This course discusses research findings in the field of positive psychology, conducted by Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues. It also features practical applications of this science that you can put to use immediately to help you live a full and meaningful life.
These are exciting times. The science of positive psychology now clearly offers evidence-based approaches to help people live full and meaningful lives. We can now confidently steer ourselves and our communities towards health and flourishing.
This course not only showcases the visionary scientific work of Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues in the field of positive psychology, it also features practical applications of this science that you can put to use immediately.
Together we will “lift the hood” of positive psychology to discover the tiny engines that drive it: Positive emotions. Often subtle and always fleeting, positive emotions are remarkably consequential – psychologically, socially, and physically. Topics of study include creativity and resilience, love and connection, flourishing and physical health.
By taking this course, you will become conversant in leading-edge theory and evidence straight from the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (PEP Lab), including work that measures the benefits of positive emotions for your heart and your immune system. You will also gain experience using lab-tested tools and practices geared toward helping you discover all that life can be.
Register now to learn how positive emotions drive a positive psychology that can boost your and others’ energy, connections, and health, even during trying times.
Week 1: Positive Emotions: The Tiny Engines of Positive Psychology. Look “under the hood” to discover the powerful drivers of growth, well-being, and health.
Week 2: The Mindscapes and Outcomes of Positivity. Discover the roots of flexibility, creativity, and resilience.
Week 3: The Delicate Art of Pursuing Happiness. Discover the ratios and priorities that best promote flourishing and learn common pitfalls to avoid.
Week 4: Positivity Resonance and Loving-Kindness. Unveil the force of co-experienced positive emotions and practice this lab-tested meditation honed over millennia.
Week 5: The Fruits of Positivity Resonance. Learn to spot the health benefits that loving-kindness uniquely nourishes.
Week 6: The Ripples of Positivity Resonance. Far beyond you and your happiness, positive psychology radiates out to benefit your relationships and community.
No background in science or psychology is needed. All are welcome!
You can strengthen your grasp of the course material by supplementing the videos and readings freely available within Coursera with suggested readings from two books that Barbara Fredrickson has written for a general readership. Each is available in paperback.
Fredrickson, Barbara L. (2009) Positivity. New York: Three Rivers Press.
Fredrickson, Barbara L. (2013). Love 2.0. New York: Plume.
The class will consist of short lecture videos, each about 10-15 minutes long plus weekly readings. There will be a five question multiple choice quiz each week. Weekly experiential exercises are designed to deepen understanding of core ideas and will serve as springboards for Discussion Forum exchanges.
What can I earn for completing this course?
You can earn a Verified Certificate by verifying your work with a risk-free, no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate.
If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course. While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment.