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Can you really learn how to be happy? Well, Ivy-League University Yale certainly thinks so.

The world-famous American college created a course called 'Psychology and the Good Life' which became the most popular class in the course's history last year, according to Stylist.

The happiness class is now open to everyone online, and we're more than a little bit tempted to get in on this magic. The age-old question of the secret to happiness has been circulating for centuries.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sparking joy can happen through a variety of different mindsets and methods. For some of us, all we need is a kickass Spotify playlist or a trip to the dancefloor with our friends, while others need to be outdoors and delete all of their social media accounts. To each their own.

The art of happiness is an art form that we can only pursue by switching up our daily routines, and getting in on those feel-good vibes. Yale is here to help us get closer to the sacred state of mind.

Yale has been around for 317 years, and still the happiness class is by far it's most popular course to ever be taught. Last year, the class debuted to global attention when 1,200 students (nearly a quarter of Yale's undergrad student body) enrolled in the course, led by psychology Professor Laurie Santos.

'Psychology and the Good Life' was created in direct response to skyrocketing levels of student stress, anxiety and depression at Yale and teaches practical advice about finding the fight career path, satisfying pursuits and how to cultivate happiness in our everyday lives.

Santos has since created an extended version of the course; The Science Of Well-Being, filmed in her own house, which can be taken online for free.

Absolutely anyone can enroll, so why not try it? It's got a varied curriculum that explores topics including misconceptions about happiness, why our expectations around joy are so low, how to overcome our inner biases, activities that have been proven to boost satisfaction, and how to put strategies into practice.

The course description states; “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,” the course description reads.

Don't stress if academia isn't your background and there are no compulsory texts. If you're feeling overwhelmed at the thought of studying, don't be; these deadlines are flexible and there are no comebacks if you miss one. Go at your own pace.

They also give you the chance to communicate with your classmates, and carry out video lectures, quizzes and 'rewirement' activities for building healthier habits.

The Science Of Well-Being is available for free on Coursera, audited for free or carried out with certification for €44.20. The pursuit of happiness doesn't seem so impossible now, does it?

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Joy Clothing is under fire this week after an email newsletter sent out to all of their customers was branded as sexist.

People are outraged by the retailer, who have more than 25 stores across the UK, as the comments in the email are seen as outdated and from "the 1950s."

The newsletter, entitled "Meet The Parents" is all about covering up on Christmas Day to please the whims of your boyfriend's (or "little prince's") parents.

"Show your boyfriend's Mum you're the girl to take care of her little prince in beautiful dresses that scream marriage material," reads the email.

"Knee length skirts exude class while respectable necklines mean Father-In-Law won't have a heart attack when you lean across the table for a second helping of roast potatoes."

The email is under fire, with many customers taking to Twitter and Facebook to slate the brand. 

"Try to refrain from blasting out your 1950s heteronormative advertising for 2017. You might win a few more customers," said one angry customer. 

"Also, if anyone's partner's dad is ogling their boobs over dinner, punch him square in the nose and take that meal to go."

The brand told the Daily Mail: “We acknowledge that we missed the mark with our phrasing and apologise deeply to all our customers who feel offended, as this was certainly not our intention. We treasure and value our customers greatly.”

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Jennifer Lawrence has had a pretty impressive run since she took up the baton of the Mockingjay in the formidable Hunger Games series.

Yep, our girl has been on quite the journey since she first hit our screens as our ultimate girl crush, Katniss Everdeen.

Not only has she gone and swooped up an Oscar during her five years working on the series but she has also been named entertainer of the year by Entertainment Weekly, is nabbing character roles ten years her senior and is apparently worth more than any other actress of Hollywood.

Yeah, she’s pretty hot right now.

And just when you thought she could not get any cooler, she has gone and found herself a squad to rival Taylor's, has continuously killed it on the red carpet and still manages to remain her HILARIOUS self. 

Now that the Hunger Games has reached its inevitable conclusion and the press stints are drawing to a close, surely Jen is going to have a lot of free time on her hands. So what is next for the rising star?

1) Joy

Jen will be straight back out doing press after Christmas for her next film, Joy, where she is once again joined by her ultimate on screen beau, Bradley Cooper as well as cinematic royalty, Robert de Niro.  

The film is a biographical comedy-drama following Joy Mangano, a single mother of three who throughout four generations builds her own business empire after creating the ‘miracle mop.’

2) X-Men: Apocalypse

Jennifer will also be reprising her role as Mystique in the next instalment of the X-men series due for release in the Spring.

3) Passengers

Little is yet known about this project, except that it will be a sci-fi drama and Jen will co-star opposite Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen. 

The story follows a spacecraft bringing thousands of hibernating people to a faraway planet. One passenger has a problem in his sleep chamber and he decides to wake up another sleeper,  instead of spending the next 60 years on board alone.

We will have to wait until the end of next year for this one folks! 

4) Writing

And of course Jennifer wants to expand her talents off screen. J-Law is working with her BFF Amy Schumer and Amy’s sister, Kim, on a comedy screenplay.

"They are the funniest motherf—kers that ever lived. They're brilliant writers, too. And fast! The script is pretty much good to go. We work really well together—it's been the most fun thing ever! All I do is laugh."

It is safe to say we are LIVING for that movie. 

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It looks like you might live to see another day where Jennifer Lawrence falls at the Oscars!

J Law stars in a new Christmas movie, Joy which is her third collaboration with Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle director David O Russell. 

The film hits cinemas on Christmas day in America, and it is already building an awards season buzz, even though it didn't play early in any festivals. 

The movie stars Jennifer as Joy Mangano, the inventor of the self-wringing Miracle Mop (weird, we know), and she also reunites with her Silver Linings co-star Bradley Cooper (yes!) and Robert DeNiro. 

And if that doesn't convince you that this movie is going to be GREAT, then watch the trailer below:

 

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SHEmazing! TV is here to deliver your round-up of all the Showbiz News.

Today’s highlights include:

  • Find out which Kardashian tot is learning to speak French
  • Remember The Situation from Jersey Shore? He’s not having a very ‘tantastic’ time at the moment
  • J-Law has been getting interesting texts in the middle of the night. Who’s been sending them?
  • Worrying news about Rob Kardashian. Is he addicted to drugs?
  • Will Katie Price be the next pop sensation?

Emma Power reports.

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