Yale University is looking out for the mental health of young people during the pandemic. They’re now offering a version of their most popular online course to over 500 low-income high school students across the country for free.
The course, “The Science of Well Being” was created by Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos in 2018 after she saw her students experiencing more anxiety and depression. The first half of the course focuses on the psychology and neuroscience of what drives happiness, while the second half is about behavior change exercises designed to help rewire the brain.
Last March, Yale started offering the course to the public for free on and more than 3-million people have enrolled so far. Now the class is heading to more than 40 high schools in 17 cities. Santos says, “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.”
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