The course claims to be "The first MOOC to teach positive psychology. Learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life."
During the course, I admit that I sometimes got bored with the many studies they quoted to prove a point and be scientifically convincing. It was only because by that point I had developed trust in what they were claiming and I didn't need further convincing and have proof for every single point.
I had heard about mindfulness, about the benefits of meditation, but I was never convinced enough to actually sit down myself and give it a proper try. Well, after this course I did and I haven't stopped since.
Also seeing scientific proof of the deep need for social connections had a big effect on me. I tend to be an introvert and have the vague idea that I need to surround myself with just a handful of the "right" people to be happy. This view shifted drastically. By focusing on empathy, compassion and also the will to improve relationships rather than avoiding unpleasant conversations. I still try to avoid conflict, but only to a certain degree because I have learned to appreciate it's potential for growth. It also allows for a deeper connection instead of trying to keep up the status quo. Change - after all - is inevitable.
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