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How to help your kids be happy

Updated: Jan 18

The path to becoming a personal finance expert should lead to happiness, and it’s a means to an end. This past year I partnered up with my intern Emily Brandt, who is in her third year, but a senior who majors in neuroscience at The Ohio State University. We both completed the Yale Course: The Science of Wellbeing, and Emily used the course to drive the writing in some of our articles.

The course author just released The Science of Well-Being for Teens. This course has the potential to help kids better understand behaviors that lead to happiness or lead away from it.

From the course syllabus:

“A recent survey found that 37% of teens say they have poor mental health. This 6-week course aims to curb this mental health crisis by bringing together the best insights from Dr. Laurie Santos’ popular Yale course Psychology and the Good Life. In this course, you will explore what the field of psychology teaches us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to thrive in high school and beyond. The lessons along with short weekly ‘happiness homework’ assignments will ultimately prepare you to put these scientific findings into practice. The ultimate goal is for you to feel better and build healthier habits. Parents, teachers, and other professionals supporting teenagers may also find the course beneficial.

  • You will learn what psychological science has to say about living the good life

  • You will engage in evidence-based behaviors proven to boost mood”


Course: Self Help Homework Hacks

If Yale's online course on happiness is of interest, have a look at our Self Help Homework Hacks course for teens.

Self Help Homework Hacks is designed for students to use as a tool to learn science-based learning and studying strategies they can use for their classes. We empower students to help themselves with the academic challenges they face now and in the future.

This course is not for parents; it's for their children. We built this course to meet teens where they are, not the other way around. The information is presented in bite-sized entertaining chunks by national teaching experts and current college standouts.

Join our waiting list and be the first to know when the course is released.

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