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100+ Free Online Courses on Mindfulness & Happiness

Learn about mindfulness, happiness, meditation and stress management via this selection of free courses.

The world can be a stressful place. Whether due to the grind of studying, pressure at work, personal relationships, or to large-scale problems — pandemic, global conflicts, societal issues — stress and anxiety are often present in our lives. But mindfulness can help alleviate them.

In his excellent course A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment (which is also included in the list below), Dr. Raj Raghunathan explains that mindfulness involves being in the moment, focusing on what’s happening right now. That doesn’t sound like much, but research has shown that being mindful can help you feel happier and able to handle negative situations with more aplomb.

So mindfulness is closely connected to happiness, and to practices such as meditation and yoga, which can also help reduce stress and anxiety. But true mindfulness is a skill, and it doesn’t come naturally to many people.

Fortunately, there are many resources on the subject available online. Below, you’ll find our selection of free online courses about mindfulness and happiness.


For your convenience, we’ve broken down the list into different subjects. Click on a subject to jump to the corresponding courses:

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Mindfulness Online Courses

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
Monash University via FutureLearn
Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this online course.
★★★★★ (210 ratings)

De-Mystifying Mindfulness
Leiden University via Coursera
But, what actually is mindfulness? Is it really good for you? Can anyone learn it? How can you recognize charlatans? Would you want to live in a mindful society, and would it smell like sandalwood? What does it feel like to be mindful? Are you mindful already, and how would you know?
★★★★★ (95 ratings)

Introducción a la Regulación Emocional basada en Mindfulness
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid via edX
Entrena la mente para traerla al momento presente, toma conciencia y gestiona un amplio espectro de emociones con amabilidad a través de la práctica de Mindfulness.
★★★★★ (91 ratings)

Demystifying Mindfulness
Leiden University via FutureLearn
Discover the science of mindfulness, learn how it works and why, from a political, psychological, and philosophical perspective.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Mindfulness para regular emociones
Universidad de Malaga via Miríadax
La Atención Plena o Mindfulness basada en la técnica milenaria de la Meditación ha sido recientemente integrada por la Psicología Contemporánea como herramienta válida, fiable y con efectos terapéuticos demostrados. En este curso aprenderás nociones básicas sobre Inteligencia Emocional y Atención Plena, y cómo, la práctica regular de la Atención Plena puede favorecer el desarrollo de las habilidades emocionales. Así, cuando focalizamos la atención plena en los contenidos emocionales, se facilita enormemente la comprensión y regulación de nuestras emociones.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Mindfulness and Well-being: Foundations
Rice University via Coursera
This course provides a broad overview of the fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of mindfulness.

Mindfulness in Integrative Healthcare
University of Minnesota via Coursera
By the end of this course, you will be able to assess when mindfulness may be helpful for your patients or clients, educate them about its potential benefits, and refer them to mindfulness programs and resources. To begin, you will explore what mindfulness is (and is not) through presentations and direct experience. You will also learn about the research supporting the benefits (and risks) of mindfulness for various conditions, as well as how to identify contraindications. Finally, you will learn about the benefits of this practice for you as a busy healthcare provider.

Mindfulness: A Focus on Adolescents
University of Glasgow via FutureLearn
Get a hands-on introduction to mindfulness and its benefits.

Mindfulness Through Film
Into Film via FutureLearn
Explore how film watching and filmmaking can be used in secondary teaching to introduce mindfulness principles and exercises.

Happiness Online Courses

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment
Indian School of Business via Coursera
This course draws content from a variety of fields, including psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral decision theory to offer a tested and practical recipe for leading a life of happiness and fulfillment.
★★★★★ (508 ratings)

The Science of Well-Being
Yale University via Coursera
“The Science of Well-Being” taught by Professor Laurie Santos overviews what psychological science says about happiness. The purpose of the course is to not only learn what psychological research says about what makes us happy but also to put those strategies into practice.
★★★★★ (28 ratings)

The Science of Happiness
University of California, Berkeley via edX
The first MOOC to teach positive psychology. Learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life.
★★★★★ (33 ratings)

Let’s Get Happy: Happiness Drives Performance
University System of Maryland via edX
Great leaders, create great culture, which yields great work: G3. Leadership requires skills and is in greater demand. Are you ready to lead when the call comes? Would you like to refresh your leadership skills? If so, this course is for you.
★★★★☆ (17 ratings)

Finding Purpose and Meaning In Life: Living for What Matters Most
University of Michigan via Coursera
Welcome to Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life: Living for What Matters Most!
★★★★★ (4 ratings)

The Path to Happiness: What Chinese Philosophy Teaches us about the Good Life
Harvard University via edX
Why should we care about Confucius? Explore ancient Chinese philosophy, ethics, and political theory to challenge your assumptions of what it means to be happy, live a meaningful life, and change the world.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

Pathways to Happiness
Davidson College via edX
Learn what happiness is and find your pathways to it.

The Path to Happiness and Good Quality of Life
Universidad de Palermo via FutureLearn
What is happiness? Explore the concept of happiness and consider the things that influence your own happiness and quality of life.

The Foundations of Happiness at Work
University of California, Berkeley via edX
Learn why happiness at work matters and how to increase it within yourself and across your organization.

Managing Happiness
Harvard University via edX
Managing Happiness encourages you to explore the science of happiness, allowing you to find your truest self. Through cutting-edge survey tools, the best research, and trends in social science, positive psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy, learners unlock the strategies to create a more purposeful life, full of long-lasting enjoyment and satisfaction.

Meditation Online Courses

Meditation: A way to achieve your goals in your life
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology via Coursera
Do we truly think that we have lived for ourselves? Perhaps we have lived for money, love, fame, family and pride etc.? Therefore, we don’t seem to be satisfied even though we are full of those things. It is because that we don’t know ourselves. Eric Fromm talked about human nature as two modes of being: “To Have” and “To Be”. If we are “Having” the nature of possessions, we are not satisfied, and feel empty and futile. Then, how can we be “Being” the nature of our inner-selves? Sometimes, we happened to be aware of this “Being” nature and try to change ourselves, but fail. But, because of our daily routines, it’s easily forgotten. And more it is hard to escape from our unwanted minds controlling us. From now on, let us reflect on ourselves and look at our minds leading up to today! Don’t we achieve our goals after knowing ourselves? And let us find the “Being” nature of our original selves after escaping from the minds restraining and controlling us.

Biohacking Your Brain’s Health
Emory University via Coursera
With deteriorating health, particularly brain health, occurring at a global level, this course introduces you to methods for maximizing your brain’s fitness through nutrition, exercise, meditation, and sleep. We’ll debunk popular myths about prescribed practices for overall health and then uncover studies from the last few decades revealing practical routines and interventions that are proven to help improve the brain. You’ll also get a glimpse at the brain’s structure and common brain functions, as well as a “prescription” each week of tips for improving your brain’s health.
★★★★★ (4 ratings)

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World: Lesser Vehicle
University of Virginia via Coursera
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World explores the immense variety of meditation practices past and present. We present their histories, their philosophical underpinnings, their transformations in the modern global world, and we give you a chance to reflect upon meditation practices through secular contemplations designed just for this course. We use a traditional, if overly simplistic, way of grouping Buddhist philosophical systems and ritual-contemplative practices into “three vehicles”, three programs of theory and practice supporting the personal journey from suffering to enlightenment.

Buddhism: Diamond Sutra and Zen Meditation
HKU Space via FutureLearn
Discover the secrets of the Diamond Sutra and learn how its Buddhist teachings promote living in serenity and ease.

Yogananda Meditation For Deep Daily Practice
via Udemy
Learn how to meditate deeply while getting the support you need to create a solid daily meditation practice at home.

Foundation Skills for a Successful Meditation Practice
via Udemy
Learn how to find comfort in stillness, handle distraction and keep the mind focused to reap the benefits of meditation

For the Love of Meditation
via Udemy
Lay the groundwork for an engaging sitting practice by cultivating the love and curiosity of meditation.

Learn Mindfulness Meditation for a Calmer and Clearer mind
via Udemy
Practical mindfulness meditation course showing the method how to increase concentration and reduce stress

Stress Management Online Courses

Becoming a Resilient Person – The Science of Stress Management
University of Washington via edX
This course gives you the permission to take care of yourself by learning the skills to manage stress and optimize wellbeing.
★★★★☆ (12 ratings)

Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty & Stress
Yale University via Coursera
Developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty & Stress will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to understand and manage their emotions and those of their students. The 10-hour online course is designed for school staff, including teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, principals, and non-teaching staff in preK-12 schools.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Workplace Wellbeing: How to Build Confidence and Manage Stress
Luleå University of Technology via FutureLearn
Discover workplace wellbeing through stress management, building self-esteem, task prioritisation, and healthy relationships.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Managing Mental Health and Stress
Coventry University via FutureLearn
Supporting your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work
University of California, Berkeley via edX
Learn research-based strategies to help you foster mindfulness, handle stress, and guard against burnout.

Stress Management
State Bank of India via edX
Stress Management is to deal effectively with stress and entails achieving Physical and Psychological well-being by addressing and harmonising these areas for optimal well-being.

Integrating Care: Depression, Anxiety and Physical Illness
King’s College London via FutureLearn
Understand the connection between physical and mental health and improve your ability to identify symptoms and sources of help.

Stress Management
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur via Swayam
Stress is a part of daily living and each individual responds to stress differently. Thus there’s no “one size fits all” solution to managing stress. Stress management techniques can teach an individual healthier ways to cope with stress, help reduce its harmful effects, and prevent stress from spiraling out of control again in the future. The goal of stress management is not to eliminate all stress. This course aims to teach the student how to limit the harmful effects of stress while maintaining life’s quality and vitality.INTENDED AUDIENCE : Psychologists, for anyone keen to develop stress management techniques, elective, Open Course (UG /PG)PRE-REQUISITES : Basic knowledge in communication and a good understanding of English

Rural Resilience: Farm Stress Training
Michigan State University via Desire2Learn
In this course, you will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and suicide, ways to effectively communicate with people under stress, and how to reduce stigma related to mental health concerns. What you learn in this course can help your friends, family, neighbors and community during stressful times.

Performance Anxiety Management: How to Prepare for your Best Performance
Frances Clark Center via Kadenze
Performance Anxiety: How to Calm the Mind and Body for your Best Performance will offer insights into mindfulness, stage fright, and positive self-talk.

Managing Study, Stress and Mental Health at University
Curtin University via edX
Develop a clearer understanding of what mental health is, and learn how best to recognise and respond to mental health concerns, such as negative thoughts and behaviours, in yourself and others.

Workplace Wellbeing: Stress and Productivity at Work
Manchester Metropolitan University via FutureLearn
Explore the link between work productivity and stress, and learn how improving workplace wellbeing can boost work performance.

Conquer Your Stress. Don’t Manage it!
via Udemy
Transform yourself through Naturization. Be Stress Free Forever. Over 35 years of condensed knowledge is in this course!

Yoga Online Courses

Engineering Health: Introduction to Yoga and Physiology
New York University (NYU) via Coursera
This course gives you access to an exploration of physiological systems from the perspective of overall health and wellness. In particular, a focus on yoga, meditation and mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention in chronic illness and long term treatment. This course is intended for yoga practitioners and teachers, as well as college students and medical practitioners looking for a deeper understanding of the physiological benefits of yoga. The value of taking this course is to understand the impact that yoga can have on reducing stress, and aiding in healing or preventing physiological pathologies.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

The Science and Practice of Yoga
University of Texas Arlington via edX
Learn to practice yoga on and off the mat and bring mindfulness into your everyday life.

Improving Immunity Based on Traditional Eastern Exercises
Shanghai Jiao Tong University via Coursera
Exercise is medicine. Regular and moderate exercise can effectively strengthen immune system so as to reduce the risk of virus infection and also improve or assist in the treatment of dysthymic disorders like anxiety and depression. This course provides suggestions for the general public about how to actively respond to the outbreak of novel coronavirus. It also explains: how the immune system reacts when viruses invade into the body; why exercises can enhance immunity and what is the mechanism; what the difference is between western sports and traditional eastern exercises.

Yin Yoga for Stress & Anxiety – SarahBethYoga
via Udemy
Melt your tension away

10 for 10 Yoga Challenge
via Udemy
Kickstart Your Yoga Practice With 10 Minutes of Yoga Everyday for 10 Days!

7 Day Home Yoga Strength Retreat
via Udemy
Become strong & flexible while finding inner peace

Yoga For Beginners in Gujarati
via YouTube

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