54 episodes

Equal parts philosophy and self-help (with a dash of humor thrown in for taste), The Happier Hour aims to make philosophy useful for the rest of us. Each episode explores a modern-day dilemma, via the lens of the greatest philosophers of all time, and often with special guests in the hot seat who know about stuff. Like the joy that comes from a strong drink at half the price, this show is for curious minds who want to know more about philosophy, without going back to school. Join your host Monica McCarthy, because it’s time to get happier!

The Happier Hou‪r‬ Monica McCarthy

    • Philosophy
    • 4.8 • 45 Ratings

Equal parts philosophy and self-help (with a dash of humor thrown in for taste), The Happier Hour aims to make philosophy useful for the rest of us. Each episode explores a modern-day dilemma, via the lens of the greatest philosophers of all time, and often with special guests in the hot seat who know about stuff. Like the joy that comes from a strong drink at half the price, this show is for curious minds who want to know more about philosophy, without going back to school. Join your host Monica McCarthy, because it’s time to get happier!

    #054 Humility Q&A: Self-Care, Self-Promotion, And The Myth of Being Self-Made

    #054 Humility Q&A: Self-Care, Self-Promotion, And The Myth of Being Self-Made

    Welcome to the third and final episode on the topic of humility! In this episode you’ll hear the audience Q&A portion of the event with guests A.J. Jacobs and Dr. Serene J Khader. Topics discussed: The relationship between humility and artists, one way to change our approach to self-promotion for our projects, how can we make less harmful choices with our wallets, how we can re-frame the popular notion of self-care, and more! #TheHappierHour
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    • 22 min
    #053 Losing My Religion With Auguste Comte and AJ Jacobs

    #053 Losing My Religion With Auguste Comte and AJ Jacobs

    In this episode you’ll learn what the French philosopher and eccentric, Auguste Comte can teach us about the relationship between faith, humanity, and humility. You’ll also hear what the bestselling author A.J. Jacobs has learned about gratitude and luck via his many personal quests for knowledge and self-improvement. This episode is part two in a three part series on HUMILITY. #thehappierhour
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    • 38 min
    #052 Speaking Up With Audre Lourde and Serene J Khader

    #052 Speaking Up With Audre Lourde and Serene J Khader

    In this episode you’ll learn what the poet and feminist icon Audre Lorde can teach us about identity and the importance of speaking up for the oppressed. You’ll also hear why philosophy professor Dr. Serene J Khader believes we should rethink the way we empower women, and why humility is not one size fits all. This kicks off a three part series on HUMILITY. #thehappierhour

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    • 46 min
    #051 Design Q&A: Designing Our Dreams With Derrida and Kant

    #051 Design Q&A: Designing Our Dreams With Derrida and Kant

    In this episode you’ll hear the audience Q&A from the live Happier Hour event with Debbie Millman (design expert and host of Design Matters), Dr. Kathleen Wallace (professor of Philosophy at Hofstra University), and host Monica McCarthy. You’ll learn how Immanuel Kant and Jacques Derrida can help us design our personal brand online and in interviews, and how we can better achieve our dreams by designing our lives. #thehappierhour
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    • 18 min
    #050 Moral By Design With Immanuel Kant and Kathleen Wallace

    #050 Moral By Design With Immanuel Kant and Kathleen Wallace

    Is it possible to design a universal moral code? Is it ever acceptable to lie? Hear what the philosopher Immanuel Kant had to say about ethics and his influence in philosophy today. You’ll hear from Hofstra philosophy professor Kathleen A Wallace about Kant’s Categorical Imperative, and whether or not it can help life suck less. #thehappierhour

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    • 34 min
    #049 Designing Your Life With Debbie Millman and Jacques Derrida

    #049 Designing Your Life With Debbie Millman and Jacques Derrida

    In this episode you’ll hear how designing our lives can help us be happier. You’ll learn what the award winning design expert and podcast host Debbie Millman has to say about pursuing success and fame, and what the philosopher Jacques Derrida can teach us about meaning and giving voice to the voiceless. #thehappierhour

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Kathleen Kuhn ,

SO enriching

This podcast is just part of a massive stage of growth and development I've been taking myself through (again, as it never ends... ;) ) but it's so smart and insightful and spurs all kinds of ideas and insights for me about myself, my creative projects and life. It's wonderful, I'm recommending to all my friends!!

ClaireBro ,

Funny and enlightening!

Great guests, important topics, and very relevant to everyday life.

Thecla37 ,

Fun and Smart!

I love any opportunity to learn, laugh, and be a little challenge. Monica does a great job doing this while managing a live audience.

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