106 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.

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos Pushkin

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 12.9K 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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Q: "What Did the Pandemic Teach Us About Happiness?"

    Q: "What Did the Pandemic Teach Us About Happiness?"

    Covid brought disruption and despair... but it also caused many of us to think about our lives and what is most important to us. Listener Dr Amy Comander, Director of Lifestyle Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, wants to know how we can apply lessons from the pandemic to improve our happiness as we return to normalcy.  

    Amy helps teach cancer survivors wellbeing tips - and also happens to be an old college lab partner of Dr Laurie Santos - so we invited her to host this episode and quiz Laurie on how to lead a happier post-pandemic life. 
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    • 36 min
    Q: "How Do I Stop Negative Self-talk?"

    Q: "How Do I Stop Negative Self-talk?"

    It can speak to us in the middle of a work project, the middle of a date, or the middle of the night. The critical voice in our head telling us we're just not good enough and we're headed for failure. Listener Patricia Branigan wrote in to ask what we can do the quiet down this chatter.  

    To explain what damage negative self-talk does to us and explore some simple strategies to challenge our inner critic, Dr Laurie Santos is joined by "chatter" expert Ethan Kross (professor of psychology and management at the University of Michigan).

    You can read more in Ethan's book 'Chatter: The Voice in our Head (And How to Harness it)'.

     
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    • 31 min
    Q: "Can You Be Happy Alone?"

    Q: "Can You Be Happy Alone?"

    Since Covid hit, many of us have seen fewer people and experienced more loneliness. Listener Ivana Cole wants to know what we can do to reconnect and asks, if we can't reconnect: "Can we be happy alone?" 

    Dr Laurie Santos looks at social connections and how make them with Stanford's Jamil Zaki (author of the War for Kindness). 
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    • 39 min
    Q: "Are We Born to Work? Or Born to Live?"

    Q: "Are We Born to Work? Or Born to Live?"

    Listener Niki Walker has a question... in our busy, career-driven, money-oriented live, are we forgetting to make time for more important things? 

    In our first episode fielding questions from fans of The Happiness Lab, Dr Laurie Santos looks at the world of work and how we can prioritize purpose, fun and human interaction to make our daily lives better.   

    Laurie is joined by Professor Cassie Holmes (author of "Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time and Focus on What Matters Most). 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min
    Malala on Burnout, Guilt and How to Disagree Better

    Malala on Burnout, Guilt and How to Disagree Better

    Nobel Peace Prize winners feel burnout too. Malala Yousafzai - who survived an assassination attempted by the Taliban - works tirelessly so that more women and girls can access education. But she often feels guilty at taking time off, but knows she must to avoid burnout. 

    She shares her tips with Dr Laurie Santos on how to achieve work/life balance; how to deal with disappointment; and how to build bridges with people we disagree with. 

    (Recorded live at Yale's Silliman College.)  
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    • 30 min
    Laurie Answers Your Happiness Questions - Coming July 11

    Laurie Answers Your Happiness Questions - Coming July 11

    What would you ask a wellbeing expert? Dr Laurie Santos is back with a special season of The Happiness Lab fielding listener questions about work, relationships and getting back out into the world after Covid. She'll be joined by fellow scientists and listeners explaining the stories behind their queries. 

     Begins July 11. 
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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12.9K Ratings

12.9K Ratings

chris_ 1845 ,

Excellent!

Brilliantly put together podcast.

August Consumer ,

Two professors & poor quality American Higher Education

Sad display of American academia. One can more yield with their time with Wikipedia and YouTube. A philosophy professor who was a philosophy major in college and didn’t hear about stoicism. I was not a philosophy major in college, I was a zoology major, took a course in Greek Philosophy, and I heard about stoicism. And I read about stoicism for decades there after via the “Meditations”, as many have. The Stockdale story was superficial, yet seemed for them to represent it all in that. An academic expert who wrote a book on stoicism using the most common example of stoicism. A college student would expect a bit more depth. But then again this is American higher education. Since he is a stoic this is not meant to be offensive just an opinion. A would break his jar of lentils , but it is probably a plastic one.
This one star rating is given because the host of the show is also a professor. Again , a college student would expect a host, an academic one, to delve deeper with their questions. Podcast & popular media.

There are much better podcasts about philosophy on the Internet, and they are much better (academically & for the popular audience) including talks of stoicism.

Sad, currently, American students pay outlandish amounts of money for a poor quality education in America—this interview on stoicism is an example.

Seven Ish ,

Too many Ads and directives

Loaded with Ads. Politically aggressive. Does have decent content aside from this. But there are soo many ads now.

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