Philosophy: How to Be Happy in the Modern World
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Philosophy: How to Be Happy in the Modern World

Powerful Philosophy to Reduce Stress, Increase Happiness, and Live with Purpose
4.4 (10 ratings)
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Created by Greg Vanderford
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Reduce stress through meditation
  • Find joy in their everyday lives
  • Apply techniques to increase long term happiness
  • Reduce general anxiety about the future
  • Reduce anxiety about money
  • Increase happiness for themselves and those around them
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  • Students simply need to be open to knew ways of thinking

In this course you will learn to:

Reduce Stress

Increase Happiness

Live with Purpose

Live with Meaning

Re-prioritize Your Life Around What Matters

Achieve Your Dreams

Through my work as a master teacher, entrepreneur, traveler, and spiritual seeker I have gained many insights into human nature. In this course we will learn proven psychological techniques and modes of thinking that are guaranteed to improve your life.

Drawing on the most effective teachings of philosophers, prophets, teachers, and leaders throughout history as well as my experience putting these ideas into practice, we will explore and learn how to stop worrying, improve our effectiveness in whatever endeavor we choose, and live with new meaning and love.

The things you will learn in this course work, it's as simple as that. In addition to my experience, and the words of the greatest teachers in history, we will also draw on modern research that points in the same direction as current and past teachers regarding how to live our lives, what is truly important, and why NOW is always the best time to take action regardless of our current circumstances.

With a master's degree in teaching, minor degree in History, and a voracious reader who has consumed hundreds of books on history, philosophy, literature, and spirituality, I lay out for you the MOST IMPORTANT things that I have learned throughout my life as a seeker.

Many people who know me tell me that I am one of the happiest people they know. In this course, I will tell you WHY.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to be happier and less stressed in their lives
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
1 Lecture 05:00

Learn why so many people today suffer from anxiety, loneliness, and depression.

Preview 05:00
How to Reduce Stress
6 Lectures 59:57

In this lesson we pinpoint the root cause of stress and begin to learn how to reduce stress in our lives.

Preview 11:50

This this visualization exercise we practice learning to let go of mental constructs in our modern culture that cause stress and anxiety.

Anti-stress Visualization Exercise

Learn how to lower anxiety about money and even stop worrying about it all together.

How Can We Reduce Our Anxiety About Money?

In this visualization exercise we practice how to let go of a critical mental construct that is holding us back.

Anti-anxiety Visualization Exercise

In this lesson we explore the root causes of anxiety and unhappiness in modern culture and what we can do about it.

The Problem with Modern Culture and What to do About It

In this visualization exercise we explore how to increase happiness as individuals and as a society in the modern world.

Culture Focused Visualization Exercise

Quiz covering material from section 2 on reducing stress.

Section 2 Quiz
5 questions
How to Increase Happiness
10 Lectures 01:06:33

Learn why people are often happier in poorer countries despite their seeming lack of wealth. This can help us understand how to increase our own happiness.

Why Are People Often Happier in Poor Countries?

In this visualization exercise we practice the art of contentment.

Happiness Visualization Exercise

Learn why the great spiritual teachers point to the present moment as the key to peace and contentment.

Why is the Present Moment the Most Important Moment?

In this visualization exercise we learn practice focusing on the now through a powerful meditation technique used by Buddhists and prescribed by modern doctors to reduce stress and anxiety.

Present Moment Visualization Exercise

Learn how one small adjustment in your perspective and totally transform your life!

The Attitude Adjustment that will Change Your LIfe

In this visualization exercise we practice what could be the most important mental attitude that impacts your happiness.

Attitude Visualization Exercise

Learn how to prioritize your life around the things that have been proven to create happiness and well being no matter what your current life circumstance.

How to Optimize Your Life Priorities for Maximum Happiness

In this visualization exercise we practice how to create real happiness in our lives today.

Happiness Visualization Exercise

Learn why human beings are at our best mentally when we live an active lifestyle.

The True Power of Exercise

Learn how to increase your motivation and keep it up over an extended period of time.

Increase Motivation Visualization Exercise

Quiz covering material from section 3 on how to increase happiness.

Section 3 Quiz
5 questions
How to Live with Purpose
2 Lectures 18:44

In this lesson I show you a secret that will jump start your motivation and help you learn to start living a meaningful life filled with purpose starting right now.

A Secret to Start Living Life with Purpose Right Now

In this visualization exercise we practice how to start living with true purpose in our lives and increase our sense of fulfillment and happiness.

Living with Purpose Exercise
Conclusion and BONUS MATERIAL
1 Lecture 05:29

Learn why the information in this course has been proven over the centuries to work for all human beings throughout the globe and why it will always work no matter what changes take place in the future!

Special Offer: As a thank you for joining my course, I am offering a 95% off coupon to my other motivation and lifestyle courses!

Buddhism: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life

Super Motivation: No Excuses. No Fear. No Regrets.

Conclusion and BONUS Material

Comprehensive quiz covering material from the entire course.

Final Quiz
10 questions
About the Instructor
Greg Vanderford
4.6 Average rating
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10,904 Students
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Teacher and Entrepreneur

My courses are designed based on my many years as a teacher and student of education and business. I hold a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and have been designing curricula for over a decade.

The business, language, and chess courses that I have built on Udemy are a reflection of this experience and dedication to education. My goal is to reach as many people as possible with my courses, which is why I have chosen the internet and the Udemy platform as my ideal mode of delivery.

The following is a little more about my expertise and background. I was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho where I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. After a few years in the work force as an account manager I moved to Vietnam where I lived for over 5 years.

While in Vietnam I taught English as a second language for almost 2 years to students of all ages and backgrounds. For the 3 final years that I lived there I opened and ran a sports training company called Saigon Sports Academy. We coached sports such as soccer, chess, tennis, and basketball as well as ran large sporting events such as tournaments and leagues. My positions while at the company included Director of Strategic Initiatives as well as Director of the Chess Program.

While living in Vietnam I became fluent in the Vietnamese language and developed a deep love for teaching and traveling internationally. I then came back in the United States to work on a masters degree in education so that I would be an even more effective teacher in the future. It is my wish to be a positive force for education in the world, and to inspire my current and future students to be the best that they can be in whatever they do.