If you’re like me, you are constantly looking for new ways to keep yourself busy or entertained during quarantine. I read that Yale University was offering its most popular course, “The Science of Well-Being,” for free online. I started reading about what the class was about and I was instantly intrigued. The course essentially teaches people how to increase their own happiness and build more productive habits. I thought to myself, “what better time than now to take this class?”
The course is offered on Coursera, takes about 20 hours to complete and it is divided into 10 weeks. Each week there are video lectures from the professor, readings to help you dig deeper into various subjects and a quiz. I finished week 2 today and I must say I have found the class to be very beneficial so far. In addition to watching the video lectures and reading the articles that have been assigned, I also completed the various surveys that were required. The surveys really help you think about your life and what your goals are. There is also a survey that highlights your greatest character strengths based on your responses and it helps you become more self-aware. We have also delved a bit into how the things that we are sure will make us happy or unhappy, most of the time really do not. It’s fascinating to learn about the different studies and see how they alter your mindset. I look forward to seeing what the next few weeks have to offer but so far I highly recommend this class!
A few days ago, I started looking into what other universities were offering complimentary online courses. I found this great article on Business Insider that lists top schools such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Columbia, and a few of the classes that they are offering. There are classes about pretty much anything including politics, game theory, political science, religion, negotiation, communication and so on. The majority seem to have the same format which is watching videos, reading articles and taking a quiz. They are all free but also offer the option to purchase a certificate of completion.
Please let me know if you end up taking any of the classes and what your thoughts are!