proven to boost mood

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There are 6 modules in this course

In this module, you will learn what it means to be happy and why pursuing happiness is not a pointless endeavor. Dr. Santos addresses how our minds lie to us and how the science shows that our misconceptions about money, grades, and social media are holding us back from implementing the techniques studied in positive psychology.

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12 videos3 readings1 quiz

In this module, you will learn about biases that get in the way of our own happiness. Dr. Laurie Santos explores why we get used to good and bad things in life and how we can deal with growing accustomed to things and making bad predictions about what we will want in the future. Dr. Santos discusses how we compare ourselves to others using reference points and what we can do to deal with our limited attention.

What's included

12 videos2 readings2 quizzes

In this module, you will learn about behaviors that make us happy. Dr. Laurie Santos discusses behaviors such as engaging in social behaviors, finding time to do the things you love, and practicing healthy habits. Dr. Santos explains how a little bit of extra sleep each night or exercise can make a world of a difference.

What's included

10 videos2 readings2 quizzes

In this module, you will learn about thought patterns that lead to better moods. Dr. Laurie Santos addresses the power of focusing our thoughts and developing the right mindset in order to experience gratitude, practice mindfulness, and get some perspective.

What's included

9 videos2 readings2 quizzes

In this module, you will learn how harnessing our feelings can make us happier. Dr. Laurie Santos explores how we need both our positive and negative emotions in order to improve our well-being. Dr. Santos also explores how to regulate your fight-or-flight response using a tool that is most definitely underused, the breath.

What's included

5 videos2 readings2 quizzes

In this module, you will learn techniques to achieve happiness goals learned throughout the course. Dr. Laurie Santos investigates how we can put happiness tips into practice, addressing the ways in which situations and people can affect us. Dr. Santos additionally discusses how to implement better habits and hack the habits that we do have.

What's included

11 videos6 readings1 quiz2 peer reviews


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