statement released by Yale.
Santos, who lived among students as the head of Yale’s Silliman College, said the idea for the course came to her after she saw firsthand the growing levels of depression and anxiety her students were experiencing.
said in the release. “Our goal is to equip students with scientifically validated strategies for living a more satisfying life, while also creating opportunities for high-striving low-income students and students of color to demonstrate college-readiness.”
The course — which was developed in partnership with the University of Connecticut and the National Education Equity Lab with support from the Arthur M. Blank Foundation — will “present students with scientifically validated strategies for living a more satisfying life and examine what psychological science shows about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to flourish more,” according to the university.
The first half of the course offers students insights from psychology and neuroscience about what drives happiness. The second half of the course involves behavior change exercises designed to help rewire the brain.
Coursera. To date, more than 3 million people have enrolled in the course.
Now, Santos is bringing the program to the classrooms of more than 40 schools from 17 cities starting on February 2.
The online course being offered to high school students — which Yale did not release a name for — will be slightly modified from the original.
In addition to receiving access to the full course, students will also be supported by both a local teacher at their high school and a Yale Teaching Fellow.
according to Vida Health and CNN.
Santos’ website for more information.