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The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

By Pushkin Industries  

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale--the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history--Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit: happinesslab.fm

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale--the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history--Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit: happinesslab.fm

 

#47

A Happier Election (with Axios Today)

Elections can make us feel anxious, angry and mistrustful - emotions that are all detrimental to our happiness. Dr Laurie Santos talks to Niala Boodhoo from the news podcast Axios Today about the simple steps we can take to increase our wellbeing during stressful and uncertain times. Check out Axios Today, where Niala delivers the news every week day - in just 10 minutes. Subscribe to Axios Today wherever you get your podcasts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

06 Nov 2020

17 MINS

17:32

06 Nov 2020


#46

The Happiness Lab Presents: Brave New Planet

Introducing Brave New Planet, a seven-part series that delves deep into the powerful technologies changing our world. These technologies have amazing potential upsides, but if we’re not careful, some might leave us a lot worse off.  Brave New Planet is hosted Dr. Eric Lander, president and founding director of The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. To get the world we want, we’ll need to make wise choices. And, those decisions aren’t just up to scientists or politicians. We—all of us—are the stewards of a brave new planet.   Learn more at bravenewplanet.org. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

12 Oct 2020

04 MINS

04:23

12 Oct 2020


#45

Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Buddha

The Buddha was born to a royal family... and it shocked him when he found out that no amount of money or power could keep suffering and loss at bay forever. The quest to accept that life brings us pain was key to the development of Buddhism as a major religion. Dr Laurie Santos is joined by Liz Angowski and Robert Wright (author of 'Why Buddhism is True') to explore The Buddha's teachings about unhappiness and how mindfulness meditation can help us come to terms with the negative feelings we all experience from time to time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

05 Oct 2020

29 MINS

29:47

05 Oct 2020


#44

Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Epictetus

Epictetus was born into slavery and beaten until he was lame... but he became one of Ancient Rome's greatest thinkers by accepting every setback as an opportunity to learn and grow. Philosophy professor Bill Irvine joins Dr Laurie Santos to delve into Stoicism - an ancient school of thought which urges us to reframe how we view the problems we all face and defuse the negative emotions of anger and envy that can be so harmful to our happiness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

28 Sep 2020

29 MINS

29:53

28 Sep 2020


#43

Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Plato

Plato likened us all to charioteers trying to control two wayward horses. The steeds represent the competing wants and desires that constantly pull us off course and away from a happier life. Yale professor Tamar Gendler joins Dr Laurie Santos to examine how the ancient Greek philosopher didn't only diagnose the internal tensions we all face, but also offered a cure. The horses can be made to pull in the direction you command... but each must be coaxed in the right way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

21 Sep 2020

28 MINS

28:12

21 Sep 2020


#42

Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Aristotle

He gave us biology, physics and drama... but Greek philosopher Aristotle also thought deeply about how humans can flourish and live happy lives of virtue. Yale professor Tamar Gendler tells Dr Laurie Santos about Aristotle's wellbeing insights and how he recommended taking daily "baby steps" towards becoming the sort of happy, moderate person we aspire to be. A kind of ancient "fake it, 'til you make it" ethos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

14 Sep 2020

29 MINS

29:16

14 Sep 2020


#41

The Happiness Lab Presents: Revisionist History

The Happiness Lab presents an episode of Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History, in which Malcolm explores the delicate science of hiring nihilism, examined in five deeply-personal case studies. Revisionist History is his journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance. Listen in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

10 Aug 2020

39 MINS

39:23

10 Aug 2020


#40

The Happiness Lab Presents: The Chronicles of Now

Covid-19 has made us all prisoners of our homes. And at times, our families. If the pandemic goes well into 2021, what will an extended quarantine do to our relationships, our country, our daily lives? Roxane Gay, the best selling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, has some ideas. Sex? Yes. Vaccine? No. Narrated by Bahni Turpin. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

09 Jul 2020

19 MINS

19:24

09 Jul 2020


#39

How to Be a Better Ally

You might detest bigotry and injustice, but have you done anything to address these problems? There are many reasons we stay silent and inactive when we know we should intervene to defend the rights of others. We look at the psychology underpinning our reluctance to act and the ways in which we can match our moral beliefs with concrete actions. Featuring James Barr and Dan Hudson, co-hosts of the podcast 'A Gay and a Non-Gay'. WARNING: This episode talks frankly about discrimination, hate crimes and sex. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

29 Jun 2020

42 MINS

42:28

29 Jun 2020


#38

The War For Kindness

Feeling you belong to a group can be great - but it also has a darker side, leading us down an unhappy path of hatred and violence towards people with different identities and backgrounds. Dr Laurie Santos talks to Mina Cikara - whose homeland descended into a bloody civil war - and Jamil Zaki about how we can fight hatred with empathy, kindness and difficult conversations. (Deep canvassing clips courtesy of The Leadership Lab https://leadership-lab.org/ at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.) For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

22 Jun 2020

40 MINS

40:22

22 Jun 2020


#37

Demonic Possessions

Cait Flanders went deep into debt so she could buy all the clothes, books and gadgets she thought would make her happier. It was only when she junked it all that she found that 'doing' rather than 'having' is a better way to spend your salary. Dr Laurie Santos examines why investing in experiences like concerts, vacations and dining out can give us a long-term happiness boost that buying things just can't match. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

15 Jun 2020

28 MINS

28:08

15 Jun 2020


#36

How to Kick Bad Habits (and Start Good Ones)

We all have bad habits - things we eat, drink, do or say that cause us unhappiness. We repeat these behaviours over and over again - almost as if we are on autopilot. But we can break free from them, and use the mechanics of habit formation to make doing good things feel effortless. Dr Laurie Santos meets a scientist who sleeps in her running gear and a former army doctor who went to Vietnam to fight a wave of heroin abuse in the military and discovered something startling about habits. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

08 Jun 2020

37 MINS

37:35

08 Jun 2020


#35

Dial D for Distracted

The world is full of people and things that can make you happy, but you have to notice them to get the full effect. Smartphones are technological marvels, but the hold they have over our limited attention is causing us to miss out on more than we realize. Dr Laurie Santos finds that even having a phone nearby can reduce how happy you feel. Laurie chats with Catherine Price, a science journalist, founder of ScreenLifeBalance.com and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm or visit screenlifebalance.com, the website for guest Catherine Price. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

01 Jun 2020

34 MINS

34:48

01 Jun 2020


#34

For Whom the Alarm Clock Tolls

'Time famine' is when you just don't feel you have a spare moment... and it can make you miserable. It's a feeling Dr Laurie Santos knows only too well, so she seeks help from her time affluence hero, Idler author Tom Hodgkinson. Tom lives life to the full, but he ensures he carves out time to wander around, think, chat with friends and even take naps. He argues that 'idling' is vital to leading a happy, creative and productive existence. Is he right? And if so, what can we all do to break free from the tyranny of time? For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

25 May 2020

39 MINS

39:37

25 May 2020


#33

Working Your Way to Happiness

Marty kills rats... but if you asked him what his job is he'd say it was "solving problems" and "helping people". How we view our work can contribute greatly to our daily levels of happiness - far more than money or status. Dr Laurie Santos examines how we all came to ignore the importance of job satisfaction and hears from Professor Amy Wrzesniewski about "job crafting" - the reframing skill that happy people like Marty use to see their careers as more than just a way to make money. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

18 May 2020

39 MINS

39:44

18 May 2020


#32

The Power of a Made-up Ritual

Vlad's mom taught him a family tradition - remember grandpa when you taste the first fruits of the season. It was odd, but the boy went along with it. Only later when he faced two crushing bereavements of his own did Vlad realise the power of tiny personal rituals to ease his grief. Dr Laurie Santos examines the science behind this effect and explains how rites, ceremonies and rituals could help you deal with events that make you sad - from job rejections to divorce. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

11 May 2020

34 MINS

34:52

11 May 2020


#31

PJ and Alex Love to Gripe

Reply All hosts PJ and Alex love to trade gripes. Their complaints about the minor annoyances of modern life make for great audio, but are the podcasters making a classic mistake? We all like to complain - thinking that venting does us good - but Dr Laurie Santos explains to PJ and Alex that they should gripe less if they want to be happier, and sets them a task to say something nice. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

04 May 2020

35 MINS

35:00

04 May 2020


#30

Psychopaths and Superheroes

We talk a lot about psychopaths - but rarely discuss their polar opposites, super altruists. These are people who go to extreme lengths to help others - even though their acts of kindness might cost them time, money or expose them to physical danger. These folk are also happier than the rest of us. A super altruist once saved the life of psychology professor Abigail Marsh - so she devoted her career to understanding what drives these amazing and happy people and how we call all learn to be more like them. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

27 Apr 2020

34 MINS

34:56

27 Apr 2020


#29

New Season: The Happiness Lab Returns April 27

Do you want to be happier? Complain less? Enjoy your work more? Find time for the things that matter to you? Yale's Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on her Ivy League psychology course, Laurie returns with a new season of shows that will change the way you think about becoming happier. The Happiness Lab from Pushkin Industries returns April 27. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

23 Apr 2020

01 MINS

01:07

23 Apr 2020


#28

BONUS: Good Screens and Bad Screens

The pandemic has us all glued to our smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs - they give us important information, vital social contact and much needed distraction. But Catherine Price (founder of Screen/Life Balance and author of How To Break Up With Your Phone) shares her tips on how to make sure our new screen habits improve our lockdown lives rather than exacerbate our problems and anxieties. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

20 Apr 2020

26 MINS

26:24

20 Apr 2020


#27

BONUS: Helping the Helpers

The heaviest burden of Covid-19 has fallen on the shoulders of medical staff, first responders and others who care for the sick and vulnerable. These people are saving lives, while putting their own health and mental wellbeing at risk. Several doctors and nurses have written asking for advice on the small ways they can make their daily lives a little easier to bear. So we asked cardiologist and wellbeing expert Dr Michael Rocha to explain the ways he's preparing for shifts on a Covid ward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

16 Apr 2020

42 MINS

42:15

16 Apr 2020


#26

BONUS: Laurie's Personal Tips

Many people seek Laurie's advice on how to be happier despite this awful pandemic. Prof Katy Milkman invited Laurie to appear on the Choiceology podcast to talk about the things she is doing personally to optimise her happiness amid the fear and stress. We thought we'd share Katy's interview with you so you can hear Laurie on the other side of the microphone for a change. (Choiceology is an original podcast from Charles Schwab. Dr Laurie Santos and The Happiness Lab are not affiliated with Schwab and the views expressed may not necessarily reflect those of The Charles Schwab Corporation or its affiliates.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

09 Apr 2020

39 MINS

39:13

09 Apr 2020


#25

The Happiness Lab Presents: Checking In with Susan David

The Happiness Lab Presents: Checking In with Susan David, a podcast where Susan David—a psychologist at Harvard Medical School— offers strategies to cope with our heightened emotions during this global pandemic. This show is an urgent response to an urgent moment—a support system, toolkit, and understanding voice during a time of great uncertainty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

06 Apr 2020

13 MINS

13:38

06 Apr 2020


#24

BONUS: Keep Your Relationship Healthy

The health of our romantic relationships is in peril thanks to the many stresses and strains of the pandemic lockdown. Couples might be facing huge emotional and financial challenges at the same time as being tightly confined to their homes. But psychologist Eli Finkel (author The All-or-Nothing Marriage) says there are ways to weather the crisis without destroying your partnership - and there might even be opportunities to hit the reset button and address problems that in normal times you just let slide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

02 Apr 2020

29 MINS

29:17

02 Apr 2020


#23

BONUS: Help Others to Help Yourself

College student Liam Elkind studied happiness in the class taught by Dr Laurie Santos. When the Covid 19 crisis hit, he knew exactly what to do to fight the negative emotions this pandemic arouses in us all - he helped set up a volunteer group called Invisible Hands to support vulnerable neighbors. Compassion expert David DeSteno explains why helping others can improve our own wellbeing while protecting us from emotional burnout. And with a guided meditation Dr Santos shows that compassion is thing we can nurture and develop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

30 Mar 2020

31 MINS

31:31

30 Mar 2020


#22

BONUS: Calm Can Be Contagious

In normal times our minds can be filled with unhelpful thoughts, but during this crisis you might be finding it even harder to calm your anxious internal monologue. Meditation could be helpful. Dan Harris (host of the Ten Percent Happier podcast) had a panic attack while reading the news live on ABC - and found that meditating brought him a calm he'd never previously known. He tells Dr Laurie Santos how we can all use simple meditations to help us and our families during the pandemic. The show includes a guided meditation from Dr Santos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

26 Mar 2020

41 MINS

41:36

26 Mar 2020


#21

BONUS: Rising to a Challenge

We always face problems and setbacks - but the coronavirus has dramatically upended many of our lives in a few short weeks. Allowing sadness, anger or fear to dominate us does little to help. We should instead learn from the Greek Stoics - philosophers who embraced challenges with humor, grace and perspective. Bill Irvine (author of The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient) explains some simple ways that you can train yourself to reduce negative emotions and put on your "game face" when you find obstacles in your path. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ... Read more

23 Mar 2020

29 MINS

29:21

23 Mar 2020