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Need To Kill Time? Here Are Our Top 3 Free Online Course Recommendations

How to keep busy during the coronavirus quarantine 

For many of us, this is the first time in our lives that we have so much free time we don’t know what to do with it. We’ve already binged Tiger King on Netflix, run through all our puzzles and games, and exhausted our list of family and friends to Zoom. Amazon has stopped shipping non-essential items and we are looking for new ways to entertain ourselves. 

If you’re struggling with how to keep busy, it’s time to try something new. Online classes are the perfect way to pass the time! Stimulate your mind by learning about a topic you have limited knowledge of or delve deeper into something familiar to develop mastery. Whether you are looking to advance your career or just learn something new, there are thousands of free online classes available. 

Many courses are only a small time commitment, 2-3 hours per week, and you can work at your own pace. The topics you can learn about are endless! From positive psychology to computer programming to nutrition, there is something for everyone. 

We’ve rounded up our top three favorite courses that our Suitably team is taking during this quarantine. We highly recommend you check them out!  

The Science of Well Being
Yale University

A course that teaches you the fundamentals of how to be happier in your life.

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“In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.”

For more information about the course, click here.

The Science of Everyday Thinking
The University of Queensland

A course about the psychology behind every decision we make and how to make better ones.

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“We will explore the psychology of our everyday thinking: why people believe weird things, how we form and change our opinions, why our expectations skew our judgments, and how we can make better decisions. We'll discuss and debate topics such as placebos, the paranormal, medicine, miracles, and more.

You will use the scientific method to evaluate claims, make sense of evidence, and understand why we so often make irrational choices. You will begin to rely on slow, effortful, deliberative, analytic, and logical thinking rather than fast, automatic, instinctive, emotional, and stereotypical thinking.”

For more information about the course, click here

Financial Literacy

A course on the basics of personal finance that includes strategies on budgeting and saving. 

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“This free online Financial Literacy course will teach you a range tricks and techniques which you can use to help manage your finances better. Did you know that 40% of credit card holders do not pay all their debt each month and get punished for it? Poor personal finance management can severely affect your life and credit rating. This course will teach you about saving money, budgeting, dealing with debt, insurance and retirement planning.”

For more information about the course, click here

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