By Rachelle Hampton

January 30, 2018

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This semester, every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m., about a quarter of

Yale's student population flocks to Woolsey Hall-the university's concert

hall and only space on campus big enough to accommodate a course roster of

1,182 students-to learn how to be happy. Over the course of an hour and 15

minutes, psychology professor Laurie Santos tries to teach her students how

to lead more satisfying lives through activities like "rewirement"

assignments-exercises like savoring a beautiful day or making a new social

connection that are aimed at making students happier, healthier, and more

resilient-and, in place of a final exam, a "Hack Yo'Self" self-improvement

project. The foundations of the class, called "Psychology and the Good

Life," can be found in a sub-discipline called positive psychology, which,

according to the Positive Psychology Center at the University of

Pennsylvania, holds "that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling

lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their

experiences of love, work, and play."