Looking to find what’s important in life? Feel like too much stress is taking over your life right now? In this collection, you’ll find our best courses that help people live a better life in which they do more of what they really enjoy.
Courses in this collection:
When being responsible turns dysfunctional
Do you feel like you are always the project manager, the one who takes on more responsibility than others at home, at work and in your free time? Are you constantly frustrated that no one sees the work you put in to get things done and help out others? Are you often stressed and tired?
If so, your ability to take on responsibility may have become a problem – you suffer from what we in this course will call “responsibility syndrome”, or a dysfunctional and exaggerated sense of responsibility. Over the upcoming 15 lessons, we will have a closer look at why you so often become “the responsible one”. You will receive suggestions about how to break out of destructive behavioral patterns and some help and encouragement to dare to change.
This course is aimed at anyone who has had enough of their own tendency to be overly responsible and feels that they need to get better at letting go.
Welcome to freedom, and welcome to irresponsibility!
One important aspect of responsibility syndrome is that you may belong to a group that has been assigned more responsibility by your surroundings and existing social structures. Thus, talking about “responsibility syndrome” can be a bit misleading, since we then blame the individual. The question of how to deal with social structures that, for example, provide men and women with different opportunities in life is much too large for the scope of this course. If you still feel like you have some room to maneuver, this course will work anyway.
Discover What’s Important In Life
The psychology of finding meaning, creating space and accepting natural stress
Do you often feel stressed? Do you sometimes hear an inner voice that says you aren’t good enough? Have you read about, and perhaps even tried, a few different methods to reduce stress without seeing any change?
As you may have already understood, we think this is the course for you. But we know what we are talking about.
This course has been created by a trio including two licensed psychologists who do research on stress and work on a daily basis with people who suffer from stress and exhaustion. The third member of the trio is a science journalist who will soon be able to call himself a psychologist, too.
While there are a lot of tips and guides out there, this course is based on what actually works. You will learn that stress is a natural part of life and that we all need some help in accepting unavoidable stress. The course also contains practical tools to help you actually change what can be changed in order to live a more stress-free life.
In short, this course will teach you how to find what is important in life and which tools you should use in order to deal with stress. The course contains several practical exercises, so we recommend that you have a calendar or calendar app handy when you read the daily lessons.
Become incredibly strong
Learn how to stop being weak
No one wants to be weak if they can help it. Being strong is just so much more useful and it improves so many areas of your life. Yet most people chose to stay weak their entire lives. Such a shame!
This course will not only show you how to start your strength journey with a bang but will also teach you principles that you can use to keep growing for years to come.
It doesn't matter if you’re a man or a woman, scrawny or obese, young or old, seasoned veteran or complete beginner – the principles in this course can be used by anyone. Strength training for young athletes and senior citizens differ by degree, not kind.
No one has ever become strong by just reading about it and so following the lesson will be a daily “homework”, something for you to take action right away.
If you continue doing what you’ve always done you’ll remain with the same results you’ve always had. Take this opportunity and start building real strength now!
What Secure People Know
The guide to self-compassion and being friends with yourself
Do you know someone who always seems to land on their feet no matter what happens? Someone who seems calm and secure even when facing love problems, rejection or stressful times at work?
Perhaps this person enjoys a high-level of self-compassion.
Self-compassion is about treating yourself with kindness and understanding through small and big setbacks in life. Psychologically speaking, it’s about creating a safe space within, so that you can comfort yourself when faced with failure.
We are often better at comforting and supporting others than we are at taking care of ourselves. That's why the inner dialogue of a person with high ambitions can be quite critical, even when what we could really use is support and a pat on the back.
So, what does your own inner voice sound like when you’re dealing with hardships? Is it kind and encouraging, or is it more like a high school bully?
If you know that you are too hard on yourself, take this course and learn how to take better care of yourself while increasing your own resilience. You also will learn about why you might have a tendency to deal with setbacks by criticizing yourself (and how you can learn to comfort yourself instead).
Lastly, you will learn about the four behavioral systems that evolved in prehistoric times and still govern how we feel and behave.
Chances are you will become more aware of how you treat yourself starting from the very first lesson. After 15 days, we hope that you will have learned what you need to do in order to become a more secure person.
This course is designed for those who have always been a little too self-critical. Perhaps others view you as a positive and considerate person – just not when it comes to yourself.
Said about the course:
"I enjoyed Brené Browns talk on self-compassion but I find this course to be so much more applicable. I can honestly say that each lesson is an eye-opener and I must admit that some lessons made me shed a tear or two"
How to ACHIEVE everything!!!
Evidence based workouts for your willpower
Have you ever had a goal that seemed too big?? Have you ever wished to have a stronger will to achieve it? This course will give you evidence-based "work-outs" for your will, so you can achieve whatever you want to. A bulletproof will is one of the most basic and useful skills in life. A strong will is not a gift, is a skill that you can develop. Here you will learn how...
Two Weeks to Better Baby Sleep
Helping your baby (and you!) sleep again
Are you a tired parent and wonder why your baby doesn’t sleep for long stretches of time? Or are you rocking your baby to sleep only to have them wake right back up once you put them down? I bet you are tired, frustrated, and ready for a solution, right? Well, you’ve come to the right place to get started with sleeping through the night again.
Helping your baby sleep is a process and throughout this course you will learn the most important parts of baby sleep. During the next 15 days you will learn about emotional regulation, stress for a baby, awake windows, building the right bedtime routine, correct room environment, and so much more. There isn’t one magical solution to help your baby sleep but this course will take away your confusion and make the solutions much more clear. The even better part, besides getting more sleep of course, is that you’ll gain knowledge to help your baby throughout their whole childhood and give them an amazing gift of being able to have healthy sleep habits for life.
Sign up now to get started with more restful nights!
Here's to happy sleep!
What happens when passion and perseverance come together
More than a buzzword these days, the concept of grit shows what happens when passion followed by perseverance and purpose come together to motivate us in the relentless pursuit of one high-level goal.
In this course, we’ll present the latest research covering grit, as well as how we can grow grit through fostering a passion and practicing it with an eye towards achieving flow.
We’ll talk about why we tend to overvalue talent and undervalue hard work, and the reasons why we tend to give up when we’re pursuing a goal.
Most importantly, we’ll talk about why grit is not static, and how we can grow into grit, if we choose to do so.
Let’s get to it!
A happier relationship through psychology
Deal with fights, resolve conflicts and understand common relationship problems
Do you feel that you and your partner argue about the same things, over and over again? Do the same old problems remain, despite several attempts at resolving them? Do you want to learn more about how you can positively affect your relationship and get closer to your partner? Then this is the course for you!
In this course you will receive 15 lessons that explain what influences a relationship and how you can make it work. You will also get tips on how you can create better conditions for you and your partner to work together to resolve conflicts, as well as exercises you can do on your own in order to accomplish change in your relationship.
Getting Rid of (Unhealthy) Perfectionism
How to spot, define and cure perfectionism
It is obvious that perfectionism might have its benefits. People who strive towards perfection in everything they do tend to produce a perfect result ... sometimes. However, these benefits are only short term gains. Downsides of perfectionism include never living up to the expectations you put on yourself or getting annoyed when your coworkers aren't living up to your high expectations.
Lastly, perfectionists tend not to be the most likable team mates.
This course is for you if:
This course will also help if you live with a perfectionist and want to help him or her overcome it.
You'll learn what we mean by perfectionism, when perfectionism is dangerous and when it's useful and how it affects our well-being.
When you are done with the course, you will know what to do in order to cure your perfectionism.
You Don’t Have to Love It
How small changes and the adequate motivation can help you become more active
Research shows that approximately half of those who start exercising quit within three to six months. One of the reasons why so many have a hard time following through on their intentions has to do with motivation. In my thesis “You don’t have to love it” I have examined the mechanisms behind motivation for physical activity and exercise. In this course, I will share my best tips and show how you can apply them.
This is the course for you if you’ve always wanted to be more active, but tend to quit after a while. The course will also help you if you’re the kind of person who has a hard time getting started at all. It’s also aimed at those looking to get an increased, and a bit more scientific, understanding of how motivation works.
Note that this isn’t a course aimed at any specific form of exercise, but rather one which will provide you with tools that can be applied to all forms of physical activity, daily exercise and workouts.
The Art of Listening
Learn the Secrets of Effective Listening
Do you know how to listen? This is probably the easiest thing in the world to say and the most difficult thing in the world to do. What is listening? How do you listen? What do you do that gets in the way of listening to someone? What are some techniques to enhance your listening skills?
In The Art of Listening, you’ll learn some effective listening skills you can immediately use to enhance your relationships. As you go through this course your listening skills will be tested. You’ll learn a five-step listening process and go back 1,900 years and learn what the sages say about listening.
Ready to listen?
Stop being jealous
A course about getting to grips with jealousy
If one or both partners struggle with jealousy, it will most likely have a very negative impact on any relationship. The jealous partner will be overcome with worry, which often escalates over time, while the one being suspected often feels controlled and limited.
In this course, you will learn more about what jealousy is, how it is maintained and how to come to grips with it. It’s suitable for anyone who is jealous, has a jealous partner or just wants to get a clearer picture of something that occurs in one way or another in most relationships.
This course is aimed at those who struggle with jealousy in their relationship, whether they’re the jealous partner or not. To keep things simple, I will talk about "your" jealousy, but if you are taking this course because your partner is jealous, it should hopefully be just as useful as a way of understanding him or her.
Create a healthy siblinghood
Actionable advice on creating a healthy relationship between siblings
Many of us can testify that the bond we form with our brother(s) or sister(s) is one of the strongest sources of love and trust. For most of us, our siblings will be our longest relationship. It is not uncommon with a relationship filled with argument and fighting.
This is a course for parents who want to create a strong foundation for your kids, something that helps them have a long and flourishing relationship. You will get tools and methods that help you solve arguments, know the difference between play and fighting and some research-based advice on how to work with rewards.
I offer no quick-fix but I can honestly say that I have seen hundreds of families who have improved the relationship between siblings thanks to the advice presented in this course.
Managing stress with cognitive behavioral therapy
Nine tools for reducing stress and finding balance
The aim of this course is to provide a healthy alternative to short-term solutions. The goal is to prevent stress-related illness by providing you with tools that work in the long run. These tools consist of different techniques from the field of cognitive-behavioral therapy, a type of psychotherapy that has proven to be effective in the treatment of several mental illnesses.
Each day you will be introduced to a new technique. The aim is that, by practicing these techniques, you will become better equipped to deal with the stress of daily life.
The Fundamentals of Learning: Finding Focus
How to learn faster, better and more efficient
If you want to become a better learner, the first thing you have to start training is your focus.
Why is that? Because memory has a limited capacity and attention determines what will be encoded in it.
Without being fully present during the memory encoding stage of learning, we can’t process the information mindfully, and therefore can’t encode it for long-term storage. To put it more bluntly, we’ll never be able to learn something we’re not paying attention to.
The topics of focus and attention have been studied by psychologists since the 1860s, and some argue even longer than that. We’ve delved into recent research to bring you the bite-sized version of the most recent findings, and how they can help you become a better learner.
Together, we’ll uncover the research-backed answers to some of the most interesting questions about learning:
Is there an optimal emotional stage for learning, and how can you manage your emotions to help you focus better?
Let’s get to it!
Said about the course:
"I work 6-10 hours per day in front of my computer and I have a huuuge problem with multitasking. This course gave me tools to really focus on what I'm supposed to focus on and I got some cool insights about learning, memory, and productivity at the same time!"
Hack Your Anxiety
Lessons on how to handle, reduce and get rid of your anxiety
This course will give you valuable knowledge about anxiety and teach you how to reduce fear and anxiety in your life. In ten short lessons, we’ll share some tools that psychologists use to cure phobias and help patients with other types of anxiety-related problems.
If you feel that fear is strangling your dreams, this course will help you. If you feel that fear and anxiety restrict you in your everyday life, this course is definitely for you.
(However, if you suffer from clinical anxiety you should seek specialized and personalized help.)
Said about the course:
"This is a great course to get to know yourself and it helped me face my fears"
Feeding Your Kids
Turn picky eaters into fans of real food
Feeding Your Kids is a course that helps you make small changes over time that add up to a big result. Encourage your children to develop healthy eating habits that last a lifetime! Every parent wants healthy children and nutritious meals, and yet we all find it hard to succeed.
We've helped more than 16,000 families in over 125 countries around the world.
Sign up and get the course for free delivered straight to your inbox.
The Art of Self Care
How to take care of yourself while caring For others
As more and more individuals are responsible for the care and well-being of their aging parents or spouses, self-care is a mandatory aspect of this role you have taken on.
As is stated in all airplane emergency instructions, should oxygen be required in flight, and you are traveling with a dependent, place the oxygen mask over your face first.
This course is about learning how to ensure that you know how to take care of yourself, and how to make self care a priority in your life.
Sign up and get the course delivered straight to your inbox for free.
Hacking Your Happiness
Defy nature and discover renewable happiness with new information and actionable materials.
You weren't hardwired to be happy.
Instead, Evolutionary Social Psychology proves that we have been hardwired to adapt to things in our environment quickly to avoid over-analysis.
What does this mean, exactly?
It means that no matter how much you might be chasing happiness on the hedonic treadmill, chances are you're not going to find it that way. The things that you can bring into your life won’t have any effect on your long term happiness.
What’s the best bang for your buck when it comes to lifetime happiness?
Find out from this free 6-day course based on psychological research.
Enter your email to unlock the answer.
Everyday Ways to Stress Less
Simple methods to reduce stress and live better
A goal of nearly all my clients is to be less stressed. Do you fall into that group? Do you feel if you were just less stressed, you’d be able to reach your goals - personally and professionally? Would you be a better you with less stress?
While a little stress can help us self-motivate and achieve things we aim for, the chronic stress we face in the world today is both draining and unhealthy. But knowing we need to be less stressed isn’t what you need. You need to know how to be less stressed.
This course breaks down 8 things you can do each day to lower your stress, along with actionable steps to get started today and start living your ideal life!
Sign up with your email address and receive the first lesson within a minute.
How to be kinder to yourself
Many of us have quite a critical attitude toward ourselves. Some of us might even address ourselves with a harsh, demanding voice inside, constantly reminding ourselves that we’re never good enough. Or telling ourselves "Now, pull yourself together!”.
These are the words we’d never ever say to anyone else, not even to our worst enemy. Are you one of us? Do you ever listen to the voice inside or to how it makes you feel? Self-criticism, researchers have found, can be as stressful as being criticized by someone else.
By practicing self-compassion, you can calm yourself down and cultivate a far more sustainable sense of well-being than the thrive for self-esteem. It does even make you perform better than motivating yourself with your inner critic.
The number of scientific papers on self-compassion has increased exponentially since 2003, when the research was initiated by professor Kristin Neff at the University of Texas. And since Kristin Neff and psychologist Christopher Germer established the program Mindful Self-compassion in 2010, it has spread all over the world. Starting this year, you can become a self-compassion teacher not only in English but in German, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.
In this e-mail course, you will meet these pioneers as a bonus along the way. Swedish author and journalist Agneta Lagercrantz, who has created the Daily Bits of Self-compassion, has interviewed them all: psychology professor Kristin Neff, psychologist and mindfulness instructor Christopher Germer, meditation teacher Tara Brach, MSC- (Mindful Self-compassion) teachers Christine Braehler, Michelle Becker and Steven Hackman. The course is based on Agneta Lagercrantz’s book Self-compassion (in Swedish) and her public talks on the subject.
The Perfect Conversation
Learn the art of sparkling conversations in 10 simple steps
***Over 5000 users are learning about the science of people from Vanessa's courses. It's easy to join them!***
Conversations are like sports.
Just like in any sport, you have to hone your conversational muscles if you want to be good at them. You train for difficult topics. You re-play miscommunications in your head.
And just like elite athletes, you need a conversational game plan.
The art and science of sparkling conversations is one of our most requested topics at the Science of People. So a few months ago, I decided to do a bit of research on the topic to write this course for you.
How can you engage in effective and memorable conversations with anyone you meet?
I will show you that there is both an art and a science to effective communication.
I have broken down the structure of a conversation into 10 steps that will take your average interactions and make them awesome ones.
I’m Vanessa Van Edwards, and my goal with this course is to teach you to be the most memorable person in the room, for the right reasons.
Let’s do it!
Said about the course:
"So many fun, quirky and effective exercises. The ten days you spend with this course will be interesting...to say the least!"
Beginner mistakes when getting strong and fit
Learn how to avoid the worst beginner mistakes
The reasons for wanting to get strong and fit are many. Some people want to excel in their sport, some want to lead healthier and more active lives, and yet others simply want to look better naked.
Whatever your reason is, you're bound to make mistakes along the way.
It's so sad and frustrating to see people put in such effort, day after day, trying to reach their goals – only to fail because they lack the right tools. I don't want you be one of them!
That's why I created this crash course. There's no reason you should repeat all the mistakes that I and hundreds of thousands before me already have.
Join today (100% free): get one short lesson per day and learn how to become stronger and more fit over the next two weeks.
The Complete Guide to Effective Feedback
Overcome the fear of speaking up and learn how to give (and ask for) feedback that counts
Most of us like to see ourselves as empowered and direct—able to speak up and be honest about what matters to us. Yet many of us also have at least some times where we struggle to speak up or give feedback. We may censor what’s true for us - and, as a result, not get our needs met or lose trust and connection with others and ourselves.
What gets in the way of speaking up? We'll explore the answers to this question and how to overcome our fear step-by-step this 12-day course.
You will find out how to speak up in a way that ensures you're heard, even in challenging situations.
You will be equipped with the same knowledge that I teach to high-level professionals from Fortune 100 companies and to leading universities.
The course is based on a two-day program I teach at Cornell University as part of their professional development programs. What I share is the product of two books on this skill set. I share these skills regularly with companies through training and coaching.
So all of it is tried and tested!
Sign up and you'll be on your way to giving effective feedback in no time.
Said about the course:
"The title doesn't lie, this is one helluva course. I have actually taken it twice to make sure I try all the exercises. I really believe my team can tell the difference in how I give feedback nowadays."
Live Your Dream
Insights, tools and inspiration to guide you in finding and living your dream life
Are you happy? I mean truly happy – with all things in life? Do you live your dream life? Are you with your dream partner or are you single by choice? Do you have the family you always longed for? Do you go to work every day full of joy and bliss?
If not, then this course is for you. This course will help you visualize your dream life. It will help you see the possibilities and it will help you see what your life purpose is. Your true calling. It's never too late to continue.
And even if you lead a happy life there is always room for improvement and inspiration to receive.
The course is free and is delivered daily to your inbox for 14 days. Please enter your email address below and away you go! It is as simple as that.
"You create your own universe as you go along" - Winston Churchill
How to express your ideas and stand up for your opinion
This is a free course for you who want to:
Learn how to say no without guilt
Express your ideas
Or who just want to stand up for yourself in life, relationships and on the job
Some people have a passive style of communication, some an aggressive and some might even have a passive-aggressive style. The most functional of styles is definitely the assertive way.
This course won’t turn you into the most assertive person in the world, but it’s one small step to learning this way of communication. Sign up using your email and you are on your way!
Yoga for office workers
Simple exercises for people who work infront of a computer all day
How does your body feel right now?
If you turned on your cell phone first thing in the morning, and then rushed off to work, you may not have had the time to notice. Your thoughts have been focused on the past or future instead of what’s happening right now. If that’s the case, there are probably feelings of stress, pressure or anxiety within you. Notice what happens when you instead direct your attention towards the sensations in your body. Are you more present in the moment? Perhaps you instantly feel more harmony, relief, happiness or love.
This is exactly what yoga can help us with. Even though many now associate the word yoga with how the body looks during that handstand rather than how it actually feels, the yoga legend Patanjali defined it as “the calming of thought waves” or “the ability to control fluctuations of the mind”.
This free course will provide you with nine daily exercises that let you become more present in the here and now. As a bonus, your body will also automatically start to heal and open up.
You’ll get one new exercise per day for nine days, which will then be put together into a 20-minute yoga sequence you can do at home or at the office.
Do More of the Things You Want To Do
Lessons from psychology that will increase your motivation
Are you having a hard time getting started with your workouts? Do you have a coworker who needs to become more involved in the daily work? Are you developing a service and thinking about how to make your users more motivated?
This free course will deliver ten insights from psychological research on motivation and behavioral change. We want to provide you with a scientific perspective on what we usually call motivation. You will get suggestions on how to apply the different principles on yourself, coworkers or your own work. Keep in mind that the course will require some effort, creativity and resourcefulness on your part.
I, the creator of this course, am a psychologist with more than five years of experience working with behavioral change in a number of different areas. I’ve also founded Daily Bits Of - in itself a service for behavioral change.
Submit your email, and we’ll send the first insight right away.
Positive Psychology For Your Love Life
Are you single and feel stuck in your love life without understanding why or what to do about it?
This course will help you. It will give you clarity and understanding about common problems and patterns, why we act the way that we do in our love lives and the results it creates. You will also get positive psychology tools and insights that help you create the change you long for in your love life.
Just enter your emailadress in the box below, and for 10 days straight you will get an email with a short and easy to read message full of value and insight.
Linnea Molander is a dating coach and freelance journalist with an academic background in positive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and evidence-based coaching. She is a dating expert and blogger for Match.com and has written articles about dating, relationships and well-being for many of Swedens biggest magazines. On Aftonbladet.se you can read her positive psychology blog Hello Happiness.
When subscribing for the course you will also be invited to join the Happy Dating Newsletter where Linnea will share more free content, tips and inspiration on how to take charge of your love life.
Read more on www.linneamolander.com
Advice and tools based on cognitive behavior therapy
Parenthood. Filled with love, warmth and happiness, but also worry, doubts and attempts to deal with the challenges of everyday life. In this course you will receive tips and advice on how you can use simple techniques to handle some of these challenges. Among other things, you will learn more about avoiding the no-trap, being consistent, the usefulness of point systems, dealing with sibling rivalry and placing reasonable expectations on yourself as a parent.
Liv Svirsky is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist who is also a trained CBT supervisor. She has authored books on children, parenthood and anxiety problems.
Liv works in a privately held company where she meets children, youths, adults and couples who seek CBT for different problems. She also gives lectures at several educational programs in Sweden and mentors staff and students. You can read more about Liv, her work and the books she’s written at www.sthlmkbt.se (in Swedish).
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