The Science of Well-Being
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A multi-week course aimed at building productive habits and increasing happiness.

Developed by leading behavioral scientist Laurie Santos, this globally recognized mental health program is one of the most popular courses at Yale University and the popular online course provider Coursera.  Over 4.5M people have enrolled in the The Science of Well-Being Coursera course!

Pattern Health offers an exclusive Science of Well-Being companion app to maximize the potential benefits of the Coursera course. The multi-week format, aimed at building productive habits and increasing happiness, is grounded in research, guided by behavioral science best practices, and incorporates validated assessments to measure changes in happiness.

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PHASE ONE: Learn About You

Users learn about themselves and gain insight about their well-being.

Validated assessment tools help users become more self-aware about their baseline happiness and the signature personality strengths that inform their worldview.

Results inform personalized activity prompts and other engagement throughout the course, as well as establishing a baseline.

PHASE TWO: Learn Skills to Increase Happiness

Videos and guided content, journaling exercises, and other activities teach happiness-boosting techniques.

Users learn how to increase well-being by focusing on a new happiness-building practice each week.

Weekly themes include: Savoring, Gratitude, Kindness, Social Connection, Exercise, Sleep, and Meditation.

Instructor-led videos, activity prompts, and reflection journals keep users engaged on a daily basis.

PHASE THREE: Build Happiness Habits

Users deepen their focus on one technique over four weeks to build a long lasting happiness habit.

After picking one of the modules to practice for four weeks, users establish a longer-term daily habit.

Users can choose to repeat this process through as many happiness habit cycles as desired.

Behavioral science-based interventions are baked into the user experience.

About the Author
Dr. Laurie Santos

Dr. Laurie Santos is Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. Dr. Santos is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices.

Her course, “Psychology and the Good Life,” teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. It recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, and has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate and O! Magazine.

A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, she was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”

Dr. Santos hosts the popular podcast, The Happiness Lab. Additionally, she is the director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory and the Canine Cognition Center at Yale. She received her BA. in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University in 1997, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in 2003.

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