Is there really a need for a class on how to be happy? Sure, we all know that happiness is one of the most important aspects of a fulfilling life, but we never imagined walking into a “Happiness 101” class between math and English while we were still in school. But at the same time, happiness is not always easy to find — especially in a world that seems to be consumed by bad news. So we suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised that Yale University is offering a class about happiness — a class that anyone can take for free.
As Inc. reported, Yale first began offering “Psychology and the Good Life” this semester, and it quickly became the most popular course in the university’s 316-year history. In fact, it was so high in demand that nearly a fourth of the entire undergraduate student population enrolled in it. But don’t worry: If you’re interested in taking the course, you aren’t required to dust off your textbooks or squeeze into one of those horribly uncomfortable student desks (which we know for sure would make us unhappy!).
Psychology and cognitive science professor Laurie Santos decided to open up an adapted version of the course — called “The Science of Well-Being” — for free on an online learning platform. You can sign up at CourseEra, where the six-week course begins on April 30. It will cover topics such as misconceptions about happiness, why we sometimes have bad expectations, and strategies to reset our expectations. The best part? The lectures in the online course will be filmed from Santos’ own living room — talk about making yourself feel at home while you learn.
“The hope is that this isn’t going to be an ordinary class or lecture series,” Santos says in an introductory video. “This is the kind of thing that we hope will change your life in a real way.”
We just have three words: Sign us up!