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I Took Yale’s Happiness Course and Here’s Everything I Learned

Best Life Logo By Diana Bruk of Best Life | Slide 1 of 19: Earlier this year, Yale University introduced a course called "Psychology and the Good Life," a lecture series taught by professor Laurie Santos about all of the things that make people happy in an effort to help students lead a more joyful life. The "Happiness Course," as it's become affectionately known around campus and in the media, instantly became the most popular class in the university's 316-year history.Given the news that the overall happiness levels of Americans are at an all-time low, I was thrilled to see that Yale decided that these science-based lessons should be available to more people than just Yalies. In May, Santos launched a free, multipart seminar-style series of the course online. "The Science of Well-Being" consists of ten video lectures that cover most of the recent research on what does and doesn't make us happy—and what we can do to boost our levels of happiness.The course is 15 hours, and you can complete it yourself via the education platform Coursera. But if you don't have 15 hours to burn and you're curious what the Yale Happiness Course entails, read on—because I completed the entire thing to give you the biggest 18 takeaways. So read on, and consider applying these lessons to your own life. And for more great life advice from the Ivy League, know that Harvard Says Doing These Five Things Will Extend Your Life.

I Took Yale’s Happiness Course and Here’s Everything I Learned

Earlier this year, Yale University introduced a course called "Psychology and the Good Life," a lecture series taught by professor Laurie Santos about all of the things that make people happy in an effort to help students lead a more joyful life. The "Happiness Course," as it's become affectionately known around campus and in the media, instantly became the most popular class in the university's 316-year history.

Given the news that the overall happiness levels of Americans are at an all-time low, I was thrilled to see that Yale decided that these science-based lessons should be available to more people than just Yalies. In May, Santos launched a free, multipart seminar-style series of the course online. "The Science of Well-Being" consists of ten video lectures that cover most of the recent research on what does and doesn't make us happy—and what we can do to boost our levels of happiness.

The course is 15 hours, and you can complete it yourself via the education platform Coursera. But if you don't have 15 hours to burn and you're curious what the Yale Happiness Course entails, read on—because I completed the entire thing to give you the biggest 18 takeaways. So read on, and consider applying these lessons to your own life. And for more great life advice from the Ivy League, know that Harvard Says Doing These Five Things Will Extend Your Life.

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