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There are hundreds of thousands of self-help books out there – how can you possibly tell which one is the best to read? There are so many good theories and techniques; it doesn't seem possible to read everything!

If you've ever wanted a thorough review of some of the best strategies for living a happy life, then this course is for you. Using a variety of information sources, Strategies for How to be Happy will teach you methods for eradicating self-doubt, increasing self-worth, finding your passion, tapping into your creativity, and maximizing your emotional energy. The course will also provide you with tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as well as strategies for practicing good "self-talk" and eliminating toxic individuals and relationships from your life. You'll learn tools for increasing positive influence, such as basic body language cues, effective speaking, and utilizing vocal inflections and word choices to maximize your influence. These tools can also be used to identify and avoid toxic or "dramatic" people who wish to invade your life and sap your energy – even if the "drama queen" is you!

Also discussed are strategies for pushing past fear, getting out of your comfort zone, and celebrating your accomplishments. The importance of supportive human connections is explored as well, as is the concept of living with an attitude of gratitude and finding meaning in serving others.

This comprehensive course provides solid suggestions and references for true life improvement. Not just a list of empty mantras, this course is a wonderful resource for useable life concepts anyone can learn.

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Lesson 1: Loving Yourself

Let's begin with an exploration of what many consider one of the most basic tenets of a happy life:self-esteem. 13 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: 10 Ways Social Media Affects Our Mental Health; Why Self-Care is Important for Your Physical and Mental Health; The Science of Developing Mental Toughness in Your Health, Work, and Life
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Appreciate Your Life

To appreciate something is to understand or admire its true value or importance. Although the definition of appreciation does not involve any emotional attachment, many things we appreciate do indeed have emotional ties. 12 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: Our Hierarchy of Needs; How to Appreciate What You Have and Stop Comparing Yourself to Others; 11 Ways To Appreciate Your Life A Little More; When You?re Hurting and Healing: Give Yourself a Break
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Finding Your Passion

Like purpose, passion is not a static thing, nor should it be. Passions change with time, circumstance, maturity level, and life situation. 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 4 Practical Ways To Find Your Life's Passion And A Career You Love; How to Make a Vision Board
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Practicing Your Creativity

Creativity is a thought, an action, a process, and an attitude. With such a wide range of possibilities, you're probably already being creative on a daily basis and don't even realize it! 13 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Developing Your Creative Practice; Tiny Wisdom: Why We Sometimes Don?t Accept Praise; How to Take a Compliment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: A Healthy Lifestyle From the Inside Out

Being mentally healthy has a physical component, as well. After all, your central nervous system is the core physical operating system of the body, and your brain is the center of the CNS. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 100 Easy Ways to Be Healthy Inside and Out; 10 Workout Secrets From the Pros
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: The Power of Resilience

Psychological resilience is the ability to adapt and overcome difficulties. 12 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Bend, Not Break: 9 Powerful Traits of Resilient People; The Difference Between Loneliness And Being Alone; The Road to Resilience
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Just as we want to feel safe and comfortable in our living environments, we want to feel safe socially, as well. This includes not only relationships, but activities and situations, too. 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 6 Reasons To Step Outside Your Comfort Zone; 21 ways to learn from failures
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: More Time and Capacity in Your Life to Increase Productivity

Everyone is stressed; no one has time for "one more thing," even if it's something "important." How can anyone be expected to do everything that's on their list in the first place, let alone add to that list? 13 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: 50 Ways To Increase Your Productivity; How Successful People Stay Productive and In Control; Personal Strategic Planning Tips To Increase Productivity And Start Getting Things Done
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Practicing Gratitude, Giving, and Celebrating Your Successes and Achievements

Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation for something or someone, and living with an attitude of gratitude is a realistic appreciation of life. 14 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Be a Good Winner; 6 Reasons Why We Want to Achieve Success
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Human Connections, Selective Relationships and a Supportive Network

With few exceptions, human beings need contact with other human beings. 12 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Stress management: How to strengthen your social support network; How to identify and release toxic relationships; What are some strategies to be more protective of your time?
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: The Art of Influence, Persuasion, and Negotiation

The art of face-to-face interpersonal communication is important to understand, and knowing in-person interaction skills is incredibly valuable. 13 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Saying Goodbye to Stress and Anxiety, and Hello to a Happy Life

In this course, we've explored many concepts, including how to love yourself, appreciate life, live with gratitude, find your passion, and practice good self-care. For our final lesson, we'll revisit these concepts. 77 Total Points
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  • Complete: Exam 12
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Pursuing Happiness: Successful Strategies
Course Number: 9770418
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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  • "It is great course. For me, all course material was really helpful." -- Zoya M.
  • "Excellent instructor. Learning about how to triage a to do list was extremely helpful, but the most important message that the instructor conveyed to us was that with the proper tools, that he provided in this course, and with intention and motivation, we can change our lives and our relationships, and we can have a more meaningful and happier life. He delivered this most powerful message repeatedly and in different ways, in case one way didn't resonate with you the next way would. It was a great course." -- Alice F.
  • "Thanks, I learned a bunch. I am really trying to implement these tools and I have already seen a difference." -- Donna K.
  • "This course put me in a more positive frame of mind. I recommend it to people who are trying to develop a more positive outlook on life. The lessons were easy to follow, and they gave me advice which I could follow." -- Angela G.

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