Now this is a class everyone wants to take. Yale University’s ultra popular “how to be happy” class is now online. For free. So, that means if you want to improve your outlook in life, you know what to do.
CBS Connecticut reports that psychology professor Laurie Santos had no idea how popular her class would make her. In fact, it became Yale’s most popular class in university history! The concept was simple: teach kids what to appreciate about life. It also instructed them on how to develop better habits.
However, the biggest draw was how the course rewired students’ minds and changed their behavior. Basically, it taught them how to be thankful and express more gratitude about the life they have.
Like, hello, you kids get to go to one of the best universities in the world… of COURSE you should feel grateful about that! But, then again, it IS Yale so expectations are very high.
Meaning, work loads might not be as friendly compared to those found at other colleges.
Shortly after the course took off, Santos said CEOs to coaches began emailing her because they, too, wanted to teach happiness:
“Everyone really wanted this content, so we thought, why don’t we just make it available for free to everyone.”
And, with that, she created “The Science of Well-Being.” Prospective students can now sign up online for the five lectures, which range about an hour in length.
This particular series tackles the misconceptions about happiness and why society forces us to lower our expectations. The lectures also force people to think where their happiness actually comes from.
Sounds like a dream, right? We all could use a little pick-me-up and a reminder that any day above ground is, in fact, a good day.
I believe is that this lecture series will really help those who feel stressed, overburdened, frustrated, and worried. It’ll teach them to reroute their thoughts to look for the silver lining. Plus, it’s free.
Besides time, what do people have to lose?
That’s why over 100,000 people from 160 different countries signed up for the online lecture series.
Santos says people believe her course actually contains the secret to happiness. But, she says everyone already knows what the secret is, they just need a reminder:
“I think the secret can be boiled down into three sets of things. One is practices that bump up our social connection, taking time to be with others, expressing your gratitude to other people, just doing nice things.”
So, if you want to boost your mood, head on over to Yale and try this course. Who knows, it might make a major difference in your life and tell you what you need to hear.
Will it cure your bad mood? That I cannot answer. But I do believe this Yale lecture series will give you the foundation you need to achieve happiness.