Why you Should do the Science of Well-Being Course

When the pandemic started, I needed some help with taking care of my well-being. I felt lost about what to do, and like many people I tried to do self-care practices that just didn’t seem to work for me.

The Science of Well-Being course was a game changer, and it deserves a whole post to continue our series about student wellness.

This Yale course, created and taught by Professor Laurie Santos, is available for FREE from Coursera. As per the description, Dr. 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”. It was vital for me to know the science behind why the things I think will make me happy don’t seem to work. The course even has students use an objective measurement of their happiness before and afterwards. My score improved significantly after the course – thanks science!

If you feel like the wellness strategies you’re trying aren’t really working, take this course. I saw it as an investment in my resilience and well-being, and the course itself was enjoyable. If you’re into podcasts, Dr. Santos has an excellent one called The Happiness Lab where she goes through the latest research that will “forever alter the way you think about happiness”. I listen to it while I’m walking for an extra pick-me-up, and it does what it claims.

That’s all for now. Good luck and be well!