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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.

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    • Social Sciences

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.

    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
    Are You Setting the Right Goals?

    Are You Setting the Right Goals?

    Setting goals can sometimes feel like setting ourselves up for failure. But journalist Monica Campbell finds there's something magical that happens with certain kinds of goals.

    • 20 min
    Healing Through Gratitude

    Healing Through Gratitude

    A stranger helped her through the hardest day of her life. When she expresses her gratitude, our guest encounters the power of true connection.

    • 16 min

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