The science of well being

Registrations open for world leading course

To close out the first working week of Mental Health Month, we would like to point your attention towards Yale University, where professor Laurie Santos who is famously responsible for creating and running the institution’s most popular course ‘Psychology of the Good Life’, taken by 1 in 4 students at the university.

As explained by Santos, the immense popularity of the course was somewhat unexpected as it was simply her response to the levels of depression, anxiety and stress that she was witnessing first hand among the student population while living on campus.

Santos recognised that no one was living in the moment, instead they were in their own heads worrying about potential future scenarios of career success, or material possessions; thinking that these things would lead them to happier lives – when according to science, these things will not deliver sustained or long term happiness.

The popularity and positive impact of the course has since led Santos to work with many major companies and brands around the world as they seek to improve happiness levels for their staff and customers. This included the major tech companies, many of which have had the finger pointed at them in terms of being a key contributing factor to the increasing levels of anxiety and depression.

And now, in an attempt to reach an even wider audience and address this important social issue, Santos has designed a 10 week online course called ‘The Science of Well-Being’, which starts today and is free for anyone to access here.

From the course description:

In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

According to the website there are already 430,000 registrations for the course, which clearly demonstrates how much this issue is resonating with people.

Further to the 10 week course, which may not fit into your busy schedule, Santos has started producing a podcast called the Happiness Lab. It’s well worth a listen.

Whether you’re affected by mental health issues or not, we hope these resources provide assistance or reflection to improve your own well-being or that of those close to you.