Choosing Happiness

A 12-week online journey that combines self-study, group work, and live weekly facilitation calls by Dr. Ranganathan

This program combines the best parts of MOOC (Massively Open Online Program) courses with some of the key benefits of coaching. You get a chance to ask personal questions and doubts – at a fraction of what you would have to pay for personal coaching. Apart from this, you get to work in smaller groups of 5 between the live sessions – brainstorming and contributing to each others learning, making sure you stay on track.

“All this science of Happiness is fine Maam, but can we discuss it from a practical angle now”. As someone who has taught courses on happiness and positive psychology in a business school for 10 years, I have learnt to expect the inevitable question that usually comes at some point during every session – “But in the practical world, how does one actually choose happiness”. In my early years of teaching, this question used to stump and confound me – for wasn’t happiness actually the most practical thing we could talk about? The science of happiness is based on rigorous field and lab observations with experiments that are very much from this world. The experimental subjects are real-world people and the contexts of study are as practical as one can get – work, relationships, performance, and health. In fact, my own journey into positive psychology and the science of happiness had been driven by my very practical everyday problems of being chronically dissatisfied, being depressed, and getting upset again and again.

Over years of facilitating and teaching, I eventually learnt that most of the times when people use the word ‘practical’ they mean something more like, “what I see everyone around me doing”, and when they mention ‘practical world’ – they are actually referring to what they see around (which is often really what media and others project onto them). They are referring to how most people in the world are currently operating, not about how they could actually operate. This (mis)definition of practicality hinges on our subconscious need for conformity (and agreement) with the majority, and our subconscious beliefs that however the majority is living is right and practical, and therefore, the only way to live. It has nothing to do with the real meaning of practicality – which is “to be concerned with the actual doing or use of something”.

There are tested tools and strategies that can be used to create more happiness for ourselves and others and this is not just armchair philosophy or journal quotable science but actually something that is very practical and doable. However, I know that learning and change (especially when it is related to behavior) is more than just getting access to fantastic content or a body of precious knowledge. A learning journey shows real results only when knowledge is combined with practice, exercises, and reflections – in a suitable pace, and with the support of an experienced facilitator who can resolve your doubts and offer you perspectives as and when your questions arise. This is why this program has been designed to give all of that to you in a single package.

Write to to book your spot. To ensure high quality of interaction and personal facilitation time for each participant the number of enrolments is capped at 25 participants.

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