I have a confession...I never went to college. Well ok, I went to a community college for about one year. I had no idea what I wanted to study so I took a bunch of courses that sounded fun (sorry FAFSA). Fashion merchandising, general psychology, anthropology, and acting to name a few. Acting stuck out more than the rest and I moved to LA to pursue it full time.
But I’ve always loved school. So when I read about this booming Psychology course I had to find out more.
It’s offered at Yale University called “Psychology and The Good Life” and it has record breaking student attendees. Over 1200 students aka 1/4 of Yale undergraduates signed up for this course! It stands as it’s most popular class in all of Yale’s 315 years. It highlights building positive habits, and teaches student to live happier and healthier lives. I read about this anomaly a few months ago in an article online. I was intrigued. Then I stumbled upon the same story in a magazine a few weeks ago on an airplane. Now I wanted to look deeper into it. Come to find out, this course was so highly sought after, Yale couldn’t afford the time, teachers, and space to keep accommodating it. So the professor that created it, Laurie Santos, recorded the entire class in the comfort of her home! She had students come every week and take part.
The best news? They offer it for free on Coursera (no this is not an ad). It’s called “The Science of Well-Being” and it takes a short 10 weeks to complete! Filled with with workbook pages and weekly “rewirement” challenges that offer actionable steps to aid positive habit forming. They also offer links to some online surveys (which can be taken anonymously) that gauge your current happiness. At the end of the course you can take another one to see if your overall happiness has improved.
I signed up about two weeks ago and so far, I’m loving it! I found myself sending the link to everyone I know, so I thought why not share it with the Magic Mornings community? I love the tribe we’ve built here and I want to keep it a safe place to come, learn, and share.
I will definitely keep you posted on when I finish the course and how I feel after. In the mean time, try it out for yourself! If you end up taking it, reach out to me and let me know how it went for you!