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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. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit: happinesslab.fm

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos Pushkin Industries

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 95 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. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit: happinesslab.fm

    The Happiness Lab Presents: Brave New Planet

    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.
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    • 4 min
    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Buddha

    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.
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    • 29 min
    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Epictetus

    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.
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    • 29 min
    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Plato

    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.
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    • 28 min
    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Aristotle

    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.
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    • 29 min
    The Happiness Lab Presents: Revisionist History

    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.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

alsterpeerle ,

Makes you happy (and you‘ll learn, too)

This podcast is so inpiring! Carefully picked topics, with interesting twists and turns. Amazing guests, who‘s experiences will sometimes blow you mind or make you cry. And in every episode there is something new to learn or to think about. Thank you!

LouieMJ ,

Insightful, light-hearted, powerful stuff.

I thoroughly enjoy this podcast and Dr Santos’ approach. What got me hooked what her motivation for designing a new course for her students in need. I really respect her for that. One thing I’d like more of is a bit more neuroscience behind our behaviour and beliefs.

I rock 'cause I roll ,

Truly amazing

Dear Dr Santos, I heard you talking on Sam Harris‘ Podcast and liked the episode so much that I looked for your podcast! And what can I say, Sam was right. Your podcast is really really awesome. I like that the episodes aren’t too long and I like the way you explain things. The stories and topics are very interesting and I love the structure you follow in each episode. I will suggest this podcast to all of my English speaking/listening friends! Thank you for your work, I really do appreciate and enjoy the podcast! ❤️

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