Personal Decisions for Happiness

Understand how you make decisions, avoid some common decision making errors and increase your personal happiness.
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  • Lectures 41
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Anyone can improve their life and their happiness by improving the way that they make decisions. This can be achieved through understanding how you make decisions and identifying where we sometimes make incorrect choices.

It's about your happiness:

Do you know with absolute certainty what you need to be happy in your life? Once you know exactly what you need to be happy, you can align your decisions, and all other areas of your life, in order to achieve happiness.

A practical, step by step process:

  • Learn some decision making theory.
  • Understand the problems facing decision makers.
  • Better understand how your mind works.
  • List and evaluate the choices in your decision.
  • Assistance making your choice.
  • Reviewing the choice that you've made.

A practical tool for life:

All the steps and lessons are implemented in a simple, decision making tool called "my decision assistant". Exercises will help you better understand the process and the tool can be used for your current as well as any future decisions you make in your life.

  • Are you facing a tough choice right now?
  • Do you feel that you could be happier?
  • Do you get stuck assessing your options in a choice?
  • Feel that you could make better choices?
  • Are looking for a simple process to make choices in your life?

If you've answered yes to any of the questions above:
Then this course WILL benefit you.

What are the requirements?

  • Nothing is required except an open mind, a willingness to learn and commitment to our process.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the decision environment
  • Understand the role your mind plays in making decisions
  • Identify and avoid common decision making mistakes
  • Have a process to make better decisions in your life

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone facing a tough choice at the moment
  • Anyone looking to improve their overall happiness in their lives
  • Anyone looking to make better choices in their lives

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course overview and intro

An introduction to Decisions for Happiness. Go over what is going to be covered, what you can expect from the course and what you're going to learn.


This lecture covers one of the most important elements of the course.Commitment. Your commitment to yourself and to the course.

We will also look at the "commitment contract"


This is a quick overview of myself. How I got here and how I can use my knowledge and my experience to assist you in your life.

Section 2: The decision environment

This section looks at some of the theory around making decisions, and the elements that make up a decision.


Every decision, whether conscious or unconscious goes through a standard process. This lesson examines this process so that you can improve the choices you make.


This lesson looks at some of the ways that decisions are categorised. Understanding into which category a choice falls, give you a better understanding of how to manage each decision.


This lesson looks at the constant changing environment in which we live, and unpacks how this affects our choices.


Understanding exactly why you're making a choice, is important in order to ensure that you allocate the correct amount of time and energy into that choice. This lesson examines this and assists you develop your "decison strategy"


A quick recap of section 2 - the decision environment.

Section 3: Challenges in decison making

Does having more choices actually make you more happy. We examine how the amount of choice we have in our lives impacts our ability to make decisions and your overall happiness.


This lesson looks at the idea of limiting the number of decisions that you make in your day - an the positive effect that has on eliminating "decision fatigue".


Understanding the role that conflict plays in making choices, and how you personally manage this conflict.


Looking at the inherint fear of failure, and how this impacts our ability to make choices.


Focus is a skill that can improve all areas of your life. We look at its impact in how you gather decision information as well as assess the options in your choice.


Making good decisions requires access and evaluation of the right information. Gathering and the way this information is processed can also be a challenge. We look at some of the problems in gathering and weighting of decision information.


As with most skills, the more your practise and the more experience you have - the better you will become at that skill. Making non-programmed decisions is the same. We will look at some ways to help you improve your decision making experience.

Social factors and decision making
Section 4: Understanding your mind

Taking a look at the way we manage our thoughts on a continual basis.


We will define and introduce heuristics and biases and examine their effect on your making decisions.


Looks at the way information is represented and processed by your mind.


Looking at, and examining how to overcome your mind's tendency toward information which confirms things it already believes to be true.


The recency of certain information, can have an impact in your mind's ability to process that information in your life. Identify how this happens and discover ways to overcome it.


Understand that the way information is framed or presented impacts your choices. Identifying how this impacts your choices, can improve your decision making.


This lesson looks at the bias that is sometimes created by people that feel that should carry on down a specific path based on the time or energy already invested in that path.


How much something is worth or how much you perceive it's worth, could be affected by some other information called an "anchor". Know what these are and how they impact your decision information to make better decisions.


"This is how things have always been done", can be a recipe for failure. We'll look at some practical examples to ensure status quo isn't a hindrance in the choices you make.


"Half empty" or "half full"? Either of these ways of thinking could lead to problems when you assess the options in your choice. Which one are you?


An experience is often remmebered by how it ends. Make sure you can identify this heuristic to ensure you don't incorrectly weight a past experience when making a future choice.


Make sure you've got all the options available when you make your choices. Narrow focus is the problem of making a choice without looking at all the possible alternatives.


Making sure that you don't always make choices that align to your personal value set. While this is most often the right way to make a choice, ensure that you're aware of this bias so that you rationally look at all options in your choice.

Section 5: Looking at values

Exploring the difference between what society deems to be acceptable and your personal values.


A journey into understanding how evefrything around us, impacts how we look at the world.


In this lesson we'll examine why it's important to define and be conscious of your personal values - they affect all areas of your life, not just how you make decisions.


A practical exercise that you can use to establish what your personal values are.

Section 6: Where is your happiness?

How happy you are, is determined by how you live each moment of your life. Do you know exactly what that is for you? This exercise will get you thinking so that you can start to work towards making decisions that align with your happiness.

Section 7: Pulling the trigger

After going through and understanding heuristics, getting an understanding of your highest values and having an idea of where you happiness lies, this lesson now looks at, and reviews the options available in your choice.


The moment of truth ... where you select an alternative and make your decision.


Understanding that it's important to look back and review a choice once it's been made. You've now tested the assumptions that you made, has the choice that you selected, been the best from the options that you had?

Section 8: Review of the entire decision making process

An overview of the entire decision process from begingin to end.

Section 9: Outro
A final word

Some of the blunders made in putting this course together. Just for fun.

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Instructor Biography

Gareth Pickering, Full time traveller, life coach and entrepreneur.

A full time traveller, life coach and entrepreneur, I travel the world living in new countries, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.

I am a beginner (but passionate) photographer and believe that sharing my experiences through photography is one life's greatest blessings.

I am focused on lifestyle, diet and exercise, and continually challenge myself to improve in these areas of my life.

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