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Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

The Science of Happiness PRX

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    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

    Why Love Needs Laughter

    Why Love Needs Laughter

    Focusing on funny things can reduce stress, anxiety, and make us feel more connected to others. Our guests, who were high school sweethearts, learn how humor can also strengthen relationships.

    • 19 min
    How Music Can Bridge Cultures

    How Music Can Bridge Cultures

    Have you ever been moved by music sung in a language you don't understand? We speak with Gambian musician Sona Jobarteh about how music can connect us across cultures.

    • 18 min
    How Music Soothes Us

    How Music Soothes Us

    What is it about certain melodies that can relax our nerves and rock us to sleep? We explore the science of calming music with pianist Rosey Chan.

    • 17 min
    David Byrne on How Music Connects Us

    David Byrne on How Music Connects Us

    Music helped former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne come out of his shell. Hear Byrne's story and learn how music creates social bonds in part one of our series, The Science of Music and Happiness.

    • 25 min
    Scheduling Time to Feel Awe(some)

    Scheduling Time to Feel Awe(some)

    Feeling awe can boost your mood and make you feel more connected with others. Comedian Chris Duffy learns how to tap into that sense.

    • 19 min
    Why We're Drawn to Nature

    Why We're Drawn to Nature

    What happens when we spend time outdoors? We explore how getting out in nature can restore peace of mind—and make us more creative.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Day 1 Swiftie ,

Thought provoking and inspiring

I just love the perspectives that I gain from each podcast and each guest. The host has such a soothing voice which makes me eager to hear each episode. I've implemented so many of the insights from many of the episodes. It really makes you think and I love that

AnnaliseNZ ,

Great combo of real life humanity meeting science

I absolutely love these podcasts! A great mix of real peoples experiences of positive psychology interventions being shared in such honest ways and then the science arrives... for a Positive Psychology student and geek like me hearing from the researchers is an invaluable opportunity to hear them firsthand as they explore and explain how these real experience meet the science. Dacher is such a fantastic interviewer , leaving people to tell their stories while sharing just enough of his own journey to make it a really warm and interesting listen. Thank you!

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