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"The Science of Well-Being" Free Online Course @ Coursera


"t's been nicknamed "The Happiness Class", and unlike most units of study you would encounter at a university, it's all about arming students with the skills to lead a happy and fulfilled life. The final assessment is not an exam, but a personal self-improvement project." - Sydney Morning Herald - (https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/yale-has-made-its...)

“The Science of Well-Being” taught by Professor Laurie Santos overviews what psychological science says about happiness. The purpose of the course is to not only learn what psychological research says about what makes us happy but also to put those strategies into practice. The first part of the course reveals misconceptions we have about happiness and the annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do. The next part of the course focuses on activities that have been proven to increase happiness along with strategies to build better habits. The last part of the course gives learners time, tips, and social support to work on the final assignment which asks learners to apply one wellness activity aka "Rewirement" into their lives for four weeks."

This has been uploaded on OB a year ago but didn't get much attention. I completed this a year ago and have since been implementing some of these practices within my daily life and have found my well-being to significantly improve. I've been sharing this with fellow colleagues in the human service industry and have had positive feedback. For something that has zero cost, I'm sure there will be a few OB members that will appreciate this.

All the best

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  • +1 vote

    Thanks Rob, will take a squiz

  • -1 vote

    Read original buddha teachings translated into english. Maybe you can learn from this.
    I'll bet this teaches you once again 'benefitting within the slavery model'.
    NEG away instead of considering your benefit.

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      The practices encouraged within this course are backed by qualitative research that shows increased levels of perceived well-being including practicing:
      - gratitude
      - individual signature strengths
      - savouring
      - mindfulness
      - exercise
      - sleep


      I'll bet this teaches you once again 'benefitting within the slavery model'.

      What slavery model? Do you mean actual slavery or something else as the word slavery has a meaning? Slavery defined as: "Slavery is any system in which principles of property law are applied to people, allowing individuals to own, buy and sell other individuals".

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        Have you or will you ever likely have a choice to be a citizen or not, to be governed by violence-based authority. To be subject to thier laws, their will as they see fit.
        Is a constiution actually valid. All that we are forced to accept from birth to death is authorised strictly by an unreal god.

        I don't accept a country, authority as relevant to me, ever, without a choice. This violently enforced heirarchical slavery model is ubiquitous and voraciously defended globally afaik. Most people have forgotten their rights under natural and jungle law,… life. And weakly accept a submissive role under anciently devised church and state system control.

        That's briefly what I meant by slavery to the systems to serve the few.

        Try not to neg without thinking about it for a while.


          That isn't slavery, it is something else, I understand what you are describing, however jungle law is violent by its very nature, so preferring that over being governed due to government enforcing its will be violence seems illogical. The government laws has allowed for you to be able to use the computer you having this discussion on. Looking at history, people do not naturally work well together, governments for all their ills, have some mighty benefits.

          Can you stop with your neg paranoia?

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            I am a citizen. No, not in reality.
            I am subject to laws, instituted by a government, under a constitution on valid to a self appointed authority, under a archaic, false democracy model.

            Call it what you want, the system, society and the earth is decaying according to a lot of peoples opinions.

            You offer psychological insult.

            Wake up to it.

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              @username02: To the neg vote paranoia, not the other stuff, so please calm down Citizen Smith.


              I'm not against your views, even though I don't agree with them.


      Do you mean like businesses promoting the benefits of mindfulness get more effective & compliant workers?

      It seems to me the only solution to wage slavery is to go into business for oneself, perhaps initially via contracting, but I don't like the idea of taking on that level of responsibility and risk; it seems easier just turning up for work on time. Also, having a full time job already, I can't be bothered with starting a side gig.


    Might not do it but you have made a persuasive case OP, well done.


      your future self will thank you

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        Your enlightenment does not exist ahead of you in the future, it exists above you, every second of your life and if this course can help put someone on the path to learning how to reach up then it's a good thing. :)


    Says Purchase Course · $49 USD


      "Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments."

      So basically you can do the course for free but you will not get a certificate or be assessed. If you want a certificate you'll have to pay. This is how most MOOCs work.

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