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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. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos Pushkin Industries

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 651 Ratings

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. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

    Hidden Brain: Laurie Talks Monkeys and Bad Money Decisions.

    Hidden Brain: Laurie Talks Monkeys and Bad Money Decisions.

    Hidden Brain is a weekly podcast hosted by Shankar Vedantam. It's a show about science and human behaviour we think you'll enjoy. Dr Laurie Santos was a guest on the show - so we thought you'd appreciate a chance to hear her tell Shankar all about her research work on monkeys and what they tells us about how our own biases surrounding financial decisions developed.
    If you like this episode of Hidden Brain subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts or find out more at https://hiddenbrain.org/  
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    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Lao Tzu

    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Lao Tzu

    The challenges of life often cause us to work frantically to overcome our difficulties - but the Chinese thinker Lao Tzu recommended that instead we should emulate the slow, steady, yet powerful flow of a river.
    Solala Towler has studied and taught the principles of Daoism for more than 30 years - and explains how we can implement them into our daily lives. Things like retaining our childlike wonder, being content to go with the flow, and appreciating moderation in all things so that we don't burn ourselves out.
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    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Confucius

    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Confucius

    The Covid pandemic has robbed us of many rituals and ceremonies we took for granted - from simple handshakes to elaborate graduation ceremonies. Their loss is important - rituals contribute to our happiness in so many ways. Something the ancient Chinese teacher Confucius contemplated deeply.
    Harvard professor Peter Bol (who teaches ChinaX at edx.org) explains why Confucius thought that ritual behaviours can bring us and our communities peace and joy - but why we need to create traditions and rules and customs that serve others, not just ourselves.
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    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Forgiveness

    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Forgiveness

    Miroslav Volf teaches at Yale Divinity School - and is celebrated for his work on reconciliation and forgiveness. But book learning alone does not explain this focus.
    Miroslav’s brother was killed in a childhood accident, and the Volf family’s journey through misery and hatred finally ended in a powerful act of forgiveness inspired by Christian teachings. He tells Dr Laurie Santos how seeking to "unglue" the deed from the doer is a gift we can give others and ourselves.
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    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Day of Rest

    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Day of Rest

    Sarah Hurwitz worked 24/7 at Harvard, and barely took time off as she built a career in DC writing speeches for first Hillary Clinton and then Michelle Obama. Sarah would even take her cell phone into the shower.
    But as she explored the teachings of Judaism, she began to appreciate the vital importance of the commandment to observe a day of rest, and found that sometimes doing less made her happier.
    Sarah is author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There).
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
651 Ratings

651 Ratings

Diane336586 ,

Refreshing

Insightful conversations on how to become a happier person. Practical tips shared that can easily be introduced in everybody life to walk towards happiness.
I would love to see the interviewer discussing with people from more diverse backgrounds (not only professor, doctors or students from her class).

Justin Coulson ,

Accessible real science

Laurie has created a podcast that gives listeners the science of well-being in a practical, accessible, and simple format - without the jargon. First class production values, this is a high quality podcast by a high quality academic researcher. Get into it.

aliwighton ,

So many nuggets of knowledge

I stumbled across this podcast and I’m so glad I did. Such an interesting and relevant topic to life today. Really engaging stories to highlight the topics - always with a take home message and strategy available to everyone. I’ve shared this far and wide in the hope that more people can gain from it what I have been able to. It truely will make you happier 😊

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