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Join How to Be a Better Human as we take a look within and beyond ourselves.

How to Be a Better Human isn’t your average self improvement podcast. Each week join comedian Chris Duffy in conversation with guests and past speakers as they uncover sharp insights and give clear takeaways on how YOU can be a better human.

From your work to your home and your head to your heart, How to Be a Better Human looks in unexpected places for new ways to improve and show up for one another. Inspired by the popular series of the same name on TED’s Ideas blog, How to Be a Better Human will help you become a better person from the comfort of your own headphones.

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Join How to Be a Better Human as we take a look within and beyond ourselves.

How to Be a Better Human isn’t your average self improvement podcast. Each week join comedian Chris Duffy in conversation with guests and past speakers as they uncover sharp insights and give clear takeaways on how YOU can be a better human.

From your work to your home and your head to your heart, How to Be a Better Human looks in unexpected places for new ways to improve and show up for one another. Inspired by the popular series of the same name on TED’s Ideas blog, How to Be a Better Human will help you become a better person from the comfort of your own headphones.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The science of happiness (w/ Laurie Santos)

    The science of happiness (w/ Laurie Santos)

    The phrase “comparison is the thief of joy” might be the kind of cliche that makes you roll your eyes – and yet, it’s an idea that is, scientifically, pretty accurate. In today’s episode, psychologist Laurie Santos – a Yale professor and host of “The Happiness Lab” podcast – discusses some of the surprising evidence behind what does and doesn’t make us humans happy. Laurie also shares strategies on how to improve our well-being, discusses the irony behind “self-care”, and explains why happiness is often a journey not just within, but beyond, ourselves. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/BHTranscripts

    • 35 min
    The science of happiness (w/ Laurie Santos)

    The science of happiness (w/ Laurie Santos)

    The phrase “comparison is the thief of joy” might be the kind of cliche that makes you roll your eyes – and yet, it’s an idea that is, scientifically, pretty accurate. In today’s episode, psychologist Laurie Santos – a Yale professor and host of “The Happiness Lab” podcast – discusses some of the surprising evidence behind what does and doesn’t make us humans happy. Laurie also shares strategies on how to improve our well-being, discusses the irony behind “self-care”, and explains why happiness is often a journey not just within, but beyond, ourselves. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/BHTranscripts

    Bonus: What Ai-jen Poo tries to remember every morning

    Bonus: What Ai-jen Poo tries to remember every morning

    In this bonus segment for TED Audio Collective + Subscribers, Ai-jen Poo talks about the beliefs and rituals that keep her going.

    How to care for the people who take care of us (w/ Ai-jen Poo)

    How to care for the people who take care of us (w/ Ai-jen Poo)

    Activist, and MacArthur Genius, Ai-jen Poo believes that caring for others is one of the fundamental acts that make us human. But from nannies to elder-care workers, house cleaners to living assistants, single parents and beyond, globally, caretakers do not earn fair wages or recognition for their essential, life-giving labor. The President of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-jen explains how society undervalues domestic work, and provides a framework on how we can start a conversation about the future of care for our loved ones – and ourselves. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/BHTranscripts

    • 39 min
    Bonus: Michael Cruz Kayne hopes he doesn’t f*ck up

    Bonus: Michael Cruz Kayne hopes he doesn’t f*ck up

    In this bonus segment for TED Audio Collective + Subscribers, Michael Cuz Kayne talks about his greatest motivators.

    There is no “grief starter pack” (w/ Michael Cruz Kayne)

    There is no “grief starter pack” (w/ Michael Cruz Kayne)

    There’s one thing that connects all living beings – an experience so profound yet so common. Today’s guest, Michael Cruz Kayne says it best: “It's gonna happen to you, to the people you love – even to the people you hate. Whether we like it or not, we are going to die. For sure.” Yet despite its inevitability, it can be so hard for us to speak about death and loss. So how can we begin to open up about grief, and show up for others who are experiencing it? Michael is a writer, comedian, and the host of the podcast “A Good Cry”. Michael’s son Fisher died when he was just days old. In this episode, Michael talks about his experience and how talking about his emotions helped him heal, and shares times when humor was -- and wasn’t -- able to capture the ineffable seemingly-endless experience of loss. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/BHTranscripts

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
943 Ratings

943 Ratings

baronofcream ,

Validating, revitalizing, engaging!

I'm a nurse, and the episode about grief hit home! Thank you for verbalizing SO many of my thoughts. I appreciate you & all you do!

Lolo13419 ,

Michael Schur episode September 19 - 100 ⭐️

(Maybe) somewhat abnormally, but not to me, I will search apple podcasts to see if Michael Schur has been on any recent podcasts as a guest talking about his book “How to be Perfect”, his sports and random topics podcast called The PosCast with Joe Posnanski, his new working relationship with Meadowlark Media, the Dan Lebatard & Friends Network (although he’s soon (he hopes) to get fired from those shows) or lastly but most famously for his writing on The Office, The Good Place, Brooklyn 99, Saturday Night Live etc.

I listen to Michael Schur because he makes SENSE! He’s logical, kind, considerate, humble, appreciative. He is HILARIOUS! He makes me laugh and he makes my heart happy. He adores his wife, kids, dogs. He wants us all to be better in any small way that we can and our combined efforts will make lives better, and we will be better for it.

I was ELATED to come across this podcast today! Chris is a fabulous host! Great questions, insightful, clearly does his homework and above all, he’s an admirer of Michael Schur’s career and his efforts on and off the screen.

This was a FABULOUS podcast and I can’t wait to listen to all the other episodes. I know I’ll learn something in every podcast.

ScubaSteve1010 ,

Thank God the guests are good

I come for the guests and their perspective. Chris Duffy is impossibly pompous and arrogant during the interviews. Any growth moments he shares about himself are clearly scripted.He has the world figured out already and has to read words someone else has written to convey moments of personal growth. It’s a shame since many of the guests are inviting genuine and authentic dialogue and curiosity. Chris isn’t up to the task.

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