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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.

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos Pushkin

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Can Couples Learn to Argue Better?

    Can Couples Learn to Argue Better?

    No matter how much you love your partner, your relationship will never be totally free from disagreement. And nor should it be, say researchers Dr John Gottman and Dr Julie Schwartz Gottman. We actually just need to learn to argue better.

    The Gottmans join Dr Laurie Santos to talk us through how to raise complaints with our partners and how to react when they complain about us. 

    Further reading: Fight Right: How Successful Couples Turn Conflict into Connection by Dr John Gottman and Dr Julie Schwartz Gottman. 
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    • 34 min
    Love Lessons from the "Masters of Relationships"

    Love Lessons from the "Masters of Relationships"

    Some people are just good at building and maintaining healthy partnerships. In their 'Love Lab", the married researchers Dr John Gottman and Dr Julie Schwartz Gottman have seen how certain couples interact in ways that mean they'll happily stick together for decades. 

    The Gottmans join Dr Laurie Santos to explain what we can learn from these "Masters of Relationships" - so that the stresses and strains of life don't destroy our intimate partnerships. 

    Further reading: Fight Right: How Successful Couples Turn Conflict into Connection by Dr John Gottman and Dr Julie Schwartz Gottman. 
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    • 45 min
    The Sweet Smell of Happiness

    The Sweet Smell of Happiness

    Does happiness have a scent? Dr Laurie has been trying to remove the bad smells in her life and bring in more fragrances that enhance her wellbeing. But she's noticed that some of the smells that bring her joy can being a little weird - like musty books and rotting seaweed. 

    So what's going on in noses and brains? Laurie turned to neuroscientist Dr Rachel Herz (author of The Scent of Desire) to explain why we respond to certain smells and how we can use scent to reduce stress, boost our happiness, make us perform better and even to find the perfect mate.  
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    • 51 min
    How Getting Active Can Make You Happier

    How Getting Active Can Make You Happier

    Busy scientist Adam Aron had too much on his plate to think deeply about climate change - until he read a scary report about what lay in store for the planet if no one acted to cut greenhouse gases. 

    So Adam did more and more to fight climate change, until activism became his full time occupation. And the move made him happier and more content. We can't all give up our normal lives to stop global heating - but even making small contributions to the cause can make us feel more connected, more fulfilled and happier. 
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    • 20 min
    Being Green Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Fun... or Cutting Out Meat

    Being Green Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Fun... or Cutting Out Meat

    We often think of fighting climate change as a drain on our happiness - it'll mean sacrificing the things we love, like air travel or eating hamburgers. But researchers Jiaying Zhao and Liz Dunn have pioneered the idea of "Happy Climate" that shows us ways in which doing good for the planet can make us feel great.   

    Changing how we fly, drive, shop and eat in very small ways can make us enjoy our travel, our friends, our wardrobes and, yes, even our steaks, more than ever before.  
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    • 27 min
    Why our Brains Don't Fear Climate Change Enough

    Why our Brains Don't Fear Climate Change Enough

    Humans are great at reacting to mortal danger... but only sometimes. Unfortunately, some risks to our safety and wellbeing don't set off alarm bells in our brains. Climate change falls into that category. Why is that?

    Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert explains how some dangers trigger us, and some don't. In discussion with Dr Laurie Santos, he also outlines ways in which we can be made to care more about threats to the planet and maybe react to them in more positive, happiness-inducing ways.   
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13.6K Ratings

13.6K Ratings

Getting Happier ,

Favorite Podcast

I really want to thank Dr Laurie and the Pushkin team for making these episodes. I get filled with joy just seeing the yellow smiling square appear on my iPhone when a new episode is released. That and I get to learn all this without the price of paying a Yale tuition. Looking forward to many more.

CH00bee ,

The Gottman’s groundbreaking research on Love, Mastering Building relationships

#1 —100% Agree with siouxtrois’s review. Ditto. I love this podcast. And shout out to the Gottman’s & the Gottman Institute. Thank you for doing the research & sharing it with the public by publishing your “Prescription” book & all of your books that give me something to look forward to; that I’m excited to learn from. The Gottman’s groundbreaking research on Love, Mastering Building relationships that help you live seventeen years longer because you feel so happy. Thank You. Also Ads are Life. Ads are capitalistm. It’s like traffic. Ads are like your commute to work. Can’t get to work. Must commute. Can’t live in a capitalistic economy without marketing & ads.

Siouxtrois ,

Episode with Michael Pollan

I love listening to this podcast. It always manages to lift me up and end up learning so many interesting facts. However, I must say the interview with Michael Pollan about psychedelics has been fantastic. This is a subject that interests me and this episode was fantastic. I couldn’t get enough of it. Thank you for touching these subjects. ✨

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