Hit the Books and Get Happy
For 1,200 Yale students, happiness is just a term paper away. For everyone else, there’s the Psychology and the Good Life crib sheet. Professor Laurie Santos saw that students at the elite university were highly achieving but appeared desolate, prompting the course PSYC 157, which focuses on the hows and whys of happiness. Now anyone can take the course online through Coursera.com and learn why aphorisms like “money can’t buy happiness” aren’t necessarily right or wrong, and how to strive for the upper percentiles on the 5-point scale of contentment.