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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

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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.

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    Relax and Win from Legacy of Speed

    Relax and Win from Legacy of Speed

    Sharing a new Pushkin show, Legacy of Speed. When two Black sprinters raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Olympic Games, it shook the world. More than 50 years later, the ripple effects of their activism are still felt. Host Malcolm Gladwel tells the stories of the runners who took a stand, and the coaches and mentors who helped make them fast enough — and brave enough — to change the world.

    In this episode, we hear how coach Bud Winter took what he learned from working with fighter pilots in World War II and created a system for training sprinters at San Jose State. His “Relax and Win” methods used breathing, visualization and other unconventional coaching techniques to create a powerhouse track program. Another thing that made him unique at the time? His focus on recruiting Black athletes to a mostly white school.

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    Social Media and our Brains with CNN’s Chasing Life

    Social Media and our Brains with CNN’s Chasing Life

    “Is social media bad for our brains?” asks Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN’s Chasing Life. Dr. Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent talks about social media and how, while it can be a place for community and entertainment, it can also be harmful for our mental health. He speaks to social media researcher Prof. Dar Meshi about what social media is doing to our brains, and why we need to set healthy boundaries around our social media use.

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    • 27 min
    Social Media and our Brains with CNN’s Chasing Life

    Social Media and our Brains with CNN’s Chasing Life

    “Is social media bad for our brains?” asks Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN’s Chasing Life. Dr. Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent talks about social media and how, while it can be a place for community and entertainment, it can also be harmful for our mental health. He speaks to social media researcher Prof. Dar Meshi about what social media is doing to our brains, and why we need to set healthy boundaries around our social media use.

    Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Connection Through Community

    Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Connection Through Community

    Sharing a special preview of Pushkin's newest show, Well-Read Black Girl. Glory Edim started a book club called Well-Read Black Girl in 2015, and since then it's exploded into a passionate, worldwide reading community. She aims to amplify the voices of BIPOC writers and celebrate their literary achievements, using the power of conversation to help her members to connect with each other and grow as people. 

    Social connection is a topic we talk about a lot on The Happiness Lab. There’s lots of evidence that community and social connections are key ingredients for our well-being. The Well-Read Black Girl community embodies this spirit perfectly— group members share their experiences about their favorite writers and express their admiration so beautifully. On the Well-Read Black Girl podcast, Glory has deep, honest conversations with authors of color about the art, craft and power of the written word. You'll hear from luminaries like Tarana Burke, Gabrielle Union, Anita Hill, and more, about how they found their voice, honed their craft, navigated the wild world of publishing, and showed up in the world. We hope listening to this clip will give you a little boost of positive emotion and community. 




    You can listen to more episodes of Well-Read Black Girl at https://link.chtbl.com/happinesslabgloryedim

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    • 16 min
    Burnout and How to Avoid It

    Burnout and How to Avoid It

    If you dread getting out of bed in the morning; if you are bad tempered with co-workers, clients or customers; if you leave work feeling an exhaustion that goes way beyond tiredness... it could be that you're burned out. 

    Jonathan Malesic felt all these things as a successful academic, and reflected wistfully on his previous job working as a parking lot attendant. Could it be that taking a high status, high paying job was making him miserable and pushing him beyond the limits of his endurance? Jonathan shares what he learned about burnout while researching his bookThe End Of Burnout: Why Work Drains Us, And How To Build Better Lives. 

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    • 33 min
    Exclusive for Pushkin+ members: Meditation on Burnout

    Exclusive for Pushkin+ members: Meditation on Burnout

    In the final installment in the series of special meditations made exclusively for Pushkin+ subscribers, Dr. Laurie Santos will focus on a feeling many of us are experiencing these days: burnout. Dr. Santos utilizes a classic style of meditation called Metta, where love, kindness, and understanding are given to those around us, and to ourselves. As this practice builds on the conversation between with Dr. Laurie Santos and Jonathan Malesic, we recommend listening to the burnout episode between the two before practicing this meditation.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Kerryman02 ,

Worth a listen

Just started listening & really like what I hear, Laurie comes across as very knowledgeable and communicates really well, looking forward to the remaining podcasts.

Largeynomates ,

The Happiness Lab

Excellent podcast which overturns so much you “knew” about being happy. Invest your time in this, you’ll be rewarded.

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