Online course: Positive Psychology

Dates: any time

Duration: 11 hours

Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 out of 4047 ratings (see total ranking of online courses here)

Participating countries: any country

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Organizer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at Coursera

Cost: FREE or $49 with sharable certificate

Positive Psychology

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.




WEEK 1: 2 hours to complete

Positive Emotions: The Tiny Engines of Positive Psychology

Look “under the hood” to discover the powerful drivers of growth, well-being, and health.

Upward Spirals
Ten Positive Emotions
The Broaden-and-Build Theory

WEEK 2: 2 hours to complete

The Mindscapes and Outcomes of Positivity

Discover the roots of flexibility, creativity, and resilience.

Broadened Awareness
Built Resources
Positivity & Entrepreneurship: An interview with Dr. Debby Stroman

WEEK 3: 2 hours to complete

The Delicate Art of Pursuing Happiness

Discover the ratios and priorities that best promote flourishing and learn common pitfalls to avoid.

Positivity Ratios
Prioritizing Positivity
Positivity and Policy: An interview with Darren Coppin

WEEK 4: 2 hours to complete

Positivity Resonance and Loving-Kindness

Unveil the force of co-experienced positive emotions and practice this lab-tested meditation honed over millennia.

What is Love?
Positivity Resonance
Loving-Kindness Introduced
Loving-Kindness Practiced
Investigating Positivity Resonance: An Interview with Brett Major
Loving-Kindness Meditation

WEEK 5: 2 hours to complete

The Fruits of Positivity Resonance

Learn to spot the health benefits that loving-kindness uniquely nourishes.

Cardiovascular Benefits
Immune Benefits
Savoring Connections
Positivity & Wellness: An interview with Kelly Stack

WEEK 6: 2 hours to complete

The Ripples of Positivity Resonance

Far beyond you and your happiness, positive psychology radiates out to benefit your relationships and community.

A New Emotion Born
Positivity & Schools: An interview with Patrick Akos