A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

开始时间: 04/22/2022 持续时间: 6 weeks

所在平台: CourseraArchive

课程类别: 人文

大学或机构: Indian School of Business

授课老师: Rajagopal Raghunathan

课程主页: https://www.coursera.org/course/happiness


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As several scholars have documented, the desire to lead a happy and fulfilling life is a universal one – and one that even our ancestors had. However, while the topic of happiness has traditionally attracted the attention of philosophers and religious leaders, it has, more recently, started attracting the attention of social scientists. These scientists’ findings reveal that there are two major – and inter-related – reasons why people aren’t as happy as they could be.  

First, people have erroneous theories about the determinants of happiness. Most people, for example, expect an increase in material possessions (e.g., wealth) to have a bigger impact on happiness than it actually does. Likewise, most people do not expect pro-social behavior (e.g., generosity) to enhance happiness-levels as much as it actually does. Second, even when people’s lay-theories about what will make them happy are accurate, they often can’t bring themselves to make happiness-maximizing decisions. There are several reasons for this, including the desire to pursue more quantifiable goals at the expense of less quantifiable, but more happiness-enhancing, goals.

In this course, we’ll explore empirical findings and theories that: a) document support for both reasons why people aren’t as happy as they could be, b) reveal why people exhibit these happiness-eroding tendencies, and c) what people can do to overcome these tendencies to enhance their happiness levels.



People have been searching for the secret to happiness for many centuries. The exciting news is that the scientific community has recently started exploring this topic, and we now have a good idea of what it takes to lead a happy and fulfilling life. Through this course, you discover what makes us happy and the common mistakes that we commit in the pursuit of happiness.