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A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

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 ances...
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Platform: Coursera
Video: 13h 38m
Language: English

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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: [email protected] 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.

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How much does the A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment course cost? Is it worth it?

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Does the A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment course have a money back guarantee or refund policy?

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Are there any SCHOLARSHIPS for this course?

YES, you can get a scholarship or Financial Aid for Coursera courses. The first step is to fill out an application about your educational background, career goals, and financial circumstances. Learn more about financial aid on Coursera.

Who is the instructor? Is Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan has created 1 courses that got 617 reviews which are generally positive. Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan has taught 417647 students and received a 4.84 average review out of 617 reviews. Depending on the information available, Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan is a TRUSTED instructor.
Indian School of Business
Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan is visiting Professor of Marketing at the Indian School of Business and Professor of Marketing at the McCombs school of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in exploring the impact that people’s judgments and decisions have on their happiness. Professor Raghunathan’s work has been cited in several mass media outlets, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Austin American Statesman, The Houston Chronicle, and Self Magazine. Professor Raghunathan is an award-winning teacher who has taught in several international programs, including students from India, Thailand, Finland, China, and the U.S.

Professor Raghunathan writes about his views on Happiness, Creativity, and Leadership on his popular Psychology Today blog (with over 500,000 pages views at last count),
Sapient Nature. He is currently working on a book (tentatively titled, “If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?”) that will be released in 2015.


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