The Most Important College Course Ever: Happiness 101

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Last night I was making dinner and half listening to the NBC Nightly News. I rushed around the kitchen, browning the chicken, dicing the red rose potatoes, and making a salad, when I heard a story that literally stopped me in my tracks.

The reporter was talking about the increasing mental health problems on college campuses. More than ever before, students are anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed.

There’s a course at Yale that teaches kids how to be happy. Ingenious.

Psychology professor Laurie Santos developed the class. She teaches students how to live a more satisfying life.

“Psychology and the Good Life” is the most popular course in Yale’s 316-year history. Nearly one-fourth of Yale undergraduates students are enrolled.

That statistic speaks volumes.

Millennials, also known as “the anxious generation,” desperately want to know how to be happier, less stressed, and more fulfilled.

“Psychology and the Good Life” focuses on:

  1. Positive Psychology — the characteristics that allow humans to flourish
  2. Behavioral Change — how to live by those lessons in real life

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It’s not an easy A. There are quizzes, a midterm, and a final self-improvement project.

Each night, students have Happiness Homework, that looks something like this:

  • Meditate for 10 minutes
  • Get 8 hours of sleep
  • Do something kind
  • Write 5 things you’re grateful for
  • Decrease social media time

Dr. Santos said, “With one in four students at Yale taking it, if we see good habits, things like students showing more gratitude, procrastinating less, increasing social connections, weโ€™re actually seeding change in the schoolโ€™s culture.”

What an awesome lesson. Maybe it should be a course requirement at all college campuses.

I’m sure I could learn something from it. Maybe I’ll start to assign my own Happiness Homework.

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26 thoughts on “The Most Important College Course Ever: Happiness 101

  1. LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish mindfulness/gratitude/meditation was *required* on every campus. XO

    On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 9:52 AM, Peace from Panic wrote:

    > jennymarie4 posted: ” Last night I was making dinner and half listening to > the NBC Nightly News. I rushed around the kitchen, browning the chicken, > dicing the red rose potatoes, and making a salad, when I heard a story that > literally stopped me in my tracks. The reporter wa” >

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  2. That’s a wonderful idea for a course. I wish I’d had it when I was a college student. The 8 hours of sleep alone would’ve helped my mental stability, though it may have been difficult in the dorms. I’m borrowing some of the ideas for my own use now. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also passing it along to my teen daughter.

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    • Thanks for your nice comment! Iโ€™m with you, I wish Iโ€™d had such a class in college. My two daughters recently graduated, and I wish theyโ€™d taken a class like that! College can be so stressful. But itโ€™s never too late to put those ideas into practice!๐Ÿ˜Š Thanks again

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