The Science of Well Being

About this course: “The Science of Well-Being” taught by Professor Laurie Santos overviews what psychological science says about happiness. The purpose of the course is to not only learn what psychological research says about what makes us happy but also to put those strategies into practice. The first half of the course reveals misconceptions we have about happiness and the annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do. The second half of the course focuses on activities that have been proven to increase happiness along with strategies to build better habits. Learners will be able to download a companion mobile app - ReWi - developed specifically for students of this course to practice methods taught in the course to promote their own positive behavior change.

Tal Ben-Shahar: The Secret to Happiness

Happy Brain

Explorations of the Mind

Daniel Kahneman is an internationally renowned psychologist whose work spans cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, and the science of well-being.

Gratitude as a Gateway to Presence

Everyone wants to be happy

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.

Amor Fati

Friedrich Nietzsche had a particular fondness for a concept called (in Latin) 'amor fati', a Stoic acceptance of one's fate and a commitment to embrace reality, in all its beauty and pain

Stoicism and Happiness

True Happiness is to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fear but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient for he that is so wants nothing - Seneca

What makes a good life?

We are often taught that the best way to prove attractive is to smile. The idea feels logical and for the most part highly appropriate, but it shouldn't sideline the particular appeal of visible sadness and melancholy. An essay on the charm and depth of sad faces.

Happiness gives an Advantage

Happiness and positive psychology expert Shawn Achor talked about his research of (mostly unhappy) Harvard students. Achor’s research indicates that only ten percent of our happiness is shaped by our external world; ninety percent is influenced by our internal perspective.

Chief Happiness Officer needed

Comedian, Film Director and Entrepreneur Arnaud Collery is also CEO of Kikai Mining, a Happiness Agency, whose goal is to create happiness in any shape or form – technology, workshops, events or films. Here is Arnaud explaining why we need a Chief Happiness Officer in today's work

Happy Sharing and Giving

Want to be Happy? Stay in the Flow

Flow The Secret of Happiness