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.
Laurie Gets a Fun-tervention (Part Two: Beach Party)
Dr Laurie Santos doesn't have so much fun these days - which is really bad for her health and wellbeing. So Catherine Price (author of The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again) is staging an emergency fun-tervention which will take Laurie to the beach and totally out of her comfort zone.
Pushnik: Tom Vanderbilt on the Fun of Being a Beginner
EXCLUSIVE TO PUSHNIK MEMBERS: A lot of us have given up doing new things. In adulthood we neglect new hobbies and leisure pursuits, and think we can't pick up new skills. But taking on fresh challenges and learning from scratch can bring us great joy. Dr Laurie Santos is on a mission to recapture some of the carefree fun she experienced in her youth, so asks Tom Vanderbilt (author of Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning) for some pointers on taking the plunge and trying something new.
Laurie Gets a Fun-tervention (Part One)
Peter Pan was her childhood hero, but Dr Laurie Santos woke up one day and realised she'd broken the cardinal rule of Neverland - she'd grown up and stopped having fun.
Research suggests that goofing off and enjoying yourself is vitally important to your health, productivity and wellbeing. So Laurie asks Catherine Price (author of The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again) to come to her rescue and stage an emergency fun-tervention.
Pushnik: Poet Ross Gay on Finding Delight Every Day
EXCLUSIVE TO PUSHNIK MEMBERS: The spring flowers, snorting laughs, people who walk their cats on leashes. Beautiful, joyous and remarkable things are all around us every day of our lives... but sometimes we just don't notice or value them. Poet Ross Gay set himself the challenge to hunt out "delights" every day for a year - and write a record of what he had seen. The experiment opened up a new and delightful world for him - a world that had been right under his nose all along.
Dr Laurie Santos asks Ross about the importance of stopping to notice "delights" as a way to find greater happiness through gratitude, perspective and social connection.
BONUS: How to Handle Change
Change is the only certainty in life. We may desperately want to change ourselves and our surroundings, or we may fear the disruption and distress some changes bring. Dr Laurie Santos talks to change expert Dr Maya Shankar (host of A Slight Change of Plans) about how we can put change in perspective and learn to fear it less; and also how we can bring about far greater changes in ourselves than we ever thought possible.
Laurie and Maya also take a few listener questions.
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The Kindness of Strangers
When Kitty Genovese was murdered, her family and the wider world was told that bystanders watched, but did nothing to intervene. Psychologists tried to explain this callous inaction with a popular theory - the "bystander effect".
Dr Laurie Santos was taught this theory - that most people won't in step help - but talking to Kitty's brother and Lady Gaga's mother she reveals that the "bystander effect" is wrong. People do like helping out, and we get a happiness boost from being kind. So how do we encourage more bystanders to intervene?