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In this series, Arthur C. Brooks seeks to uncover how we can live more joyful lives. Through scientific discussions and an exploration of what happiness is, Arthur will uncover the how-tos of happy living and assign you exercises to make happiness a daily practice. Listen in as Arthur explores loneliness, friendships, mindfulness, and meditation with psychologists, friends, and experts—and reveals the wisdom and skills necessary for building a happier life. 
If you have any questions, stories, or feedback, please email us at howtopodcast@theatlantic.com or leave us a voicemail at 925-967-2091.

How to Build a Happy Life The Atlantic

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    • 4.6 • 5 Ratings

In this series, Arthur C. Brooks seeks to uncover how we can live more joyful lives. Through scientific discussions and an exploration of what happiness is, Arthur will uncover the how-tos of happy living and assign you exercises to make happiness a daily practice. Listen in as Arthur explores loneliness, friendships, mindfulness, and meditation with psychologists, friends, and experts—and reveals the wisdom and skills necessary for building a happier life. 
If you have any questions, stories, or feedback, please email us at howtopodcast@theatlantic.com or leave us a voicemail at 925-967-2091.

    Loneliness, Lending a Hand, and Living Life Around People

    Loneliness, Lending a Hand, and Living Life Around People

    The irony in loneliness is that we all share in the experience of it. In this episode of How to Build a Happy Life, we sit down to discuss isolated living and Americans’ collective struggle to create a relationship-centric life. As we continue along our journey to happiness we ask: How can I build my life around people? 
    This episode features Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General. 
    This episode was produced by Rebecca Rashid and hosted by Arthur Brooks. Editing by A.C. Valdez. Fact-check by Ena Alvarado. Sound design by Michael Raphael.
    Be part of How to Build a Happy Life. Write to us at howtopodcast@theatlantic.com or leave us a voicemail at 925.967.2091.
    Music by Trevor Kowalski (“Lion’s Drift,” “This Valley of Ours,” “Una Noche De Luces”), Stationary Sign (“Loose in the Park”), and Spectacles Wallet and Watch (“Last Pieces”).

    • 41 min
    Manage Your Feelings, So They Don't Manage You

    Manage Your Feelings, So They Don't Manage You

    Only when we admit we have a problem can we begin to find solutions. On the first episode of How To Build a Happy Life, we explore the neuroscience of emotional management, practices that help us befriend our inner monologue, and challenges to getting in touch with our feelings. Our journey to happier living starts with the question: How do I feel right now?
    This episode features Dan Harris, former ABC News anchor, meditation expert and founder of Ten Percent Happier.
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    This episode was produced by Rebecca Rashid and hosted by Arthur Brooks. Editing by A.C. Valdez, Katherine Wells, and Gillian White. Fact-check by Ena Alvarado. Sound design by Michael Raphael. 
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    Do you like what you hear? Read Arthur's columns on self-awareness, success addiction, and why failure is OK.
    Be part of How To Build a Happy Life. Write to us at howtopodcast@theatlantic.com or leave us a voicemail at 925.967.2091.
    Music by Trevor Kowalski ("Lion's Drift," "This Valley of Ours," "Una Noche De Luces"), Stationary Sign ("Loose in the Park"), and Spectacles Wallet and Watch ("Last Pieces").
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    • 38 min
    Introducing: How to Build a Happy Life

    Introducing: How to Build a Happy Life

    Welcome to How to Build a Happy Life! In this series, host Arthur Brooks digs into research and offers tools to help you live more joyfully. Join us for deep conversations with psychologists, experts, and friends of The Atlantic's Chief Happiness Correspondent. For more info, visit www.theatlantic.com/happy

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Customer Reviews

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Drs Gabershler ,

Brooks needs to learn how to interview

This podcast has so much potential! But it’s not there yet. Statements disguised as questions is just irritating to listen to. If this is going to succeed as a podcast Brooks needs to: 1. Learn how to interview. Interviewing is about storytelling and your guest, not your own cleverness; 2. Improve significantly the quality of the audio. The audio is tinny and clearly not professionally recorded; and, 3. Improve the editing: the audio clips in the promos are too long and stop with the references to being a social scientist. Your audience isn’t stupid. This could be a great podcast but needs more work to bring up its overall quality.

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