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Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

The Science of Happiness PRX

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    • 4.4 • 1.4K Ratings

Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

    Don't be Afraid of Your Anger

    Don't be Afraid of Your Anger

    What happens when we suppress our anger? And what if we tried to work with it instead? Our guest tries a practice to harness her inner fierceness to care for herself.

    • 18 min
    How to Enjoy Life More with Michael Pollan

    How to Enjoy Life More with Michael Pollan

    Michael Pollan tries to get more out of life by temporarily giving up one of his pleasure.

    • 19 min
    How to Craft Your Life

    How to Craft Your Life

    When the world around you changes, so can your goals. This week's guest tries a practice to tap into a new sense of purpose.

    • 19 min
    Noticing Nature in the City

    Noticing Nature in the City

    When was the last time you stopped to admire a tree? Our guest finds that paying attention to the greenery near his home can bring peace of mind.

    • 21 min
    What Humans Can Learn From Trees

    What Humans Can Learn From Trees

    Trees don't just compete with one another for resources, they also cooperate. Scientist and author Suzanne Simard explains the surprising science of trees.

    • 17 min
    Finding Strength through Gratitude

    Finding Strength through Gratitude

    A doctor who serves communities in dire need shares how gratitude helps him find light in the darkness.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

J*Learner ,

Dacher is a superstar

I truly enjoy this podcast. It is one tool in my tool belt for my mindfulness journey. Several episodes have not necessarily been of interest at first but, sure enough, there’s a nugget within the episodes that I appreciate and learn from. I also really like the shorter length because they’re not a huge time commitment and that makes the episodes more approachable for me. Dacher’s personality comes across as very warm and caring, which is the cherry on top of the substantive content.

Cincodemayomama ,

Inspired by your stories...and science!

It’s wonderful to learn about yourself through other people’s experiences. It takes the pressure off and allows the listener to be inspired without being deterred by ones own insecurities. These stories are entertaining and thought-provoking. I like that the ‘Happiness Guniepigs’ are often accomplished and sometimes well-known people with credibility. It makes me feel better about myself to know that everyone wants to improve their happiness... it’s not just regular ol’ me.

This in-and-of-itself would make a great podcast, but they take it further by bringing in all the science supporting the happiness of said example during the second half of the show.

Thank you (I guess I’m sort of writing a Letter of Gratitude) for making a show that can really help people improve their lives and the lives of those around them.

whitneyv05 ,

So good! Love the stories

I love how this podcast focuses on a personal story about a particular topic first and through most of the episodes, and then dives into the science behind it. It feels less sterile than other podcasts and is overall really uplifting and gives tangible goals and techniques.

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