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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. 

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos Pushkin Industries

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 11.9K Ratings

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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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    A Slight Change of Plans

    A Slight Change of Plans

    Dr Maya Shankar studies how our minds work and how we change. She joins Dr Laurie Santos to discuss how her own life plans were derailed at 15 and the journey that finally brought her to start a new podcast, A Slight Change of Plans.
    The show brings you intimate conversations about how people navigate changes of all kinds and use that change to ultimately grow. Maya uncovers little-known personal stories and reflections from familiar names, like Hillary Clinton, Tiffany Haddish and Kacey Musgraves.
    In this preview you'll hear part of an interview with Darryl Davis, a Black jazz musician who convinced hundreds of KKK members to leave the Klan.
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    • 26 min
    Hidden Brain: Laurie Talks Monkeys and Bad Money Decisions.

    Hidden Brain: Laurie Talks Monkeys and Bad Money Decisions.

    Hidden Brain is a weekly podcast hosted by Shankar Vedantam. It's a show about science and human behaviour we think you'll enjoy. Dr Laurie Santos was a guest on the show - so we thought you'd appreciate a chance to hear her tell Shankar all about her research work on monkeys and what they tells us about how our own biases surrounding financial decisions developed.
    If you like this episode of Hidden Brain subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts or find out more at https://hiddenbrain.org/  
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    • 54 min
    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Lao Tzu

    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Lao Tzu

    The challenges of life often cause us to work frantically to overcome our difficulties - but the Chinese thinker Lao Tzu recommended that instead we should emulate the slow, steady, yet powerful flow of a river.
    Solala Towler has studied and taught the principles of Daoism for more than 30 years - and explains how we can implement them into our daily lives. Things like retaining our childlike wonder, being content to go with the flow, and appreciating moderation in all things so that we don't burn ourselves out.
    You can read more about Solala's work at https://abodetao.com/
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    • 36 min
    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Confucius

    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Confucius

    The Covid pandemic has robbed us of many rituals and ceremonies we took for granted - from simple handshakes to elaborate graduation ceremonies. Their loss is important - rituals contribute to our happiness in so many ways. Something the ancient Chinese teacher Confucius contemplated deeply.
    Harvard professor Peter Bol (who teaches ChinaX at edx.org) explains why Confucius thought that ritual behaviours can bring us and our communities peace and joy - but why we need to create traditions and rules and customs that serve others, not just ourselves.
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    • 36 min
    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Forgiveness

    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Forgiveness

    Miroslav Volf teaches at Yale Divinity School - and is celebrated for his work on reconciliation and forgiveness. But book learning alone does not explain this focus.
    Miroslav’s brother was killed in a childhood accident, and the Volf family’s journey through misery and hatred finally ended in a powerful act of forgiveness inspired by Christian teachings. He tells Dr Laurie Santos how seeking to "unglue" the deed from the doer is a gift we can give others and ourselves.
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    • 32 min
    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Day of Rest

    Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Day of Rest

    Sarah Hurwitz worked 24/7 at Harvard, and barely took time off as she built a career in DC writing speeches for first Hillary Clinton and then Michelle Obama. Sarah would even take her cell phone into the shower.
    But as she explored the teachings of Judaism, she began to appreciate the vital importance of the commandment to observe a day of rest, and found that sometimes doing less made her happier.
    Sarah is author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There).
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11.9K Ratings

11.9K Ratings

chogetu ,

A wonderful taste of herbs

After taking Rosalie’s Taste of Herbs, I had no doubt that she would put together auseful, well thought-out and easy-to-listen-to podcast where everyone comes away with some new take-away... and a recipe as the cherry on top! It’s Fantastic. I’ll be a regular listener!

JungleGymJam ,

Better moods and thoughts? Backed by science!

This podcast has been my go-to commute listening for the past couple weeks as I catch myself up on this excellent series. I’ve become more resilient in the face of my wife’s chronic depression and anxiety by employing the findings of the studies presented in each episode. The subject matter has also become family dinner time conversation. Thank you Dr. Santos for such helpful content!

seems456 ,

Not relatable

I’m sure the host acknowledges this at times, and while I enjoy listening to the science and theories, everything brought up related to Yale and her students is unrelatable. The latest episode ruined it for me after listening for so long. That’s not the fault of the podcast but real people who suffer are out of the scope. It’s for well off people. Still a good podcast and worth a listen since the discussions are based on up to date research.

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