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.
4.3 (25 ratings)
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Last updated 5/2015
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 23 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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
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  • 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.

One more thing: You have a totally unconditional money back guarantee. It allows you to study the course for 30 days and if you are in any way unhappy with it, you will get a full refund, no questions asked! Enrolling in the course is absolutely risk free.

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Who is the target audience?
  • People who are interested in living happier and more fulfilled lives
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Curriculum For This Course
55 Lectures
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
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
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
About the Instructor
Manuel Kraus
4.3 Average rating
130 Reviews
9,288 Students
7 Courses
Udemy Premium Instructor for Positive Psychology

Manuel Kraus is the founder of Pocketcoach, a therapy chatbot to support people with anxiety, and Good Life Foundation, an organization seeking to empower individuals and communities across the world to live happy and fulfilled lives by teaching positive psychology. He is also an expert in the field and one of only a few people in the world holding a master's degree in applied positive psychology. His main research interest focuses on the experience of meaning in life.

He teaches positive psychology in workshops and seminars, and is the author of a series of online courses covering topics ranging from building positive emotions and self-esteem to changing mindsets and overcoming tough times.

Positive psychology is the scientific study of life flourishing and optimal human functioning. It asks questions like these: What do very happy people do differently? How do the most successful people think and act?What makes some married couples stay together happily for many decades while others break up within months or years? And why are some people able to bounce back from failures while others succumb to them?

Happiness is not the absence of sadness and anger, and eliminating weaknesses does not mean we are really good at something. Many, many experiments, case studies, analyses and other forms of rigorous research have been conducted to provide insights into what makes our lives good and how we manage to live happily and successfully. Unfortunately, this science is not yet accessible to many people. That is why Manuel is committed to teach these findings and applications. His goal is to help create the foundations for everyone to live a good life by making positive psychology research accessible to everybody.

'I believe that the scientific study of what makes our lives most worth living can help people transform their lives. That is why I teach about topics like personal growth, building fulfilling relationships, goal-setting, mindfulness, self-esteem and realizing strengths. My personal mission is to make positive psychology research accessible to everybody, and thereby creating the foundations for people to live a good life and help build a better world.'

Braco Pobric
4.4 Average rating
298 Reviews
19,096 Students
9 Courses
Certified Positive Psychology Coach, Bestselling Author

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As a former globally Certified Trainer and Coach for Dale Carnegie Training I helped people make a massive shift and changes in their life and as a Certified Positive Psychology Coach I help people become happier and therefore more successful.


Braco Pobric is the bestselling author of Habits and Happiness: How to Become Happier and Improve Your Wellbeing by Changing Your Habits and a founding member and Chief Happiness Officer of the Institute for Advanced Human Performance. He is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach, Certified NLP Practitioner and former globally Certified Trainer and Business Coach for Dale Carnegie Training.

Mr. Pobric was a speaker/presenter at the Fourth World Congress of Positive Psychology, delivered his Habits and Happiness workshop to J.C. Kline – Forever Young event, taught Science of Happiness in many US States and has over 16,000 registered online students in 155 countries.

He is a creator of many educational programs including but not limited to flourishing, human change, science of happiness and management consulting.

Braco was a Vice President for the large Wall Street firm, Management Consultant for one of the “Big Five" Companies, Consulting Practice Manager for national large management consulting firms and owner and president for technology consulting, wholesale-retail and internet businesses.

He currently holds a leadership role with a large global financial company where he served multiple responsibility including Head of North America Operation, Head of Global Technology Command Centre and is now responsible for North America, Europe and Asia Pacific Regions Data Centers supporting $1.4 trillion of average daily volume.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife Nevenka and their cat Ringo