9 episodes

If the happiest man alive called you, what would you do? He proposed something simple, a scientific challenge. Either prove him right or prove him wrong. This is the story of what happened next.

Happiest Man Alive Amanda Maxham

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

If the happiest man alive called you, what would you do? He proposed something simple, a scientific challenge. Either prove him right or prove him wrong. This is the story of what happened next.

    I Am Not a Squirrel

    I Am Not a Squirrel

    What am I? After being spit out by a black hole, Amanda reassesses, realigns, and starts a new season of Happiest Man Alive podcast. From the top. This season begins with the realization that she is human, not squirrel. Tal gushes about his squirrel friends and gets scientific about happiness, starting with a premise. Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. Understanding human nature is the first step toward commanding your happiness.

    • 34 min
    One in Eight Billion

    One in Eight Billion

    I have a better chance of getting struck by lighting than the happiest man alive picking up the phone and calling me.

    • 14 min
    Logical Perspective

    Logical Perspective

    The next logical thing to do is to put out an advertisement for the real Happiest Man Alive to call me.

    • 14 min
    Amanda on the Moon

    Amanda on the Moon

    I decide that the best way to prove he's the Happiest Man Alive is to try his system out on myself. 

    • 12 min
    Mining

    Mining

    It may be easy to spot gemstones in the dirt, but it's not as easy to dig inside yourself to find the things you truly love.

    • 14 min
    Good Things

    Good Things

    The way to happiness is paved with good things. Will I be able to find the road?

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

@eudaimoniacal ,

Love it!

Happiest Man Alive is a fascinating and vulnerable psychological case study of what it means to actually take your life seriously, learning to live it doing the things you love and removing the obstacles in your way. It takes real bravery and commitment to yourself to really examine the good and bad in your life, even more to make the radical changes to go after what you love, and still more to share that process with the world, so thank you Amanda Maxham.

As a real junkie for stories of hardcore introspection and all-in attempts at self-improvement, it’s hard to find something not to like here. Amanda makes earnest efforts to struggle and learn about herself, Tal gives great advice and inspiration, and progress actually seems to get made slowly but surely. Too many of these self-improvement kinds of stories end up with the hero throwing up their hands or learning to settle for the status quo or reaching success but not quite happiness. This story sounds different in a promising way so far.

Also, for those of us who, like me, are more used to listening to hours of lectures and talk shows, Happiest Man Alive is a breath of fresh air in terms of sound design. I can see that there is a reason Amanda Maxham seems to have the reputation as the go-to podcaster in certain circles. I’m just glad her energy is focused on presenting Tal’s Happiness Team techniques because there’s a lot of people who could benefit from them, myself definitely included.

Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to know what comes next. I’m excited to learn more of Tal’s techniques and also hear what the life of the happiest woman alive is like in the end.

Mamadank ,

Great podcast

The advertisement was brilliant, the podcast is even better. Great job Amanda, well done. Keep going.

RobertNasir ,

A Mystery …

It’s a real mystery, the question of whether The Subject really is The Happiest Man On Earth … and whether his approach can be adopted to make the host … and the audience … achieve a similar eudaimonia.

Episodes are presented as an NPR weekend show style narrative … think This American Life … and the host takes her time; she’s in no hurry to answer the rhetorical and practical questions she raises!

Interested to see just where this will lead.

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