Positive Psychology - Discover the Science of a Happier Life
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Positive Psychology - Discover the Science of a Happier Life

Learn strategies to become happier and more fulfilled based on leading research from psychologists across the world.
4.5 (71 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
2,887 students enrolled
Created by Manuel Kraus
Last updated 5/2015
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 42 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • learn about ideas and practices that can actually make you happier
  • apply science-based techniques to bring more happiness to their lives
  • The main goal of this course is to enable you to make positive, sustainable changes in your life
  • A commitment to make positive, long-lasting change

This course distills research from positive psychology into lessons and steps that you can take to live a happier and more fulfilled life.

Discover the Science of Positive Psychology

  • understand and use positive emotions
  • shift to optimistic mindsets
  • discover your strengths
  • build your self-esteem
  • nourish fulfilling relationships
  • learn to overcome tough times
  • create sustainable change

Get a comprehensive and unique introduction to the science of positive psychology.

How do very happy people think and act? What do the most successful people do differently? What makes some marriages thrive and stay together happily for many decades? And why are some people able to bounce back from failures while others succumb to them?

These are the questions asked by the science of positive psychology. Positive psychology is an emerging field dedicated to understanding what makes life most worth living on the basis of rigorous research. Thousands of experiments and studies have been conducted to provide insights into what really makes life good and how you can live more happily and more successfully. The entire course is based on this research by leading psychologists and neuroscientists from all across the world. Today, companies like Google, Nike and Apple are teaching the insights offered in this course to their employees because they have understood their potential impact.

You will learn about concrete applications that are based on a scientific understanding of happiness and fulfillment. You also get a range of additional materials, such as a personal reflection journal, worksheets and exercises. At the core of this course are exercises and strategies that you can apply to your life.

Content and Overview

You will understand the different areas of positive psychology and how each of them can contribute to a better life. We look at research that shows how to build self-esteem and fulfilled relationships. You learn about mindfulness and how to overcome the challenges of practicing it regularly. You also get the chance to discover your strengths and ways to apply them consistently.

Life is not about being happy all the time and that's why you get an entire section on overcoming tough times. Emotion-focused and problem-focused coping strategies are at the core of these lectures. Among other things, you'll be able to identify thinking errors, use effective problem-solving strategies and much, much more.

And by the end of the course, you will have the skills to better your life and your relationships, and you will be using these skills in your daily life. You will have a thorough understanding of what positive psychology is and how to make use of its insights. And you will have the tools and resources you need to put them into practice.

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Who this course is for:
  • People who are interested in living happier and more fulfilled lives
Course content
Expand all 55 lectures 05:53:44
+ Introduction
7 lectures 26:48

There are a few learning principles on which this course is based on and that will help us get most out of it:

1. Based on science. The ideas I am presenting have been tested, retested and proven effective throughout many years of hard scientific research.

2. Apply

To really be able to make long-term change, you need to apply the additional materials provided. Do some of the exercises and take the time-outs during the lecture.

3. Engage

Do the exercises not for the sake of doing them – The intention that you bring to the exercise matters for its outcome.

4. Remain Critical

Just because this course is based on science does not mean that all the ideas and strategies work as well for everybody. People are different and you will find some activities/topics more interesting and effective for you than others. Choose the exercises and ideas that fit best for you.

I hope you enjoy the course and commit to making positive changes in your life!

Preview 04:34
Welcome to the course II

This lecture sets the scene for the rest of the course. We will discover what positive psychology is.

What is Positive Psychology?

In this lecture, we will learn about the two ways to view happiness - hedonic and eudaimonic.

What is Happiness?

Nearly all of us buy into what Sonya Lyubomirsky – one of the leading happiness researchers - calls the myths of happiness. Beliefs that certain achievements (marriage, kids, jobs, wealth) will make us forever happy and that certain adult failures or adversities (health problems, not having a life partner, having little money) will make us forever unhappy. We will explore those beliefs and discover why they are myths.

Myths of Happiness
Exercises - Introduction
2 pages

This Personal Reflection Journal is the compilation of all the exercises and strategies presented throughout this course. You can print it out and use it as the main document to guide you through the application of lessons in this course.

Personal Reflection Journal
58 pages

Are you committed to engaging in this course and apply the material to your life?

Are you committed?
1 question
+ The Power of Positive Emotions
3 lectures 16:24
Introduction to The Power of Positive Emotions

In this lecture we will understand how positive emotions affect our mind and body and how we can cultivate more positive emotions.

The Power of Positive Emotions
Exercises - Building Positive Emotions
2 pages
+ Creating Sustainable Change
5 lectures 22:11

In this lecture we will learn about the mechanisms in our brain that enable us to transform ourselves over time.

Is Change Possible?

In this lecture we will understand how habits are crucial for our long-term success and how we can build healthy habits and sustain them.

How to Change Effectively
Exercises - Creating Lasting Change
1 page
+ Focus on Habits
4 lectures 09:33
Intro to Habits
What are habits?
The Habit Loop
When a trigger is missing
+ Beliefs and thoughts
8 lectures 51:38
Introduction to Beliefs and Thoughts

In this section we will explore how our beliefs and thoughts shape our reality and what we can do about it.

We’ll talk about how science shows us that focusing more on what works and what is going well helps to counter our inherent negativity bias. We’ll see how placing more focus on the positive is NOT to be detached from reality but to see reality from a more useful angle. And we will finish this first class by looking at the power of being more grateful for what we have.

Benefit and Fault Finding
Exercises - Benefit vs. Fault Finding
2 pages

In this class we will deal with self-fulfilling prophecies and the optimistic mindset and try to get a better understanding of why the way we see ourselves determines who we are and who we become.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies and the Optimistic Mindset

In this lecture we discuss how we can benefit from a change in mindset and how leaving our comfort zone is a key to changing our mindsets.

Changing Mindsets by Changing Behaviour
Exercises - Going Outside Our Comfort Zone
3 pages

In this lecture we learn about difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset and how we can change them.

Changing Mindsets by Changing Beliefs
Exercises - Changing Beliefs
1 page
5 questions
+ Core Strategies for Living a Good Life
11 lectures 48:26
Introduction to Mindfulness

In this lecture we will learn to understand what mindfulness is and how research has shown its powerful effects.

Preview 09:16

In this lecture we go over various ways to bring more mindfulness to our lives. We will also discuss common challenges that people face when they want to establish a mindfulness practice.

Practicing Mindfulness
Exercises - Mindfulness
3 pages
The Challenges of Mindfulness
2 pages

This video class will be about self-esteem. Self-esteem is the judgment we place upon ourselves and it affects almost every aspect of our lives. We discuss the benefits of higher self-esteem and then we learn about the six pillars – or practices – of high self-esteem.

Exercises - Self-Esteem
4 pages

Having an understanding of what makes us stand out, of what we are best at can transform our lives. In this lecture we look at character strengths and how we can find out more about ours.

Exercises - Applying Your Strengths
2 pages
5 questions
+ Building fulfilling relationships
4 lectures 23:23
Introduction to Building Fulfilling Relationships

In this lecture, we see why relationships are so important to us and then go ahead to explore how we can make our relationships to our partners and also our friends and family more fulfilled. We look at what not to do: four behaviours that can predict divorce up to 94% accuracy.

Preview 12:15

In this lecture we turn to how we can nurture happy and fulfilled relationships by looking at what the happiest couples do differently. Taking the Minding Model of Relationships we explore the five practices that the most fulfilled couples bring to their relationships.

Building Fulfilling Relationships II
Exercises - Building Fulfilling Relationships
7 pages
+ Overcoming tough times
9 lectures 30:24
Introduction to Overcoming Tough Times

In this lecture, we establish an understanding that we also need negative emotions and that they are a normal part of our lives.

Permission to Be Human
Exercises - Permission to Be Human
1 page

In this lecture, we discuss what is called ‘problem-focused coping’. It involves dealing with the problem and using social support, and we’ll see how we can use physical exercise and expressive writing to overcome tough times.

Problem-Focused Coping
Exercises - Problem-Focused Coping
1 page

In this lecture, we turn to ‘emotion-focused coping’. After hearing the story of Viktor Frankl, a Jewish psychologist who survived the concentration camps, we’ll revisit optimism and optimistic beliefs that we discussed in the fourth section about 'Thoughts and Beliefs'. We will use the so-called ABC-method to understand how we can rewire our brain and gradually replace old, negative thought patterns with more productive and positive ones.

Emotion-Focused Coping
Exercises - Emotion-Focused Coping
3 pages
ABC Reflection Sheet
1 page
+ Wrap-up
3 lectures 04:57

To round up this course, we repeat 5 main points that we learned in this course.

Course Summary
Two Concluding Remarks
Exercises - Roundup
2 pages
+ References
1 lecture 00:00

This is a list of references to some of the research papers that this course is based on. Every lecture also comes with a book recommendation for those who want to dig deeper.

10 pages