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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 • 12.5K 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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    Stepping Off the Path of Anxiety

    Stepping Off the Path of Anxiety

    Many of the most painful or troubling emotions we experience are reactions to events that have actually happened - but one powerful and sometimes paralyzing feeling can be provoked by things as yet to occur. Say hello to anxiety.
    Psychotherapist and meditation teacher Andrea Wachter spent much of her life being stalked by the physical and mental manifestations of anxiety - the brain fog and the pit of the stomach dread of something bad looming on the horizon. She's amassed a wealth of strategies to overcome the thoughts and sensations that make up anxiety and she explains them to Dr Laurie Santos.
    You can try her meditations and courses on insighttimer.com/andreawachter, and for her books and blogs can be found at www.andreawachter.com
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    • 32 min
    Exclusive for Pushkin+ members: Meditation on Anxiety

    Exclusive for Pushkin+ members: Meditation on Anxiety

    Welcome back Happiness Lab listeners. This is the third of a series of special meditations that will be available only for Pushkin+ subscribers. This practice will focus on harnessing the breath to calm anxious feelings and sensations that we feel in the body. If you haven't listened to the episode on anxiety, a conversation with Dr. Laurie Santos and psychotherapist Andrea Wachter, we recommend doing so before listening to this meditation.

    The Paradox of Grief

    The Paradox of Grief

    Most of us don't like to think about death - and when we experience a bereavement we're often not prepared for the pain or willing to confront all the feelings grief can bring. Psychotherapist Julia Samuel says the paradox of grief is that we need to let it rage through us with its full force if we are to process it effectively.
    Julia is the author of two bestselling books about grief: Grief Works, and This Too Shall Pass, and has created www.grief-works.app. She has helped bereaved people for more than 30 years and experienced the personal pain of loss - especially following the shocking death of her close friend Princess Diana.
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    • 35 min
    The Eight Pillars of Grieving

    The Eight Pillars of Grieving

    Grief is a simple enough word, but the emotional journey it describes is chaotic, messy and unique to each person. Psychotherapist and bereavement expert Julia Samuel (www.grief-works.app) joins Dr Laurie Santos for the second time to describe strategies which we can all use to help us navigate grief more effectively.
    Julia says there is no right or wrong way to mourn a loss - there is no "normal" way to grieve - but there are very simple things we can do each day to listen to our feelings of grief and process them so that we can carry on with our changed lives.
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    • 38 min
    Exclusive for Pushkin+ members: Meditation on Grief

    Exclusive for Pushkin+ members: Meditation on Grief

    Welcome back to the second installment of a special series of meditations, made exclusively for Pushkin+ subscribers. This meditation will focus on experiencing and processing grief - allowing it to come up in the body and having self-compassion for moving through it. If you haven't listened to the full conversation between Dr. Laurie Santos and grief expert Julia Samuels, we recommend doing so before listening to this meditation.

    How to Identify Your Negative Emotions

    How to Identify Your Negative Emotions

    We need to pay attention to our negative feelings - since they are telling us important things which we should address if we are to be happier in 2022. But often we just can't tell different emotions apart or have the proper words to describe what we are feeling.
    Social worker and author Brené Brown joins Dr Laurie Santos to explain how we can more fully explore distinct feelings such as envy and jealousy - so we can tell them apart and work out how to change our lives so we feel them less frequently and less painfully.
    Brené Brown's new book is Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12.5K Ratings

12.5K Ratings

Brendan Bellavia ,

Life-changing!!!

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this podcast! I’m a grad student studying to become a licensed counselor and the podcast not only has done wonders for my own mental health, but has taught me strategies and techniques I can pass down to my clients. I am a big believer in positive psychology and know it has the potential to change the way people think about mental health. I am so happy (no pun intended) that this podcast exists and is impacting so many people’s lives. Keep up the great work!!

Nerf Dude 4 ,

One of the best!

I first heard Dr. Santos when she was a guest on 10 percent happier. I am thrilled that I found her. Not only is her podcast giving me great tools to use personally, but her content is full of material that I can use in the communication classes that I teach. (Where we talk about emotions, language, self talk, etc). I have referred many friends to this podcast and look forward to every episode. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and research with us Dr. Santos!

JDR789 ,

Awesome, actionable, and science based

I’ve learned so much from Dr. Santos and her guests!! A phenomenal podcast

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