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Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science (Coursera)

Dr. Martin EP Seligman, renowned worldwide as the “father of Positive Psychology,” has led visionary leaps in scientific research as well as our empirical and personal understandings of what it means to flourish as humans. This course explores the past, present, and future of Positive Psychology as a journey through the key scientific leaps led by Dr. Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania.

Course 1 of 5 in the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization.

Syllabus

WEEK 1

Positive Psychology Introduction by Dr. Martin Seligman

In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman introduces the scientific foundations of positive psychology and key research findings that led to a revolutionary understanding of what makes people flourish. Participants will learn about research-based skills and exercises to increase well-being and begin to practice these skills in their own lives.

Graded: In Your Life: Strengths and Well-being

Graded: Try This At Home: What Went Well

Graded: Module 1

WEEK 2

The Skills of Well-being Can Be Learned, Taught, and Transformative

In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman shares the great leaps in scientific understanding that created the foundation for a science of well-being at individual, communal, and global levels.

Graded: Try This At Home: ACR

Graded: Module 2

WEEK 3

Being Whole: Mind/Body Flourishing Throughout Life

In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman shares key research questions from the field of Positive Psychology, and the answers turn some conventional assumptions on their head. Are we shaped by the future vs. the past? And what does science tell us about mind/body flourishing? What gets better as we age?

Graded: Know and Grow Your Strengths

Graded: Module 3 Quiz

WEEK 4

Future Directions in Positive Psychology

In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman discusses some of the most inspiring recent and future developments in the field of Positive Psychology, in particular those that transcend individual experience and have the potential to transform our world.

Graded: Try This At Home: Fun vs. Philanthropy

Graded: Module 4

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