24 Top Rated Online Courses In Personal Development

In recent years online courses have become popular learning tools. But with so many choices available it can be a bit like looking for needles in a haystack to find the best ones.

We found the needles for you.

Here are some of the top rated personal development courses available online . . .


Mind and Soul

Create a Perfect Morning Routine

You will learn how to create a morning routine filled with purpose, presence, and peace. You’ll be more energized, productive, and content — all before the start of your workday. Start your morning by doing things that feed your soul and make you happy.

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

This course, based on an award-winning class offered at the Indian School of Business and at The University of Texas at Austin draws content from a variety of fields, including psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral decision theory to offer a tested and practical recipe for leading a life of happiness and fulfillment.

The Power Of Happiness

Learn how to train your brain to look for happiness patterns, utilize your greatest talents and skills, find balance between nutrition, sleep & movement, and more. Based on a literature review of 246 happiness studies, an audit of happiness data from over 12,000 people, and 4 years of research.

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

In this class, you’ll learn how to examine the “life story” that has brought you to where you are today. Shift your thinking and instead of being part of the society factory, learn how to focus on life as a journey to be experienced fully, rather than a means to an end. Fix dysfunctional attitudes by understanding the root of things that might be blocking you, and more.

Become a SuperLearner V2: Learn Speed Reading & Boost Memory

This course will teach you how to hack your learning, reading, and memory skills, empowering you to learn faster and more effectively. This course goes beyond “speed-reading”, diving into the actual cognitive and neurological factors that make learning easier and more successful.

Critical Thinker Academy: Learn to Think Like a Philosopher

Learning how to think is more important than learning what to think. In this course you will learn why critical thinking is important. The difference between logic and argumentation. What makes an argument good or bad. The importance of background knowledge for critical thinking. Techniques of argument analysis and reconstruction, and more.

Self-Confidence: 40-minute Confidence & Self Esteem Guide

Boost your confidence and self esteem, handle fear of rejection, learn powerful body language, feel great about yourself. In this course you’ll learn strategies for becoming more confident — most of which can be implemented straight away.

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

You’ll learn about how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates information. The course also covers illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.

Finding Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

If you’ve been searching for your true purpose in life, Eckhart Tolle has some straightforward advice: stop struggling. For the primary purpose of every human being is simply to be: fully engaged in this moment, and aligned with the natural flow of reality itself.

Freedom to Choose Something Different by Pema Chödrön

If you’ve been struggling with reacting in less than ideal ways to various situations, whether you lash out, write nasty letters, or shut down, this course by a renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and writer will teach you how to change those patterns and react in a more grounded, calm way.

Mindfulness Practice for Joy & Compassion by Thich Nhat Hanh

A world famous Buddhist monk will teach you how to find happiness and access the “Kingdom of God” in the here and now. You’ll practice mindfulness techniques, including meditation and simple breathing methods, so you can concentrate fully and connect with all the life that surrounds you.

Meet your brain: a short introduction to neuroscience

This course will walk you through the different brain structures, breaking down complex theories into easy to digest chunks of information. The narrative style is humorous, without overdoing it, as not to overshadow the fascinating content being conveyed.

The Science of Everyday Thinking

This course explores 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. Topics include placebos, the paranormal, medicine, miracles, and more.

What Is a Mind?

Perspectives from a range of disciplines, to explore four specific aspects of the mind- subjectivity, intentionality, consciousness and agency. Together, these will help you think about the fundamental questions: what it is to be a mind, why we have a mind and what it feels like to have a mind.

Master your brain: Neuroscience for personal development

Discover how this approach can help with stress, self confidence, motivation, change, communication, and relations. It combines the fields of neurosciences, social psychology, behavioral sciences and many more to come up with one overlaying, comprehensive theory which gives unique insights in our complex human nature.

Introduction to Psychology

This course will highlight the most interesting experiments within the field of psychology, discussing the implications of those studies for our understanding of the human mind and human behavior. Exploring the brain and some of the cognitive abilities it supports like memory, learning, attention, perception and consciousness, and more.


Work Related

Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course

This course begins with an introduction into what it means to be a freelancer, regardless of what industry you work in. You’ll realize that you have the opportunity to take control of your career, regardless of your previous experience, by seeing the world the way your clients do.

How to Present: Share Ideas That Inspire Action by Simon Sinek

You’ll learn how to identify your passions, speak with conviction, transform nerves into natural energy, and articulate what you really want to say. This class is perfect for creatives, professionals, conference speakers, and everyone looking to make lasting connections.

Master Your People Skills

This course will show you how to effectively communicate with partners, clients, and colleague. You’ll learn communication methods and relationship-building strategies that will transform your interactions. Increase your likability, deal with difficult people, be a master conversationalist, and quickly identify personality types.

Productivity Habits That Stick: Using Time Theming

Join Mike Vardy as he shares how creating a simple, flexible, durable productivity system will transform the way you work. After taking this class, you’ll have an arsenal of strategies to personalize your productivity and ensure you’re getting the right things done, freeing time and energy so you can focus on the things that matter.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity Workshop

The best-selling author of Eat Pray Love will equip you with the practical tools and inspiration to jump-start your own creative journey. You’ll learn why perfectionism, originality, and passion are overrated and why we should instead strive to be authentic doers who follow our curiosity.

Creative Leadership Toolkit: Curiosity, History, and Discovery

Learn how to seek, shape, and achieve a truly creative career. Go behind-the-scenes with John Maeda as he explores curiosity, why history is the heart of innovation, how to instigate discovery, and the core of creative leadership. The class journeys through examples from John’s storied career, and features exclusive interviews with a dozen creative leaders.

Seth Godin’s Leadership Workshop

This course is an active journey of self-reflection. You’ll learn to distinguish between leaders and managers, paint a picture of where you want your leadership journey to go, and motivate people to join you in your cause. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn that you can lead even when you don’t have formal authority.

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence, hope, mindfulness, and compassion help a person reverse the damage of chronic stress and build great leadership relationships. The Positive and Negative Emotional Attractors inspire sustained, desired change and learning at many levels.


P.S. Some of these courses are free, but if you decide to enroll in any of the paid ones hosted by Udemy, Skillshare, or CreativeLive (using the links above) you’ll be supporting the Personal Growth publication. Thanks for your support.