Though I regard myself a happy person, one can never have too much happiness in life, and since part of who I am yearns to grow continuously, I jumped in and enrolled.
Coursera is a wonderful organization providing a huge array of free online courses to anyone wishing to enroll. The courses are produced and led by experts in the field. In the case of this happiness course, the experts are well-known positive psychology researchers, authors, and lecturers.
If you’re interested in finding greater happiness and fulfillment in your life, or in just learning more about what science has learned on the topic, I encourage you to consider enrolling in the course that begins next week. It’s free, will take two to three hours per week, and runs for the next six weeks.
I plan to post key points of learning, questions, and insights from my course experience. If you enroll we can learn together and share insights. Or just stop by or follow my blog to see what I’m learning about happiness and fulfillment.
Though the course doesn’t officially start until March 14, it’s available now, so I jumped in and started. Some early impressions:
- The presentation format includes videos, and optional readings.
- Presentation tone is informal and light.
- The host, Raj Raghunathan (aka “Dr. Happy-smarts”) is a pleasant young man, easily understood, with a lighthearted, humorous approach. A professor at the Indian School of Business and at the McCombs School of Business, Raj “draws content from a variety of fields, including psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral decision theory to offer a tested and practical recipe for leading a life of happiness and fulfillment.”
- Raj promises guest appearances by several of the giants of positive psychology.
- The on-campus versions of the course draw waiting-list enrollments, with 70% of those who complete the exercises showing happiness improvements.
I’m eager to get started and will post my progress and insights as I progress through the videos and readings. I hope you’ll join me.