Personal Decisions for Happiness
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Personal Decisions for Happiness

Understand how you make decisions, avoid some common decision making errors and increase your personal happiness.
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Created by Gareth Pickering
Last updated 9/2015
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
  • Nothing is required except an open mind, a willingness to learn and commitment to our process.

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.

Who this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
Expand all 41 lectures 02:14:50
+ Course overview and intro
3 lectures 14:12

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.

Preview 02:39

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"

Preview 05:12

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.

Preview 06:21
+ The decision environment
6 lectures 18:57

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

The five elements of 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.

The six steps in a decision making process

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.

Types of decisions

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

A state of constant change

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"

Getting to why

A quick recap of section 2 - the decision environment.

Section 2 recap
+ Challenges in decison making
8 lectures 27:46

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.

The Choice Fallacy

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".

Decision Limiting

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

Conflict and personal decison making styles

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

Fear of failure

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.

Lack of focus

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.

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.

Your experience in making decisions
Social factors and decision making
+ Understanding your mind
13 lectures 35:56

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

Thinking about thinking

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

An introduction to heuristics

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

Representative heuristic

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

The confirmation bias

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.

The availability heuristic

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

The framing heuristic

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.

Sunk cost fallacy

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.

Status quo

"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?

Optimism and pessimism

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.

The peak end rule

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.

Narrow framing

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.

Personal value bias & "My Heuristic Exercise"
+ Looking at values
4 lectures 17:53

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

Values and social norms

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

How social norms are established

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.

The importance of your value system

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

Determining your values (exercise)
+ Where is your happiness?
1 lecture 04:39

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.

The perfect day. (exercise)
+ Pulling the trigger
3 lectures 08:49

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.

Review your list of options in your decision

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

Backing a horse.

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?

Setting up a review date
+ Review of the entire decision making process
1 lecture 01:57

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

Review what've learnt - a tool for your life
+ Outro
2 lectures 04:41
A final word

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