The Science of Well-Being (Yale University)

This course received a 5 star rating from a facilitator!

I’m excited to give people a space to meet with community and support their well-being during this Covid winter. Also, this will be my first public Learning Circle so I’m excited to introduce the concept to the public.

To what extent did you achieve your goal?

Did anything about the learning circle surprise you?
I was in awe of our group of learners: they were super engaged, willing to be vulnerable, offered each other empathy right off the bat, and many are planning to continue meeting.

Do you have any stories from the learning circle you want to share with the P2PU community?
It was inspiring to be part of a group of strangers who provided community for each other, shared wisdom and resources, and genuinely looked forward to our time together each week.

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How well did the online course work as a learning circle?

Why did you give the course 5 star(s)?
There is so much fantastic content and opportunity for deep discussion among the learners. I also appreciated the built-in weekly assignments (or “rewirements”), and the fact that more Covid-specific resources have been created to supplement the original coursework.

How likely are you to recommend facilitating a learning circle to a friend or colleague?

Learning Circles are fantastic opportunities to connect with community and learn something new. Highly recommended!

The Science of Well-Being

We just completed a 4-week version of The Science of Well-Being at the Wichita Public Library. If you don’t have to compress it into a 4-week program, I don’t recommend it. But if you need to, here’s how we did it.


Syllabus Science of Well Being Jan 2021.doc (28.3 KB)

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Thanks so much for sharing these guides, Noelle!

I know a few groups have been interested in running this as a shorter program—could you share a bit about why you wouldn’t recommend doing it over 4 weeks?

Sure. It’s important to know that, since I this wasn’t a skill-focused class, I didn’t expect participants to enroll in the course separately or do homework. We generally don’t discuss material or videos that we haven’t all viewed together.

So I tried to compress the program into four 90-minute evening sessions, which I’ve done successfully with another course, but this one just has too much content–and it’s all good, so there’s a lot to digest and talk about! Even if we’d done 120 minutes, it would’ve been an improvement, but when I do this one again, I’ll definitely schedule for six weeks. When I did this program for the first time in August (?) 2018, we did 2-hour sessions for six weeks on Saturday afternoons, and that worked great. That’s probably what I’ll do again.

If you do have to compress it, you can choose ahead of time which videos you want to watch, or do what I eventually did, which was use the polling feature in Zoom to allow participants to anonymously vote on which videos they wanted to watch. We watched the videos with the most votes first, second most votes second, etc. (Actually, there was no etc. We only got through the first two that night. :wink: )

I’d be glad to answer any other questions here or by email at

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