Two years into the pandemic, Yale's 'happiness' course is more popular than ever

1/23/2022 5:46:00 PM

So far, more than 3.7 million people have enrolled in the class, which is available for free online through Coursera.

So far, more than 3.7 million people have enrolled in the class, which is available for free online through Coursera.

So far, more than 3.7 million people have enrolled in the class, which is available for free online through Coursera.

(CNN) --When Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos witnessed the severity of the depression, anxiety and stress her students were facing, she decided to do something about it.Her"happiness" course -- which she began teaching live in 2018 -- became Yale's most popular class in over 300 years, according to the university. But when the coronavirus pandemic struck, claiming millions of lives around the world and shutting down life as we know it, her class became more important than ever.

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Her"happiness" course -- which she began teaching live in 2018 -- became Yale's most popular class in over 300 years, according to the university. But when the coronavirus pandemic struck, claiming millions of lives around the world and shutting down life as we know it, her class became more important than ever. Individuals readily show their concern for those afflicted and compassion and care for each other. "People were getting great evidence-based advice about how to protect their physical health -- mask up, socially distance, get a vaccine -- but people were struggling with what to do to protect their mental health," Santos told CNN. The shots greatly reduce the odds of severe illness, and vaccinated mothers may pass protection to their babies, but vaccine hesitancy pushed online leaves both parents and children vulnerable. In April 2019, Santos had 22,522 new enrollments. We become good soldiers, too. But in April 2020, as the pandemic started to take off, the class saw 860,494 new enrollments -- and it only continued to skyrocket. "Once a year — it is easier to convince people to do it.

So far, more than 3. There is also no amount of procrastinations could bolster one’s defiance to vaccines as mobility rules have been tightened. Parents need to understand that the vaccines are “the most important tool for protection,” especially to avoid multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, a rare and dangerous complication that can follow a mild Covid-19 infection.7 million people have enrolled in the class, which is available for free online through Coursera and is also being taught in person for the second time this semester. The course went online for free about two years ago under the name"The Science of Well Being," according to the Yale Daily News. The irony of it all is we still remain unprotected as the virus continues in a faster merry go round pace of infections. Anyone can audit the course for free, and $49 lets you complete assignments, submit them for a grade and earn a certificate of completion. – Protection from the womb – The first week of January 2022 saw Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston report 12 babies in intensive care with Covid-19. Santos' class focuses on understanding and letting go of all the superficial notions of happiness, such as the idea that a better job, fancier house, or a new relationship is the next step closer to happiness. We have become more patient, working long hours, going the extra mile. Citing three studies, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that a third dose of an mRNA vaccine is key to fighting Omicron, providing 90% protection against hospitalization.

"All of us want to be happier," Santos said."The problem is that we have a lot of misconceptions about what really will make us happy. Businesses have to close shops putting personnel on rotational work schedules and resulting in the loss of jobs to many Filipinos. Gray is among those who are monitoring the situation. We think we need to change our circumstances in major ways, but often simply behavioral and mindset changes can make a big difference in our sense of well-being." Some of the professor's"happiness" assignments include deleting social media accounts, daily meditation, keeping a gratitude journal, and investing time in loved ones.6 percent in April 2020, a month after the government imposed a hard lockdown in the country. Students also receive a series of homework"rewirements," or practices aimed at helping students develop better habits, according to Santos.” Health agencies across the globe say the same, but the initial lack of data continues to be exploited in vaccine-opposed messaging on social media.

These include making more time for exercise and sleep, engaging in more social connection and random acts of kindness, taking time to savor and experience more gratitude, and mindfulness. With lesser jobs in the cities, the government has encouraged people to go back to the provinces and many have decided to return to their hometowns where the impact of the pandemic is less severe. "I've personally become a lot happier as a result of teaching the class," Santos said."It's given me a lot more meaning and purpose, but it also means I need to practice what I preach and make sure I'm putting in the time to focus on my own well-being. In this time of crisis, I have learned that our needs can be broken down to the very basic.2 million US births showed “no evidence the rate of stillbirths is higher overall during the pandemic." An intervention study written by Santos and four other researchers analyzing the impact of her class concluded taking the class allows people to show a significant improvement on a standard happiness scale, exhibiting about a one-point increase on the 10-point scale. "The present study demonstrated that well-being can be enhanced by taking a large-scale, free, online course," the study read. That is why going back to the provinces is one thing that preoccupied the minds of most displaced “probinsyanos” in Manila because one cannot go hungry in a place where there is land to till and waters to fish.

"These results suggest that individuals who are exposed to academic content on the science of well-being and who engage in evidence-based practices can indeed increase their subjective well-being. – ‘Unvaccinated milk’ – Breastfeeding has also been the target of misinformation, with posts claiming that babies suffered rashes or even death upon nursing from a vaccinated mother." The study also showed how free, online classes can"impact mental health at large scales, and thus could become an important tool for public health initiatives aimed at improving population-wide mental health outcomes. This also comes to mind how our government policies have been shaped to make us reliant or not." This story was first published on CNN.com, . It came to me as a shock that most of our basic food products are imported. In one of the largest such groups, Bethany Bristow said she was concerned by requests for “unvaccinated milk.