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Be A Better You: 6 Online Courses To Take To Feel Better About Yourself

* Online classes to help you live your best life
* Learn important life skills and build confidence
* Credentials from top Universities

Online-based courses are a great and convenient way to pursue a degree, learn something new or brush up on something you already know in the privacy of your own home. Coursera is an education-focused technology company founded by two Stanford professors that offers online courses with a variety of programs to choose from such as business, computer science, and confidence building life skills.

We have chosen a few key courses from the Personal Development specialization to highlight in which you can choose from a variety of important, life-improving skills from public speaking to understanding what the vital signs of the body can tell you. Throughout these courses, you will tackle hands-on projects based on real business challenges and earn a specialization certificate to share with potential employers.

1. Public Speaking

Public speaking is one of the most feared skills for people, yet is an important and enduring job skill to have. The Dynamic Public Speaking Specialization course will provide you with the instruction, experience and practice to develop and deliver compelling presentations and help you reduce your nerves for the next event. This specialization is broken up into four courses of which you can follow in whatever order you choose, that slowly work up specific skills to practice before putting together a longer speech. Perfect for speakers of all levels, students will design, practice, record and receive feedback on speeches and when completed you will leave with the experience and skills to design presentations and a portfolio of polished speeches.

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2. Personal and Professional Success

This online course is based on four of the most popular courses taught at the Wharton School and is designed to introduce the tools and techniques for defining and achieving success at home and at work. Through a series of exercises, surveys, quizzes and numerous case studies, you will discover how to define what you want and the best way to get it.


3. Inspirational Leadership

Our next specialization is Inspirational Leadership and teaches students how to become a better leader, manager, colleague, parent or friend. Divided into three courses, this new approach to leadership will help you switch from a top-down leadership format to an open leadership that fosters team work and creative input. This new approach to leadership is based on more than 25 years of research and practice and has been implemented successfully in companies like Apple, L’Oreal and LVMH. The courses will teach you to explore your own leadership style, acquire the necessary self-confidence to make good decisions based on the ideas and opinions of others (even if they are contradictory) and complete a final Capstone Project in which you will apply the skills you have learned to overcome a personal leadership challenge.


4. Science of Well-Being

The Science of Well-Being is a course that overviews what psychological science says about happiness. Who doesn’t want to understand or be happy? The purpose of the course is to teach you about the psychological research on what makes us happy and how to put those strategies into place. The course is broken down into three parts consisting of online videos and a hands-on project requiring you to engage in one wellness activity into your lives for four weeks, is 100% online and you can start instantly and learn at your own pace.


5. A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment is a course based on an award-winning class that draws content from a variety of fields including psychology, neuroscience and behavioral decision theory to offer a tested and practical recipe for a leading a life of happiness and fulfillment. This course is broken up into 6 sections that can be done on your own schedule and leisure. It also features guest appearances by several well-known thought leaders.


6. Understanding What the Body is Telling Us

Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body is Telling Us is a six-part course in which the anatomy and physiology of the vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration rate and pain) are explored. This is crucial information so you can develop a systematic understanding of how the body functions and how these systems affect the vital signs. You do not need to have a health care degree to participate and understand this course – the course is designed for a broad, general audience and anyone who wants to understand how the body functions.