123 episodes

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.

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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.

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    The Happiness of Silence

    The Happiness of Silence

    We're surrounded by noise. That "noise" can be actual sounds - but also other annoyances and distractions that make it hard for us to concentrate or think clearly. And it's only getting worse - we're all being bombarded with more sirens, more pings, more chatter, more information. And then there are our internal monologues. Silence is just harder to come by. 

    Leigh Marz and Justin Zorn (co-authors of Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise) join Dr Laurie Santos to discuss the benefits of silence and how we can all seek out more moments of quiet and recognise their value.  
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    • 32 min
    Stop Looking for the Perfect Job - a "Good Enough Job" is Just Fine

    Stop Looking for the Perfect Job - a "Good Enough Job" is Just Fine

    We can put huge amounts of physical and emotional energy into our jobs - even basing our self-worth on our achievements at work and letting ourselves be defined by what we do. So have our careers taken over too much of our lives? 

    Simone Stolzoff (author of The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life from Work) argues that we should stop hunting for the "perfect" job - that idealized career that will prove to others how smart, industrious or virtuous we are - and instead find an occupation that allows to us live happier and more rounded lives that don't revolve only around work. 
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    • 31 min
    A Daily Workout to Tackle Nagging Self-Criticism

    A Daily Workout to Tackle Nagging Self-Criticism

    Lots of us hit the gym in January to get fit - but should we also be exercising our minds in preparation for tough times? A daily "self-talk workout" might be just as beneficial as squats and push-ups, says Seattle University psychology professor Rachel Turow. 

    By practicing simple self-compassion exercises each day - such as breathing techniques - we can prepare for future challenges when we'll need those tools to help us tackle crippling self-criticism or paralyzing sorrow. 

    Further reading: The Self Talk Workout by Rachel Turow 
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    • 24 min
    How to Eat Intuitively

    How to Eat Intuitively

    Everyone has a view about what you should eat and how much. We're so bombarded with fad diets, fasting plans and nutritional advice that we can bounce from one way of eating to another without stopping to think: "What do I want to eat?"

    Psychotherapist Andrea Wachter endured years of disordered eating and obsessing about her weight, until she decided to heed her inner voice and what her body wanted to consume. She explains to Dr Laurie Santos how so-called intuitive eating can free us from both diets and overeating.  
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    • 33 min
    From Ten Percent Happier: The Dalai Lama’s Guide to Happiness | Part 1

    From Ten Percent Happier: The Dalai Lama’s Guide to Happiness | Part 1

    Here's a preview of another podcast we love, Ten Percent Happier. Host Dan Harris flies to Dharamsala, India to spend two weeks in the orbit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is the first installment of a five-part audio documentary series. Over the course of the episodes, Dan talks to His Holiness about practical strategies for thorny dilemmas, including: how to get along with difficult people; whether compassion can cut it in an often brutal world; why there is a self-interested case for not being a jerk; and how to create social connection in an era of disconnection. He also gets rare insights from the Dalai Lama into everything from the mechanics of reincarnation to His Holiness’s own personal meditation practice. In this first installment, Dan watches as a young activist directly challenges His Holiness: In a world plagued by climate change, terrorism, and other existential threats, is the Dalai Lama’s message of compassion practical — or even relevant? Want more of The Dalai Lama’s Guide to Happiness? Listen to the Ten Percent Happier podcast here.
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    • 5 min
    Stop Endlessly Chasing the "Next Big Thing"

    Stop Endlessly Chasing the "Next Big Thing"

    We're often looking into the future... hunting for the "next big thing". That could be an exciting new job or a new relationship. We can get so fixated with these events and the happiness we hope they'll deliver, that we forget to look for joy right now. 

    Actor and author Tony Hale (Veep, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Arrested Development) was always chasing new accomplishments, until he realised he was missing the chance to be happy living in the moment. He used his experience to write one of Dr Laurie Santos's favourite children's books Archibald's Next Big Thing. 
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13.2K Ratings

13.2K Ratings

Legna0205 ,

One Step to making your life more balanced!

Lori, I started listening a couple years ago but it was here and there when I remembered. Now I’m listening when I work out 3 days a week. I find that some of the practices you have introduced is to I was already doing or knew of but need to make more regular in my life.

Others are new and I love listening to all the guests and their experience! Is there a book/podcast list of all the one you have mentioned on your show?Would love to read and listen to some the one that were shared.

Thank you and your team for being this podcast and subject into our lives!

miakwilson ,

Motivating me!

Thank you

TristanSpohn ,

New Favorite Podcast

Those that may have Spotify might know one of my previous my other favorite podcasts, Heavyweight with Jonathan Goldstein. This feels like a more focused and scientific version of what Heavyweight became for me.

Dr. Laurie Santos is the perfect host for this, with a kind voice and perspective that adds a lot of empathy to the science that makes it so much easier to digest.

Listening to this podcast has really helped me start to realign with myself after months of feeling lost and stagnant.

Highly recommended for anyone that may feel like they’re in a funk and are looking for something to help them intentionally work their way out of it.

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