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In this series, Arthur C. Brooks seeks to uncover how we can live more joyful lives. Through scientific discussions and an exploration of what happiness is, Arthur will uncover the how-tos of happy living and assign you exercises to make happiness a daily practice. Listen in as Arthur explores loneliness, friendships, mindfulness, and meditation with psychologists, friends, and experts—and reveals the wisdom and skills necessary for building a happier life. 
If you have any questions, stories, or feedback, please email us at howtopodcast@theatlantic.com or leave us a voicemail at 925-967-2091.

How to Build a Happy Life The Atlantic

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 103 Ratings

In this series, Arthur C. Brooks seeks to uncover how we can live more joyful lives. Through scientific discussions and an exploration of what happiness is, Arthur will uncover the how-tos of happy living and assign you exercises to make happiness a daily practice. Listen in as Arthur explores loneliness, friendships, mindfulness, and meditation with psychologists, friends, and experts—and reveals the wisdom and skills necessary for building a happier life. 
If you have any questions, stories, or feedback, please email us at howtopodcast@theatlantic.com or leave us a voicemail at 925-967-2091.

    How Not to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

    How Not to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

    In the social-media age, we curate images of our lives on a screen—making it especially easy to translate images of perfection as the image of oneself. But the pressure to pretend we are perfect is exactly the thing holding us back from experiencing the happiness we seek—and limiting our ability to be our whole, authentic selves. 
    In this episode of How to Build a Happy Life, we’ll define what we mean by “authenticity” and explore the psychological underpinnings of our ego-driven identities. A conversation with the clinical psychologist and mindfulness expert Dr. Shefali helps us work through one of the most challenging questions of all: Who am I?
    This episode was produced by Rebecca Rashid and is hosted by Arthur C. Brooks. Editing by A. C. Valdez. Fact-check by Ena Alvarado. Sound design by Michael Raphael.
    Be part of How to Build a Happy Life. Write to us at howtopodcast@theatlantic.com or leave us a voicemail at 925.967.2091.
    Music by Trevor Kowalski (“Lion’s Drift,” “This Valley of Ours,” “Una Noche De Luces”), Stationary Sign (“Loose in the Park”), and Spectacles Wallet and Watch (“Last Pieces”).
    Click here to listen to every full-length episode in the series.
    Try out this week’s tool-kit exercise, “The Chipping-Away Exercise,” and apply these lessons to your own life! Tag us on social media with #thechippingawayexercise, and listen to full-length episodes of How to Build a Happy Life at theatlantic.com/happy.

    • 35 min
    Loneliness, Lending a Hand, and Living Life Around People

    Loneliness, Lending a Hand, and Living Life Around People

    The irony in loneliness is that we all share in the experience of it. In this episode of How to Build a Happy Life, we sit down to discuss isolated living and Americans’ collective struggle to create a relationship-centric life. As we continue along our journey to happiness we ask: How can I build my life around people? 
    This episode features Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General. 
    This episode was produced by Rebecca Rashid and hosted by Arthur Brooks. Editing by A.C. Valdez. Fact-check by Ena Alvarado. Sound design by Michael Raphael.
    Be part of How to Build a Happy Life. Write to us at howtopodcast@theatlantic.com or leave us a voicemail at 925.967.2091.
    Music by Trevor Kowalski (“Lion’s Drift,” “This Valley of Ours,” “Una Noche De Luces”), Stationary Sign (“Loose in the Park”), and Spectacles Wallet and Watch (“Last Pieces”).

    • 41 min
    Manage Your Feelings, So They Don't Manage You

    Manage Your Feelings, So They Don't Manage You

    Only when we admit we have a problem can we begin to find solutions. On the first episode of How To Build a Happy Life, we explore the neuroscience of emotional management, practices that help us befriend our inner monologue, and challenges to getting in touch with our feelings. Our journey to happier living starts with the question: How do I feel right now?
    This episode features Dan Harris, former ABC News anchor, meditation expert and founder of Ten Percent Happier.
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    This episode was produced by Rebecca Rashid and hosted by Arthur Brooks. Editing by A.C. Valdez, Katherine Wells, and Gillian White. Fact-check by Ena Alvarado. Sound design by Michael Raphael. 
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    Do you like what you hear? Read Arthur's columns on self-awareness, success addiction, and why failure is OK.
    Be part of How To Build a Happy Life. Write to us at howtopodcast@theatlantic.com or leave us a voicemail at 925.967.2091.
    Music by Trevor Kowalski ("Lion's Drift," "This Valley of Ours," "Una Noche De Luces"), Stationary Sign ("Loose in the Park"), and Spectacles Wallet and Watch ("Last Pieces").
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    • 38 min
    Introducing: How to Build a Happy Life

    Introducing: How to Build a Happy Life

    Welcome to How to Build a Happy Life! In this series, host Arthur Brooks digs into research and offers tools to help you live more joyfully. Join us for deep conversations with psychologists, experts, and friends of The Atlantic's Chief Happiness Correspondent. For more info, visit www.theatlantic.com/happy

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

ekcoyne016 ,

Very helpful

I certainly am someone who has started to re evaluate my priorities during the pandemic, and I believe this podcast will be super helpful to me.

deeps_n10 ,

Sound quality low

On episode 1, but sound quality not high enough.

PostLeaf ,

Great start, but the audio needs to be sorted out!

I'm excited about this podcast! It takes a sophisticated approach to topics for which the wider discourse often lacks rigor. Arthur Brooks is an excellent host, and I like the format's mixture of interview and monologue. There's a lot going right here. But I hope the production team spends some time working on the audio quality. Arthur should be using a decent microphone in a space with at least a little acoustical treatment, and I'm sure the remote recording of guests could be done more effectively. I associate The Atlantic's audio shop with high-quality sound design, so I'm a little surprised this podcast sounds so tinny, even in its early days. I'll definitely stick with it for a while, though, because the content is terrific.

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