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University of Pennsylvania

Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions

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Positive interventions are one of the building blocks for the application of positive psychology in our day-to-day lives. In this course taught by Dr. James Pawelski, we explore positive interventions through theory, research and practice. We provide learners the basic tools for using and measuring positive psychology in professional or personal contexts. Suggested prerequisite: Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science.


  • Introducing the Course and Exploring Positive Emotions
  • Understanding and Cultivating a Healthy Emotional Life
  • Identifying and Using Character Strengths
  • Setting and Achieving Goals

Taught by

James Pawelski


5.0 rating, based on 7 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at Coursera based on 2067 ratings

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  • A wonderful class that shows ways to apply what we learned. It is a field that we all can apply in our daily lives and profession -- especially those who are in the healthcare profession related to mental health-- psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers will take away important information to implement in their profession.

    This is my third class in the Positive Psychology specialization and will continue learning in other classes. Will refer to some of the material covered in this class, as and when needed.
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    Cheryl Penn
    Awesome class if you are ready to start working on yourself and reflecting on your thoughts and behaviors. "Interventions" offers practical exercises to increase positivity and other character attributes that you want to strengthen.
    It's so interesting class seemed to be over in a flash. It also has great resources if you want to read more deeply on a subject and links to essential psychology surveys.
    The small amount of graphic design/animation employed was great and I wish they had others made for other lesson segments. The short animation on green cape/red cape behavior was just the kind of attention-getting images I want in an online MOOC!
  • Ankhzaya
    My name is Ankhzaya.I’m 23 years old. I’m from mongolia.I’m mongolian traditional medicine doctor. I am very happy to have such a wonderful opportunity. Because I had only dreamed of attending such a prestigious school. Thank you very much. You will study hard all this time.
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    Ummehani Fatima
    Positive psychology is a difficult task to be developed in this modern world where an individual mainly from middle class as he/she suffers a lot physically, emotionally, financially, etc.

    But after acquiring the knowledge of psychology life will go better.
  • Gunarajan
    It is been great joined this online courses.l would be great if I am able to catching all the subjects choosen to know and knowledge this will help in my carrier to continue with ADR legal services. this helps to solve the issues in amicable settlement agreement regarding legal disclaimer and disputes among each other to solve their legal assistant .in getting solved by their legal disputes through legal assistant and means
  • Anonymous
    É ótimo participar desses cursos online, de fácil acesso ao site. E adquirir um conhecimento moderno na psicologia
  • Ilham Nayeem
    Its all about positivity that'is bringed by this course I love to spent my lockdown here it encourages me towards life goals tysm fr providing such a wonderful course

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