A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

About this course: What are the determinants of a happy and fulfilling life? This is surely one of life’s biggest questions, and a question that has interested many of our ancestors. Buddha famously gave up his kingdom in search of happiness. Several Greek philosophers (from Aristotle to Epicurus and Plato to Socrates) had their own views on what it takes to be happy. And of course, we all have our own theories about happiness too. How valid are our theories? Until recently, if you wished for an answer to this question, you would've been forced to base it on discussions with spiritual leaders. Or, if you were lucky, you could've based it on late-night (and perhaps intoxicant-fueled) conversations with friends and family. Happily, all that has changed now. Over the past decade-and-a-half, scientists have gotten into the act big time. We now have a pretty good idea of what it takes to lead a happy and fulfilling life. This course, based on the award-winning class offered both at the Indian School of Business and at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, developed by Prof. Raj Raghunathan (aka "Dr. Happy-smarts") 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. Although not mandatory, reading Prof. Raj's forthcoming book, titled If you're so smart, why aren't you happy? can help you review and assimilate the material covered in this book at your leisure. For Coursera learners alone, the hardcover version of the book is available for a deep discount of 50%, plus shipping and handling. You can order the hardcover for 50% off by writing to Aaron at: Aaron@800ceoread.com. Please mention that you are a student of the "coursera happiness course" in your email. The course will feature guest appearances by several well-known thought leaders, including: - Dan Ariely (author of Predictably Irrational and, soon to be released, Irrationally Yours), - Ed Diener (“Dr. Happiness”), - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (author of Flow), By taking this course, you will discover the answers to questions such as: - Why aren’t the smart-and-the-successful as happy as they could—or should—be - What are the “7 Deadly Happiness Sins” that even the smart and the successful commit?, and - What are the “7 Habits of the Highly Happy” and how can you implement them in your life? By the end of the course, I expect students who have been diligent with the lectures and exercises to not just gain a deeper understanding of the science of happiness, but to also be significantly happier.

Created by:   Indian School of Business

Commitment6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
EnglishSubtitles: Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Module 1: Course intro and happiness measurement

6 videos6 readings
  1. Video: Welcome to the course
  2. Reading: About us: The Happiness Team at ISB
  3. Reading: Guest speakers!
  4. Reading: Information on graded components
  5. Video: Week 1 video 1: Genesis of the course
  6. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  7. Video: Week 1 Video 2: Happiness is a balloon!
  8. Video: Week 1 Video 3: What you can expect and what will it take!
  9. Video: Week 1 Video 4: Measuring happiness
  10. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  11. Video: Week 1 Video 5: Introducing the Seven Deadly Happiness Sins
  12. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
Module 2: The 1st sin, habit, and exercise

7 videos7 readings
  1. Video: Week 1 Video 6: Overview of 1st deadly happiness sin: Devaluing happiness
  2. Video: Week 1 Video 7: Devaluing happiness in job-choice
  3. Video: Week 1 Video 8: Three negative misconceptions about happiness
  4. Video: Week 1 Video 9: Why we devalue happiness: Part II
  5. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  6. Reading: Bonus: Prof. Raj's paper "The Fundamental Happiness Paradox"
  7. Video: Week 1 Video 10: Prioritize but don't pursue Happiness
  8. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  9. Reading: Bonus: Prof. Raj's paper "Prioritizing vs. Pursuing Happiness" (optional reading)
  10. Video: Week 1 Video 11: The 1st exercise: Defining and incorporating happiness
  11. Reading: Assignment #1 (The 1st happiness exercise--defining and incorporating happiness): Important note
  12. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  13. Video: Week 1 Video 12: Summary
  14. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
Graded: The 1st Happiness Exercise: Defining and incorporating happiness
Module 3: The 2nd sin, habit, and exercise

13 videos6 readings
  1. Video: Week 2 Video 1: The 2nd sin: Chasing superiority
  2. Video: Week 2 Video 2: Effects of chasing superiority on happiness
  3. Video: Week 2 Video 3: Is need for superiority important for success?
  4. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  5. Video: Week 2 Video 4: Flow is discovered
  6. Video: Week 2 Video 5: Characteristics of flow
  7. Video: Week 2 Video 6: When does flow happen
  8. Video: Week 2 Video 7: Why flow enhances happiness
  9. Video: Week 2 Video 8: Why flow enhances success
  10. Video: Week 2 Video 9: Getting flow back into your life
  11. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  12. Video: Week 2 Video 10: A practice for when things are not going well: Self-compassion
  13. Video: Week 2 Video 11: A practice for when things are going well: Gratitude
  14. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  15. Video: Week 2 Video 12: The 2nd happiness exercise: Expressing gratitude
  16. Reading: Assignment #2 (The 2nd happiness exercise): Important note
  17. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  18. Video: Week 2 Video 13: Summary of week 2
  19. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
Graded: Self-grading for assignment #2 (The 2nd happiness exercise--expressing gratitude)
Graded: Quiz 1
Module 4: The 3rd sin, habit and exercise

13 videos7 readings
  1. Video: Week 3 Video 1: The need to be loved--or its opposite: the need to go it alone
  2. Video: Week 3 Video 2: Further evidence of our social nature
  3. Video: Week 3 Video 3: Why neediness lowers happiness
  4. Video: Week 3 Video 4: Why avoidance lowers happiness
  5. Video: Week 3 Video 5: Secure attachment
  6. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  7. Video: Week 3 Video 6: An alternative route to belongingness
  8. Video: Week 3 Video 7: Evidence for the need to love and give
  9. Video: Week 3 Video 8: Why the need to love and give enhances happiness
  10. Video: Week 3 Video 9: The rules for giving: When does giving enhance happiness and success?
  11. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  12. Video: Week 3 Video 10: The 3rd exercise: Creative altruism
  13. Reading: Assignment #3 (The 3rd happiness exercise--creative altruism): Important note
  14. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  15. Video: Week 3 Video 11: Summary of week 3
  16. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  17. Video: Week 3 Video 12: Interview with Nipun Mehta (Optional)
  18. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  19. Video: Week 3 Video 13: Mid-course happiness measurement
  20. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
Graded: The 3rd Happiness Exercise: Creative Altruism
Module 5: The 4th sin, habit and exercise

13 videos3 readings
  1. Video: Week 4 Video 1: The 4th Sin: Being Overly Control Seeking
  2. Video: Week 4 Video 2: Why Being Overly Controlling of Others Lowers Happiness
  3. Video: Week 4 Video 3: Why Being Overly Controlling of Outcomes Lowers Happiness
  4. Video: Week 4 Video 4: The Desirability for Control (DC) and Maximizer Scales
  5. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  6. Video: Week 4 Video 5: Taking Personal Responsibility for Happiness
  7. Video: Week 4 Video 6: Obstacles to Taking Personal Responsibility
  8. Video: Week 4 Video 7: Internal and External Control as Compensatory Forces
  9. Video: Week 4 Video 8: Learning Simple Emotion Regulation Strategies
  10. Video: Week 4 Video 9: Appreciating Uncertainty and Lack of Control
  11. Video: Week 4 Video 10: The Importance of Leading a Healthier Lifestyle
  12. Video: Week 4 Video 11: Do's and Don'ts of a Healthier Lifestyle
  13. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  14. Video: Week 4 Video 12: The 4th Exercise: The Healthy Lifestyle Exercise
  15. Reading: Assignment #4 (The 4th happiness exercise--healthy lifestyle): Important note
  16. Video: Week 4 Video 13: Summary of the Week
Graded: Self-grading for assignment #4 (The 4th happiness exercise: leading a healthy lifestyle)
Graded: Quiz 2
Module 6: The 5th sin, habit and exercise

6 videos3 readings
  1. Video: Week 5 Video 1: Distrusting Others and Why Trust is Important
  2. Video: Week 5 Video 2: Instinctive distrust and proactive trust
  3. Video: Week 5 Video 3: The (hidden) Benefits of Proactive Trust
  4. Video: Week 5 Video 4: Perceived vs Actual Trust
  5. Video: Week 5 Video 5: Trust Scale
  6. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  7. Video: Week 5 Video 6: Three Strategies of Smart Trust
  8. Reading: Assignment #5: The 5th happiness exercise--writing, but not sending, a letter of forgiveness: Instructions
  9. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
Module 7: The 6th sin, habit, and exercise

7 videos5 readings
  1. Video: Week 5 Video 7: The 6th Deadly Happiness Sin--Distrusting Life
  2. Video: Week 5 Video 8: Process (vs. Outcome) as a Source of Happiness
  3. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  4. Video: Week 5 Video 9: Pre-Occurrence Preference and Post-Occurrence Non-Judgmentalism
  5. Video: Week 5 Video 10: Three Strategies for Instilling the Dispassionate Pursuit of Passion
  6. Video: Week 5 Video 11: Going Spiritual
  7. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  8. Video: Week 5 Video 12: The 6th Happiness Exercise-Three Good Things with a Twist
  9. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
  10. Reading: Assignment #6: (The 6th happiness exercise--3 good things with a twist): Important note
  11. Video: Week 5 Video 13: Summary of Week 5
  12. Reading: Bonus: Optional readings!
Graded: The 6th Happiness Exercise: 3 good things (with a twist!)
Module 8: The 7th sin, habit, and exercise

11 videos1 reading
  1. Video: Week 6, Video 1: The 7th Deadly Sin: Ignoring The Source Within
  2. Video: Week 6, Video 2: Stepping Outside The “GATE”
  3. Video: Week 6, Video 3: Being A Fly In The Wall
  4. Video: Week 6, Video 4: Flying Into The Present
  5. Video: Week 6, Video 5: The Benefits Of Mindfulness I
  6. Video: Week 6, Video 6: The Benefits Of Mindfulness II
  7. Video: Week 6, Video 7: Motivational Obstacles To Mindfulness
  8. Video: Week 6, Video 8: Cognitive Obstacles To Mindfulness
  9. Video: Week 6, Video 9: Some Other Obstacles To Mindfulness, Including Logistical Ones
  10. Video: Week 6, Video 10: The 7th Happiness Exercise: The “Presence Practice”
  11. Reading: The 7th assignment (The 7th happiness exercise--presence practice): Important note
  12. Video: Week 6, Video 11: Summary Of Week 6
Graded: Self-grading for assignment #7: Presence practice
Module 9: Summary and concluding Remarks

4 videos1 reading
  1. Video: Week 6, Video 12: Two Approaches To MBA
  2. Video: Week 6, Video 13: The 7 Happiness Sustaining Strategies
  3. Video: Week 6, Video 14: Six-week Post-Course Mindfulness Camp
  4. Video: Week 6, Video 15: Goodbye…And Hello!
  5. Reading: Self-grading for video watching
Graded: Self-grading: Watching course video lectures
Graded: Final exam (Part 1)
Graded: Final Exam (Part 2)
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