The Science of Well-Being

In this highly acclaimed course by Yale University professor Laurie Santos, you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Prof. Laurie 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. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

COVID-19: Psychological Impact, Wellbeing and Mental Health 

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Credit: Sarah Kilian on Unsplash

The coronavirus pandemic is placing unprecedented mental strain on people around the world. In this MOOC by the UK-based mental health nonprofit Maudsley Learning, you’ll identify the factors specific to COVID-19 that impact our wellbeing and mental health at various levels. You’ll learn helpful strategies and advice on how to deal with the anxiety and uncertainty of COVID-19, cope with its challenges, and ultimately prepare for life after coronavirus. 

To further support you in this time of uncertainty, this course by the University of Pennsylvania will teach you how to incorporate resilience skills and techniques into your personal and professional life, drawing from the foundational research in resilience, including protective factors such as mental agility and optimism. 

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Identify the Patterns Undermining Your Confidence 

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Credit: Dose Media on Unsplash

A review article published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science estimates that 70% of people experience signs or symptoms of imposter syndrome – an internalized belief that you’ve only succeeded due to luck, and not because of your talent or qualifications, according to one definition – at some point in their lives. In this course by the University of Southern Queensland, you will learn to identify and address negative thought and behavior patterns that undermine your confidence, and set about developing your own leadership style and behaviors. 

And if you want to delve deeper into the science of success, take a look at this course by the University of Michigan, which draws on decades of scientific research to explain what the most successful people do differently than others, why IQ is not the most significant predictor of success, and why many common beliefs hold people back from achieving their goals.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance 

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Credit: Simon Migaj on Unsplash

Mindfulness is widely viewed as a useful tool for combating stress and improving your wellbeing. If you want to try it out for yourself, this course by Monash University will teach you how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your life in order to reduce stress and improve your personal and professional life. And this course by Rice University educator Dr. Elizabeth Slator provides a broad overview of the fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of mindfulness to help you enhance your attention, resilience, and emotion management. 

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