Online Course Presenting the Science Behind Well-Being
To help young people combat the growing mental health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale University is offering a variation of its most popular “happiness” course to more than 500 low-income high school students around the nation at no cost. Developed in partnership with University of Connecticut and the National Education Equity Lab, the free online course—called “The Science of Well-Being”—presents scientifically validated strategies for living a more satisfying life and examines what psychological science shows about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to flourish more. The first half of the course offers insights from psychology and neuroscience about what drives happiness. The second half of the course involves behavioral change exercises designed to help rewire the brain. In addition to receiving access to the full course, students are supported by both a local teacher at their high school and a Yale Teaching Fellow. Students from Title I and other low-income schools taking the full course may be eligible to receive free college credits upon completion.
have been working 24/7 since this pandemic began in my role as superintendent,
just like all of my educator friends across the state and country have as well.
I have searched every resource, looked at every model, and tried to emulate the
best of the best. But I forgot one major resource: my students.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has developed a social–emotional learning program called RULER, which teaches students to do daily check-ins, identifying the energy level and pleasantness of their emotions on a color-coded “mood meter.”