In simply the previous month, greater than 600,000 folks in an more and more housebound world have signed up for Yale’s free on-line course “The Science of Well Being,” initially taught on campus within the spring of 2018 by Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos.
The most well-liked course within the greater than three-century historical past of Yale, “The Science of Nicely Being” highlights analysis that reveals misconceptions about what makes us blissful — and the concrete steps we are able to take to dwell a extra fulfilling life.
Previously week, information and social media rediscovered the course, and lots of really useful it as a method to reconnect with important classes of life as folks worldwide entered an anxiety-ridden time of seclusion.
The general public response was overwhelming.
Whole enrollment for the category from March 20 of 2018 to March 19, 2019 stood at 539,000, making it the most well-liked on-line course in Yale historical past. By the tip of the day on March 24, 2020 enrollment stood at 1,153,744, with 631,980 folks enrolling in March alone. As well as, 10.5 million folks have visited the location not too long ago.
Santos’ personal podcast, The Happiness Lab, additionally had a half-million downloads final week, and he or she recorded a podcast devoted to COVID-19.
“The curiosity within the class in simply the previous couple of days has been unimaginable and a bit surreal,” Santos stated. “I believe that simply as individuals are centered on evidenced-based methods for staying bodily wholesome throughout this COVID-19 disaster, so too individuals are in search of evidence-based methods of bettering their psychological well being.”