Psychology of Stress, Health and Well-being

By Prof. Dilwar Hussain   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 6955
In today’s world, mental distress and disorders are common and accounting for a significant burden of disability within nations. However, at the same time, there has been a growing interest in understanding and enhancing positive mental health and wellbeing particularly in the field of psychology. Overall, this course systematically addresses the issues of health, adjustment and well-being. It reviews the topics of stress and health while adding happiness and well-being theory and research to enrich our understanding of both negative and positive side of human behavior. Overall, this course will attempt to provide insights from the field of psychology to make your life more satisfying and meaningful.

UG and PG students of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Stress, health and well-being: Overview; Nature and physiology of stress
Week 2:Stress, trauma and health: Mind-body connections; Stress and non-infectious diseases; Stress and infectious diseases; Stress and psychological disorder
Week 3: Positive aspects of stress and trauma: Stress, trauma and posttraumatic growth; Factors influencing stress tolerance
Week 4:Coping processes and strategies 1 : Types of coping strategies; Coping strategies of limited value; Unconscious mind and defensive coping; Characteristics of constructive coping; physical ways of coping
Week 5:Coping processes and strategies 2: Mind-body strategies; Mental ways of coping; Coping with social support and meaning in life; Mindfulness and acceptance
Week 6:Beyond stress and recovery: Positive mental health and well-being
Week 7: Psychology of happiness: What is happiness? What makes us happy? Socio-economic factors and happiness; Positive emotions
Week 8:Can we become happier? Genetic set-point and hedonic adaptation; Sustainable happiness model and intentional activities
Week 9:Happiness Activities 1: Expressing gratitude and positive thinking; Love and kindness; Avoiding overthinking and social comparison
Week 10:Happiness Activities 2: Identifying signature strengths; Achieving happiness with “Flow”.
Week 11: Is happiness sufficient? The concept of eudaimonic well-being; Self-determination and motivation
Week 12:Meaning and purpose in life: The concept of meaning in life and logo-therapy; Life goals

Books and references

1. W. Weiten, and M. A. Lloyd, Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century, Wadsworth Publishing, 2007
2. R. Harington, Stress, Health and well-being: Thriving in the 21st century, Wadsworth Publishing, 2013.
3. I. Boniwell, Positive psychology in a nutshell, McGraw-Hill Education, 2012.
4. S. Lyubomirsky, The how of happiness, Penguine Press, 2008.

Instructor bio

Prof. Dilwar Hussain

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Dilwar Hussain is an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. His research interests are psychology of traumatic stress, positive psychology and well-being.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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