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Be Happy

How to Bring More Joy to Your Life

Taught bySonja Lyubomirsky, PhD
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What’s it going to take to make you happy? Getting married? Getting that job? Maybe a big raise? Or retiring? All these things sound great, but it’s unlikely that any of them will actually make you happier – at least not for long.

In this course, created by Life Reimagined, you’ll learn about happiness - what it is and how we get it. Alongside Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychologist, professor, and author of the book The How of Happiness, you’ll be guided through scientifically tested exercises that have been shown to make people happier.

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Unit 1 : The Work of Happiness

This first set of lessons explore key concepts for the rest of the course - things like the role of genetics in our happiness, hedonic adaptation, and the key practices that science has been shown, if practiced, can substantively make people happier.

Lesson 1 Are You Happy?
Lesson 2 I'll Be Happy When ...
Lesson 3 Is it Really Possible to Become Happier?
Unit 2: Look on the Bright Side

These lessons explore three happiness practices designed to cultivate your sense of gratitude, optimism, as well as your ability to forgive.

Lesson 4 An Attitude of Gratitude
Lesson 5 The Future Looks Bright
Lesson 6 Learning to Forgive
Unit 3 : Embracing the Present

In these lessons, we look at the practices of kindness and savoring, with some really fun exercises to help you get into both. We also look at strategies for sustaining your happiness practice for the long run.

Lesson 7 Be Nice
Lesson 8 Living in the Moment
Lesson 9 Sustaining Happiness

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Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D. studies happiness – what it is and how to get it. She’s a psychologist, professor, and author of the books The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness.

She is widely considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the science of happiness. Her research is focused on answering three critical questions:

  1. What makes people happy?
  2. Is happiness a good thing?
  3. How and why can people learn to lead happier and more flourishing lives.

Her research has uncovered some profound lessons to help anyone, regardless of how happy or unhappy they are at this moment, practice activities that the science shows can actually make a difference.

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