Positive Psychology

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About this course: This course discusses research findings in the field of positive psychology, conducted by Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues. It also features practical applications of this science that you can put to use immediately to help you live a full and meaningful life.

Created by:  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Taught by:  Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Director of the Social Psychology Doctoral Program and the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory, President-Elect, International Positive Psychology Association

    Kenan-Flagler School of Business
Commitment 2-4 hours/week Lan…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

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  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: This course discusses research findings in the field of positive psychology, conducted by Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues. It also features practical applications of this science that you can put to use immediately to help you live a full and meaningful life.

Created by:  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Taught by:  Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Director of the Social Psychology Doctoral Program and the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory, President-Elect, International Positive Psychology Association

    Kenan-Flagler School of Business
Commitment 2-4 hours/week Language English, Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified) How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.6 stars Average User Rating 4.6See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Positive Emotions: The Tiny Engines of Positive Psychology
Look “under the hood” to discover the powerful drivers of growth, well-being, and health.


4 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Emotions
  2. Video: Upward Spirals
  3. Video: Ten Positive Emotions
  4. Video: The Broaden-and-Build Theory
  5. Reading: Fredrickson (2003) American Scientist
  6. Reading: (Optional) Experiential Activity: Build a Positivity Portfolio
  7. Reading: (Optional) Scholarly References and Additional Resources

Graded: Week 1 Quiz

WEEK 2


The Mindscapes and Outcomes of Positivity
Discover the roots of flexibility, creativity, and resilience.


4 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Broadened Awareness
  2. Video: Built Resources
  3. Video: Resilience
  4. Video: Positivity & Entrepreneurship: An interview with Dr. Debby Stroman
  5. Reading: The Science of Happiness
  6. Reading: (Optional) Experiential Activity: Use Your Positivity Portfolio to Reverse a Downward Spiral
  7. Reading: (Optional) Scholarly References and Additional Resources

Graded: Week 2 Quiz

WEEK 3


The Delicate Art of Pursuing Happiness
Discover the ratios and priorities that best promote flourishing and learn common pitfalls to avoid.


3 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Positivity Ratios
  2. Video: Prioritizing Positivity
  3. Video: Positivity and Policy: An interview with Darren Coppin
  4. Reading: Positivity Self Test
  5. Reading: (Optional) Experiential Activity: Take the Positivity Self-Test Challenge
  6. Reading: (Optional) Scholarly References and Additional Resources

Graded: Week 3 Quiz

WEEK 4


Positivity Resonance and Loving-Kindness
Unveil the force of co-experienced positive emotions and practice this lab-tested meditation honed over millennia.


6 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: What is Love?
  2. Video: Positivity Resonance
  3. Video: Loving-Kindness Introduced
  4. Video: Loving-Kindness Practiced
  5. Video: Investigating Positivity Resonance: An Interview with Brett Major
  6. Video: Loving-Kindness Meditation
  7. Reading: The One You're With
  8. Reading: (Optional) Experiential Activity: Practice Loving-Kindness Meditation
  9. Reading: (Optional) Scholarly References and Additional Resources

Graded: Week 4 Quiz

WEEK 5


The Fruits of Positivity Resonance
Learn to spot the health benefits that loving-kindness uniquely nourishes.


4 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Cardiovascular Benefits
  2. Video: Immune Benefits
  3. Video: Savoring Connections
  4. Video: Positivity & Wellness: An interview with Kelly Stack
  5. Reading: Dr. Fredrickson’s Op Ed in the New York Times (2013)
  6. Reading: (Optional) Experiential Activity: Reflect on Social Connections
  7. Reading: (Optional) Scholarly References and Additional Resources

Graded: Week 5 Quiz

WEEK 6


The Ripples of Positivity Resonance
Far beyond you and your happiness, positive psychology radiates out to benefit your relationships and community.


3 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Gratitude
  2. Video: A New Emotion Born
  3. Video: Positivity & Schools: An interview with Patrick Akos
  4. Reading: Dr. Fredrickson's TEDx Talk on Remaking Love
  5. Reading: (Optional) Experiential Activity: Take the Make a Difference Challenge
  6. Reading: (Optional) Scholarly References and Additional Resources

Graded: Week 6 Quiz
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