Living Made Simpler

The Humanist Approach to Happiness Course

Living Made Simpler - a Humanist Life Skills Course

This is a 6 hour video course that will teach you all about how a Humanist goes about living a happy and fulfilling life.

Cost: $50 to purchase ($15 to rent)

Length: 6 hours

Format: Streaming Video at Vimeo –

Complements my book: The Humanist Approach to Happiness


Life isn’t easy. It is filled with challenges. How we navigate those challenges determines our success in life. If you want to learn more about how to be happy and how to think more effectively about the choices you make, this program will help.

What will you learn?

How to:

  • Make better decisions through critical thinking
  • Improve your interpersonal relationships through compassion
  • Infuse your life with meaning and purpose through ethics

It turns out that when you combine all these different techniques into one approach, you create something that is truly transformative. This is why some of the most influential people in modern history were or are Humanists. You will be amazed at how much easier life is when you make being ethical a priority.

Who should take this course?

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to more effectively navigate through life.
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about how Humanists approach life.
  • Life Coaches (ICF)

Instructor Information:

Jennifer HancockJennifer Hancock is one of the top writers and speakers in the Humanist world today. Author of The Humanist Approach to Happiness and The Humanist Approach to Grief and Grieving.

Jennifer is a 3rd generation Humanist and is able to share her insights into the philosophy and how to apply it to daily life have helped countless people all over the world.

Course Objectives:

1. To introduce participants to the philosophy of Humanism and it’s history
2. To help participants understand the important role ethics plays in every day decision­ making
3. To introduce participants to a variety of critical thinking techniques
4. To help participants understand how and why these critical thinking techniques can help
them make better decisions
5. To explore the role compassion plays in personal happiness
6. To explore altruism and its affects on the practitioner
7. To explore the role personal responsibility has in creating happiness
8. To explore various coping techniques for when things go wrong

Course Topics by Week

1) Overview and Introduction
2) Ethics
3) Critical Thinking Skills
4) The Role of Compassion
5) Personal Responsibility
6) Coping


What other philosophic explorers are saying:

“Thank you. You have helped me sort out so many issues in my Life”. – L. Reisch

“Thank you. I enjoyed the course–took lots of notes. I appreciate all the time and effort you’ve obviously put into this. Your views on living a humanist life have been helpful to me.” – S. Fox

“Jennifer Hancock’s Living Made Simpler Course is a “must” for every humanist and for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Humanist worldview and life stance. I hope she will develop more of these courses in the future.” –  Bob Bhaerman, Director, Kochhar Humanist Education Center

“I am finding it is giving me a greater grounding in my decision making, along with explaining my reasoning to others. … I read the bible and went through all the other major religions looking of answers as a kid, but did not realize what I was looking for was ethics, not theology, to answer my questions of why we should do things.  I did come close though, I came across Confucius, and better yet, I found Mencius who was more coherent in explaining Confucius’s ideas. But, they too lacked a structured reasoning checklist as your “Be Compassionate, Be Responsible, Be Honest”, which I now filter daily issues with. Thanks for the guidance, every much appreciated.” – Jakers

“Thank you for a most interesting course that gave me plenty to consider and a chance to rethink/confirm my own beliefs” – J. McNally, Sarasota

“Thank you for your provocative and enjoyable presentation of this basic introductory course on Humanism. Your slides and lectures were excellent and your interactive style fostered provocative class participation. I highly recommend this course. I always thought of myself as a Humanist and insights from this course gave me a lot to think about.” – G. Deutsch, Sarasota FL

“Living Simpler was definitely an interesting review of fundamental aspects of life that can benefit much from the humanist worldview,  such as ethics,  critical thinking and personal responsibility.   Weekly themes of the course were well selected and clearly presented.  I really enjoyed going through the course.” – P. Franko, Brazil

“I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s lesson. I followed along with a printout of the notes and added many of my own thoughts. I especially enjoyed and benefited from the comparison of humanist ethics to religious ethics.” – P. Koutoulas, Kentucky

“I enjoyed the thought provoking video. I think Jen did an excellent job. I do agree with most of what she said. I agreed with Holy Trinity of Humanist Ethics. I like the idea that acting virtuously is its own reward, as I like to think of it Do Good Because You Are Good. I also agree with the premise that the “purpose” of life is to be “happy”.” – W. Carter, New York

“I really enjoyed the videos – it is well put together, and I learned some things I didn’t know before.  I had never articulated the thought that freedom is only possible when you take responsibility for your own life, and that responsibility has to lead to compassion towards your fellow humans, for one to be really happy. I’m going to carry that around and absorb it – it makes so much sense!” – C. Wagner, South Africa

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