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Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Monash University via FutureLearn

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Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve performance

Stressed by the pace of modern life? Mindfulness might be the answer. Research shows that when you’re not deliberately paying attention to something, your brain goes into default mode causing increased anxiety and poor communication. Mindfulness can help end this unproductive behaviour. In this online course, you’ll learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your life, to reduce stress and improve your personal and professional life.

This course has been recognised as one of the highest rated online courses of all time by leading course aggregator Class Central

This course is for anyone, because everyone can benefit from mindfulness. No previous experience of mindfulness is required. We will explain how mindfulness works, but above all this is a practical course. We will ask you to explore different mindfulness techniques and reflect on your experience.

This course is not designed to be therapeutic for significant health problems so if you have any concerns in this regard then it is recommended that you speak to a suitably qualified health practitioner.


  • Introducing mindfulness
    • Getting started
    • Mindfulness meditation
    • The problem of 'unmindfulness'
    • Review and preview
  • Mindfulness and mindful stress reduction
    • Introduction
    • Cultivating gentleness
    • The power of curiosity
    • Mindfulness in daily life
    • Review and preview
  • Improving work and study performance
    • Introduction
    • The cognitive practices of mindfulness
    • The power of unitasking
    • Mindfulness for productivity
    • Review and preview
  • Mindfulness as a way of life
    • Introduction
    • Mindfulness and emotions
    • Mindful eating
    • Mindfulness for creativity
    • Explore, develop and maintain mindfulness practices

Taught by

Dr Richard Chambers and Dr Craig Hassed


4.9 rating, based on 211 Class Central reviews

4.9 rating at FutureLearn based on 1136 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    This was an amazing course. The theory to explain the science behind mindfulness was accessible and interesting and the practical tasks consolidated the learning and showed students how to apply this to our lives. I feel so empowered by what I learned from this course. Wonderful to have two charismatic leading academics who are also practitioners lead the course. The feedback videos at the end of the week were very useful, addressing any questions learners had. Can't say enough good things about this MOOC. It was extraordinary. Thank you to all involved.
  • Mindfulness and meditation are good counter activities for today's over-saturated information age.
    The course provides a handful of exercises of different size and complexity where you can choose from to include in your daily life.
    Don't forget to do so, make one or more of them part of your daily practice and become a more happy person.

    This is one of the highest-rated FutureLearn courses, an ideal course build a first experience with the platform. FutureLearn is quite different from Coursera and edX, but for this type of courses, it is a perfect fit. Amongst these platforms, FutureLearn provides the best mobile experience and social collaboration features.
  • Anonymous
    This course is an excellent introduction to mindfulness. It has scientific evidence to back it up and although I approached it from a more spiritual side I really welcomed the scientific approach and I think this would suit a lot of people. I feel able to continue to practice mindfulness on my own but would definitely do this course again when it runs as a refresher. Excellent tutor, resources and I felt part of the learning community through discussion and comments online. I can't praise this course enough. I suffer from depression and anxiety and the course is helping me manage these better too.
  • Anonymous
    I have taken this course 6 times, and have registered to participate again. It is life changing and one of the best MOOCS I have studied. The course can be studied at different levels, with a wealth of additional material available.nThe two charismatic educators have pitched the course at the right level. They provide excellent meditations available for download. They also provide weekly feedback sessions. The moderators are extremely active in their support for learners. Finally the learners themselves provide a community of support for each other
  • Anonymous
    Interesting and highly practical course, which was supportive in learners growing. Excellent material that was challenging, but attainable. Weekly feedback videos from lead educators answered questions learners had during the week. It's really changed my life for the better. Great course. Highly recommended. Thanks to everyone involved.
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed this course immensely. I liked the scientific evidence provided in the course material and the course itself was logically organised and well paced. The discussion forum and the weekly feedback sessions allowed the participants to feel engaged and gave a more personal feel to an online course. I shall definitely revisit the course material regularly and I would recommend the use of the teachings in this course as a lifestyle choice.
  • Anonymous
    I have completed several MOOCs on a variety of topics. This was by far the best in terms of course content, management, mentor interaction and facilitation from the two course leaders. Subsequently learner interaction was very high and there was no sense of learning remotely. I am a learning and development designer and I hold this course up as an exemplar on many levels.

    For me personally it was a great experience. I learned a lot about mindfulness and benefitted from it greatly.
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    Margarita McElroy
    Superb. Excellent material, presented with expertise, skill and - so important - compassion. In addition to the two educators, who gave extra weekly feedback videos, the course had the active and helpful involvement of two mentors.

    I would give it six stars if that were possible
  • Anonymous
    Without doubt the best MOOC I have taken. If you are receptive to the ideas and sound academic principles, this course could change your life. It is supportive, inclusive and led by two brilliant educators supported by mentors. Weekly feedback on YouTube responds to learners questions and comments as they have arisen that week. Cannot recommend highly enough.
  • Anonymous
    An excellent course for anybody interested in the subject. It can be done at various levels as there is the chance to interact with other students but also to follow up other research papers and websites. It has given me the tools for lifelong access to that place of calm and peace, which as a Quaker I was already familiar with but this has added extra knowledge about how the brain works and how we physically react to stress, to note that in the body and to address it. It has also made me aware of the early signals of when I am getting anxious. I would highly recommend it - it could be a life saver and a life changer!
  • Anonymous
    I strongly recommend taking this course if you want to improve your life. It helped me a lot in terms of fixing problems, fighting anxiety and learning how to meditate.
  • Really interesting for everyone, especially those of us who lead a stressful life.
    The explanations are clear and easy to follow, provided with exercises to start practicing mindfulness.
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    Caroline Meek
    I really enjoyed this course and it has had a huge impact on my life. If you apply the principles taught on this course, it will change the way you live your life.
  • Anonymous
    I would highly recommend this course for any walk of life. It gives easily understandable information with supported instruction on the practices, with an interactive and enthusiastic team of educators and mentors.
  • Jaime Barrera
    Great course, well done, good informing videos and very useful meditations, this course is a must for anyone that want to learn how to be mindful, ethical and living in the present moment.
    With Gratitude
  • Anonymous
    The best online course I have taken. It is also better than the face to face mindfulness course I completed some time ago. The course input is excellent and the links to other resources provides a good starting point for further study.
  • Anonymous
    This course is brilliant. The team are inspirational and introduce the mindfulness way of thinking and living in a user friendly way. They are a wonderful advert for Monash University, for Future Learn and for Mindfulness!
  • Anonymous
    This was a fantastic course - highly recommended. Mindfulness is often shrouded in a lot of mystery, and even though I've dabbled in meditation here and there, the comprehensive overview of mindfulness offered here greatly enriched my understanding…
  • Anonymous
    A wonderful course with brilliant tutors. I thoroughly enjoyed it and if everyone did even part of it, the world would be a better place. Perhaps it should be compulsory! Very highly recommended.
  • Tracey Henderson
    A great introduction and refresher to mindfulness. Very engaging instructors, God material and exercises and lovely engagement with other students.

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