Good insights into purpose, meaning and happiness. While all of this is commonsense, it’s good to see this strikes a chord with students, providing guideposts for their lives beyond academia. My hope is this is something that will be so ubiquitous we’ll see it as standard fare at community colleges (rather than just Yale, and Harvard, which also has a wildly popular course on this theme), if not at the high school, middle and elementary school levels.
Research is clear: Developing the ability to express gratitude is one of the most substantial ways to increase your happiness. Gratitude helps you connect to something larger than yourself, enhances relationships, motivates the recipients, and improves overall well-being.
An incredible one in four students at Yale–1,200 students–take Laurie Santos’s Psych 157, “Psychology and the Good Life.” It’s the single largest class in Yale’s history, a class that requires a whopping 24 teaching fellows to administer, that had to move to a symphony hall to accommodate the class size, and that tanks registration for any course in its time slot. (As a result, the class won’t be taught again, instead moving to an online video course format.) […]
(An update since the original post: Here’s another article that appeared in the Boston Globe, this time focusing on the course and the professor who teaches it).