How To Be Happy In 2021 According To A Yale Psychology Professor

How To Be Happy In 2021 According To A Yale Psychology Professor

via Forbes by Jack Kelly

We could all use a huge dose of happiness right about now. It’s been nearly a year of enduring a raging pandemic, polarising politics, civil unrest, massive unemployment and fear about the future. The holiday season and the start of a New Year is the perfect time to try and find some happiness in your life. 

Yale psychology professor, Laurie Santos, lived in the same residence hall with her students. She learned that the young adults, while blessed to be at such a prestigious university, suffered from anxiety, stress, bouts of depression and didn’t feel good about themselves. 

In an effort to help and make a difference, Santos created a course at Yale called “Psychology and the Good Life.”  The plan was to offer students “insights from psychology and neuroscience about what drives happiness,” and to provide “behavior change exercises to help rewire the brain,” to help achieve happiness. The course was a phenomenal hit and became the most popular class in Yale’s 300-year long history. It was opened up to the public and enrollment skyrocketed to 1.1 million students as of March. 

Here are some of the takeaways I’ve learned from Professor Santos’ suggestions for leading a happier work-life.

Socially engage with people 

Humans are social creatures. We’re meant to interact with others. One of the issues people complained about during the lockdowns was that they were unable to engage in face-to-face interactions, which led to feelings of isolation…

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