A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment | Coursera


I have completed several college courses on Coursera, for free. First was brother-in-law Steve Marshak’s geology class. He’s a gifted teacher and you can learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, fracking, and how the earth moves.

My favorite discovery was A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment.  The professor is lively and backs up his systematic survey of effective approaches and to increasing your happiness with solid research and interviews with known scholars, prepared with a light heart and good humor. I confess I skipped the exercises but I put the lessons to use almost every day.

You can find it at the website. I can’t guarantee these links work.
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://www.coursera.org/c https ourses?query=Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness No. 4: Decision-Making 101

Pursuit of Happiness:
Decision-Making 101

Michael Gollin
March 2015

Good decision-making contributes to happiness.

Here’s how to make good decisions and avoid paralysis and delay while collecting too much information (indecision) or deciding with too little information (impetuousness). Follow these steps.

1. Based on what you know, what would you decide?
2. Is there any information available that would change your tentative decision?
3. If no, decide and act. If yes, get that information, consider it, and repeat the process.

You will find it easier to make a tentative decision in step 1 with practice and growing confidence in steps 2 and 3.

If you still can’t get past step 1, flip a coin and see how you feel about the random decision. You are free to change your mind until you finish step 3 and act to make a commitment.

It becomes natural after a while. I try to follow this approach with career and job decisions, purchases, financial decisions, travel, health decisions, parenting, you name it.

Happy decision-making!