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The Science of Well-Being for Teens

Published: January 16, 2023


A recent survey found that 37% of teens say they have poor mental health. This 6-week course aims to curb this mental health crisis by bringing together the best insights from Dr. Laurie Santos’ popular Yale course Psychology and the Good Life. In this course, you will explore what the field of psychology teaches us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to thrive in high school and beyond. The lessons along with short weekly ‘happiness homework’ assignments will ultimately prepare you to put these scientific findings into practice. The ultimate goal is for you to feel better and build healthier habits. Parents, teachers, and other professionals supporting teenagers may also find the course beneficial.

Course Takeaways

  • Understand what psychological science has to say about living the good life
  • Practice evidence-based behaviors proven to boost mood
On-Demand, Rolling


Self-Paced, Asynchronous

6 Weeks
Course is free with option to buy $49 completion certificate
Coursera Certificate

Meet the Instructors

faculty profile image Laurie Santos is a Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman Residential College at Yale University. 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 A.B. in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in 2003. Full biography