Learning to be happy: The MOOC way

Learning is not all about success in your career. While that is important, it is equally important to have a fulfilling life. And, what is most important for that? You guessed it – happiness. Do you want to be happy? Of course, you do! Who doesn’t? And in these times when everything (well, almost!) is available online, happiness is too. To be more specific, you can learn to be happy by using resources found online. Let us tell you about a few courses that can bring loads of sunshine into your life.

The Science of Well-Being: Yale University

This course makes you work through a series of challenges that will put you on a path of well-being. The skills you will gain from this course are mostly intangible. You will soon count among your abilities, gratitude, mindfulness, and an ability to savor experiences and even things. Not all results from this course are intangible. The course curriculum aims to ensure that you eventually incorporate a specific wellness activity into your routine.

The Science of Happiness: Berkeley, University of California

This course is among the first MOOCs that offered to teach students positive psychology. The curriculum is structured in such a way that you will effortlessly imbibe science-based principles and practices which will help you raise the happiness quotient in your life. The course has been created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. The course is interesting as it uses a lot of cross-disciplinary research spanning fields such as psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and others.

 Life of Happiness and Fulfillment: Indian School of Business

This course is taught by Prof. Rajagopal Raghunathan ((aka “Dr. Happy-smarts”), a professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, and a visiting professor at the Indian School of Business. This course takes you through seven well-structured steps to reach your goal of happiness.

The course is based on the award-winning class taught by Prof Raghunathan at the Indian School of Business and the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Content for the course is drawn from various fields such as psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral decision theory.

The Year of Happy: The Positive Psychlopedia

This is a free email course that walks its participants through one major theme of happiness every month. Weekly emails with theme-based videos, readings, discussions, among other things are sent to participants. Gratitude, optimism, mindfulness, kindness, relationships, flow, goals, work, savoring, resilience, body, meaning, and spirituality will soon cease to be just words. All these concepts will become a part of your personality if you do all that the course instructors tell you to. 1-2 hours per week should do the trick.

So you now know that you can learn how to increase your happiness and also build habits that will make you more productive than you are currently.

And the certification for these skills will come to you from a source that will be brutally honest (if you let it be!) – yourself. And what’s more, this ‘certification’ can be revisited at any time by just looking within yourself! And if you find yourself wanting, you know what to do and where to get support.

Some of these courses do offer actual certification too! Check these and more such courses out at