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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
    • 4.9, 93 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

    For Whom the Alarm Clock Tolls

    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
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    • 39 min
    Working Your Way to Happiness

    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
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    • 39 min
    The Power of a Made-up Ritual

    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
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    • 34 min
    PJ and Alex Love to Gripe

    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
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    • 35 min
    Psychopaths and Superheroes

    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
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    • 34 min
    New Season: The Happiness Lab Returns April 27

    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.
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    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

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Practical science based advice for how to be happy. A great podcast!

Listen and practice the techniques

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Love!

Everyone should listen to this podcast! The world would be a happier place.

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Work for myself as a tradesman in New Zealand, sometimes its lonely and fond myself Unhappy, this podcast has really helped brighteb my days:)

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