The Happiness Checklist: Build and Maintain Happiness
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The Happiness Checklist: Build and Maintain Happiness

A practical approach to creating maximum sustainable happiness, using the latest research in neuroscience + psychology
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Created by Paul Taylor
Last updated 4/2017
Price: $25
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • find the kind of work that inspires you
  • take control and escape from the 'rules' that threaten your happiness
  • cope with the enormous changes that are transforming our lives
  • find purpose and live according to your values
  • overcome the hard-wired cognitive biases that can lead to bad decisions
  • raise your happiness baseline - the starting point for your happiness in any situation
  • exert greater control over emotions and transform negative energy into positive action
  • become a realistic optimist so that you make the most of every situation
  • develop new skills and enjoy the feeling of mastery
  • achieve security and escape from the prison of materialistic thinking
  • strike the optimum balance between short-term pleasure and long-term contentment
  • help others - happy people spread happiness!
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  • No previous knowledge or experience is required.

Every day you make - or fail to make - decisions that could have a lasting impact on your happiness. By taking this course, you give yourself the best possible chance of making decisions that help you, and your family, to achieve maximum sustainable happiness - happiness not just in the present but throughout your life. The Happiness Checklist will help you to make the most of every situation.

There are challenges, though: globalisation, off-shoring, climate change, terrorism, spiralling debt, credit crises, the loss of jobs to robots and computers ...; a lot is going on, and it isn't happening with a view to making you happy. Positive thinking and optimism are not enough. The Happiness Checklist will help you to reflect, plan and take action to give yourself the best possible chance of happiness.

But, of course, happiness does not only depend on your situation. What happens inside your head is as, if not more, important than your circumstances. In The Happiness Checklist, you will learn how to manage your emotional drivers so that you build a solid foundation of contentment, your happiness baseline. You will also discover how to take control of the automatic, unconscious processes in your brain that can distort your thinking.

A Realistic and Personal Approach

There are plenty of books and courses in the self-help genre promising everlasting happiness; all you have to do is think positively and follow a few simple steps. Unfortunately, these quick-fix, off-the-shelf, instant solutions rarely work. Achieving real sustainable happiness requires analysis, reflection and effort. How could it be otherwise? Your personality, emotional triggers, interests, values, desires, thought processes and skills are unique. As is your context: wealth, family, social connections, career and qualifications. You have to discover your own personal route to happiness.

The Happiness Checklist can help you to do this

Robust and Concise

The principles of The Happiness Checklist are derived from the latest findings from neuroscience and psychology, complemented by the wisdom of some of the great philosophers. They have been honed and refined in the real-world through my work as a coach with capable and challenging individuals from over 30 countries. There is no padding with anecdotes or extended descriptions of research studies (references are provided). This is the distilled essence of my research and experience regarding what it takes to achieve maximum sustainable happiness.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to maintain or increase their happiness
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Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
3 Lectures 09:00

The Happiness Checklist is based on scientific research in neuroscience and psychology, together with wisdom of great philosophers my own experience working with hundreds of individuals in 35 countries as a coach.

Preview 03:30

Course Objectives

The course begins with an overview of the 2 types of happiness: situational (in-the-moment) and baseline (your underlying sense of contentment). The emphasis in the course is on raising your happiness baseline and I will show you how to do this.

The bulk of the course consists of exploring each of the 9 principles of The Happiness Checklist and the steps you can take in each area. The video in this lecture provides a brief overview of the principles.

At the end of the course, I consider hedonic adaptation and how you can extend joyful moments, while reducing the impact of negative events.

Preview 04:56
Two Types of Happiness
6 Lectures 28:16

Perhaps the single most important concept in developing happiness: hedonic adaptation and how feelings fade?

Situational Happiness

The best strategy for happiness is not to focus on individual moments but instead, to raise your happiness baseline.

Baseline Happiness

Understanding the unconscious processes that underpin your happiness.

Developing Contentment

Are some people born miserable and others happy?

The Impact of Genes

You can change how you feel by changing how you think.

Preview 05:07

Take Action!
1 Lecture 00:09

Download our action template for happiness - a structured framework to enable you to think, plan and act in ways that will increase your happiness - and sustain it. I am sure that you will have ideas cascading through your mind but there is a big gap between ideas and action. 

I strongly recommend that you use the Happiness Checklist action map to capture your insights as you go through the course. I emphasise throughout that there is no one, universal route to happiness - there are principles and perspectives but ultimately we have to discover our own personal route. The Happiness Checklist provides the structure and helps you to understand what is happening at an unconscious level but you, your situation, resources, skills, desires etc are unique.

The action map template will help you to structure and actually DO what you decide is appropriate  - and, after all, presumably the reason you are taking this course is to take action!

Happy At Work
9 Lectures 56:31

It can be frustrating thinking about the future when you feel trapped by the present. Here are some practical steps that you can take.

When Circumstances Are Against You

A paradigm is a rule for success and in the past it used to run something like: study hard, go to college, get a good job. But in a world of globalisation, artificial intelligence and robotics the old rules of success no longer apply. You have to think outside of the box because the box may no longer exist in a few years. We have to change our perspective about what 'work' means. There are threats but also opportunities. However, if you don't see opportunities, then for you, they don't exist. 

Beware Paradigms - We Are Living In Transformational Times

So many people are trapped in jobs that they don't enjoy - they know what they don't want to do but still don't know what they do want to do. Here is an approach to help you find a job what you will enjoy - and continue to enjoy.

Identifying What You Enjoy

The interesting relationship between your salary and job satisfaction.

Money Matters - But Not As Much As You Think

As we have seen, the old paradigms are broken - and there are some interesting alternative approaches to your career.

Alternative Approaches To Your Career

Some thoughts on how the future will be different.

Looking To The Future

The importance of not moving too quickly and developing self-control.

You Have To Invest

The middle can be hard - interesting research about how age affects job-satisfaction.

Beware The U-Shaped Curve

Action Map
Autonomy, Purpose and Perspective
5 Lectures 37:00

The need for autonomy is an unconscious driver - understanding it is key to your happiness.

Autonomy - A Fundamental Driver

A clarification on autonomy- cooperation is good too!

Autonomy - Important, But A Means To An End, Not An End

Why do you do what you do? Having a sense of purpose, of making a difference, can have a big impact on your happiness. And it works at many levels.

The Importance of Purpose

Positive thinking can be positively harmful. This is one of the most important videos in the course as it affects how you approach and interpret in every aspect of your life. I will explain why relentless positivity can be bad for you and how to develop the mindset of a "realistic optimist". Substantial recent research has revealed that realistic optimism is incredibly a critical factor in attaining happiness.

Perspective - Beware Optimism

A Quick Recap
People, Money and Values
7 Lectures 36:07

Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, people can have a big impact on your happiness. I will explain the neuroscience behind this and outline how you can achieve the kind of relationships that make you happy.

We Are Hard-Wired To Be Social

How to prevent others from getting you down.

Don't Make Your Happiness Conditional

Material things can be a source of joy - but sometimes even the things that we treasure the most can hold us back from happiness - here's why.

The Curse Of Materialism - Recalibrate What You Want

New car or exotic foreign trip - this may help you to decide.

Experiences or Possessions?

Money is the root of all evil - well, that may be a bit strong but there is evidence to suggest that it does change people. 

Money Can Make You "An ***hole" (Professor Piff)

How do you want to live your life? What principles will guide you? These are important questions and at the end of this video you may wish to complete the Values Questionnaire.

Live According To Your Values

Values Questionnaire
Stretch and Set Action Goals
8 Lectures 44:00

Relaxing and living the easy life are not the route to happiness - why you should stretch yourself.

Comfort Zone and Mindset

How to get into a state of 'effortless excellence'.

Achieving Flow

If you push yourself in every area, then life just becomes a struggle - so where should you invest your efforts for the biggest happiness return?

How And Where To Stretch

Developing Character

Goals are important - but some can threaten your happiness. Don't set the wrong goals.

Preview 04:16

Goals set in this way are more likely to lead to happiness - and success.

How To Set Goals

Some goals are more important than others - and these are vital.

Probably The Most Important Goals

Action Map
Make The Good Times Last
3 Lectures 29:27

How you can extend the feelings of joy that you experience in life?

Recalibrate, Change and Aim Small

Negative events can have a strong and long-lasting effect on your happiness.But you can change your thinking to reduce their impact.

Overcoming Sadness

A comprehensive list of tips, approaches and philosophies for getting around bad stuff.

Getting Over Bad Stuff
2 Lectures 01:08
I Wish I Had Let Myself Be Happier

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About the Instructor
Paul Taylor
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I am the founder and managing consultant at Developing Edge.

For the last 20 years, I have been designing and delivering leadership development programs. I have worked in over 30 countries with global corporations through to entrepreneurial start-ups.

Prior to this, I was marketing manager in a FTSE-50 company and a director of a business consultancy firm.

I have a Masters in Law from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Cass Business School, University of London.

I live in England with my wife, Kathy, son, Robert, and, in the not too distant past, Alice, Jenny and Richard. Aside from being with this wonderful family, I enjoy football, rugby, the blues, Texas Red Dirt, real ale, curries, Pulp Fiction, gadgets and lots more.