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Yale’s “Science of Well-Being” Online Course Is Available Free of Charge

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We’re all looking for ways to better and improve ourselves, and so much the better if we can do it from the safety and comfort from our own homes. And not only is Yale offering a few courses online for free, they’re offering one in particular that’s so, so applicable to life as we currently know it.

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Their “The Science fo Well-Being” course (offered through Coursera), helps us answer questions like, “why are we so bad at predicting what will make us happy” and “how can we figure out what actually does the trick?”

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Basically, we all know that money and career success doesn’t necessarily make people happier – but we also don’t exactly know what does.

The 10-week course that promises to help you figure it out consists of about 2-3 hours of reading and videos per week, and allows you to work at your own pace, in case you want to cram a bunch of it into a weekend.

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Psychology professor Laurie Santos teachers the class, and leads students through research on how we’re wired to think about our own well-being, and to help you learn how to implement that knowledge to increase happiness in your life.

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the vague advice to “be happier,” this task-oriented course that’s geared toward building better habits at home might be exactly what you’ve been looking for – and former students, who have rated the class a 4.9 out of 5 stars (3731 of them) all but agree that it works.

Sounds like a pretty productive way to spend 20 hours of your life if you ask me!