When I finally craft the perfect body, I'll be happy.
If only I could find true love, then I will be happy.
I'll get a better job that pays me more money and then I'll be happy.
Once I have that big house, I'll be happy.
These are just a few of the misconceptions that so many of us carry through life as goals to aspire to, believing that long-lasting happiness awaits us once we attain them. Professor Laurie Santos from Yale University has some bad news for us. These goals do not make us as happy as we think they will. In fact, pursuing these goals might even make us feel worse.
The good news is that Laurie can teach us about several other practices, or "rewirements", including gratitude, meditation, savouring and sleep, which have been scientifically proven to improve well-being. I have just completed her 10-week programme, The Science of Well-being, which is available on @coursera for free. This is a simple to digest, highly flexible course with the potential to connect you back to habits that promote your day to day health and happiness.
To read more of my reflections on the programme, visit the link in bio for the full blog post.