Good Life Engine

Note: The course will be organized as an online course during fall 2020.

Good Life Engine is a unique nine-month routine and time management course that creates a framework for personal growth by providing dynamics and models for structuring time. In addition, the course addresses global trends of wellbeing, life design and self-development, helping students to build stamina and habits to cope with both successes and failures of life.

Self-improvement is not a miracle. It’s the result of small daily practices and decisions that require more than just patience. That’s why we offer a multidisciplinary course where students of any level learn the importance of psychological and physical balance to prepare for challenges, achieve goals, and maintain a positive attitude in life. Over 9 months, you will build a routine activity, learn how to maintain, iterate and develop it, and in the long run apply the methods and know-how to bigger goals and aspects in life.  One important element of the course is the courage and ability to disassemble the unwanted dysfunctional structures without burning bridges or causing damage to oneself or to others.

As the course focuses on the individual journey of the student, most of the work is done outside the class. There is an online session roughly once every month. Outside those, you’ll be able to develop your routine and report your progress anywhere you want. Less zooming, more living.

“This course should be introduced at the beginning of university studies everywhere.”

– Student feedback

About the course 

This course aims to familiarise students with the concept of steady, daily process and incremental changes. The course introduces wellbeing, mindfulness, design-thinking themes and topics that support and encourage students to manifest ideas.  

We are often told to be flexible and adaptive, to be creative and innovative. However, the ability to either adapt or ideate requires a massive set of skills that can take years to build. One has to know their ambitions, strengths, weaknesses, values and goals. Additionally, one has to be in good health and strength with an open mind, to be able to see what’s important and filter out the irrelevant. Simply speaking, it all comes to daily behavioral patterns that are in line with our goals and values. 

“So far, it has been an interesting and unique experience to attend such a course.”

– Student feedback

In this course, we introduce different themes and advice that encourage students to manifest their inspiration and ideas from wellbeing coaches, psychologists, and business managers. The course covers practical topics to do time management and self-reflection on a very fundamental level, to mind-caring topics helping students to prioritise key elements that lead towards the goal. In order for something new to grow, something old needs to go. 

Over the course, there are various wellbeing and self-development concepts introduced to students. Each concept provides various foundational aspects in life, including for example. self-reflection, mind-body connection, time management and self-compassion. Along with the knowledge, students learn to build a routine activity that is suitable to their personal goals. Once the base has been built, students can start to apply the methods to other aspects or goals in life, as well as to encourage others to build proactive behaviour.

“I feel that this kind of course is very rare and meaningful for all students at Aalto University.”

– Student feedback


The course is open for all Aalto students, so whether you’re working on your Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D., sign up for some new habits and better wellbeing!

Meet the staff

Johannes Kaira


Lidia Borisova

Head of Education

Duong “Linh” Thuy

Course assistant
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