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The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

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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.

For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit: happinesslab.fm
12 Episodes
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Making the Grade

Making the Grade

2019-11-1900:39:2429

From school grades to fitness trackers, we're all being ranked and rated on a daily basis. This is having a huge impact on our happiness and preventing us from living our lives to the fullest. Can giving up on grades radically improve our wellbeing?For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm
Make 'Em Laugh

Make 'Em Laugh

2019-11-1500:39:1726

The world's greatest expert on canned TV laugh tracks helps Dr Laurie Santos demonstrate how the emotions of those around us can make us feel happier or more sad. If happiness is so contagious... can we do more to bring joy to ourselves and our loved ones?For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm
Choice Overload

Choice Overload

2019-11-0500:39:2023

We all make thousands of choices each day - and think it means we're in charge of our lives. But making even trivial decisions - about salad dressings, for example - can sap our energy and cause anxiety. Dr Laurie Santos examines why our society wrongly prioritises choice over happiness, and meets a woman who junked her wardrobe in a bid to improve her life.For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm
Don't Accentuate the Positive

Don't Accentuate the Positive

2019-10-2900:44:4756

We often think positive thinking is the best way to achieve our ambitions - but the science shows it holds us all back. Dr Laurie Santos hears how champion swimmer Michael Phelps imagined the worst to help make his Olympic dreams come true. It's a mental habit that you can learn too.For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm
Don't Think of the White Bear

Don't Think of the White Bear

2019-10-2200:43:1338

Once a thought is in our heads, we can't suppress it and trying to only causes us misery. Dr Laurie Santos explains why our brains work in this way and hears from real people who have confronted and overcome disruptive thoughts and bad memories and found happiness in the process. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm
Caring What You're Sharing

Caring What You're Sharing

2019-10-1500:41:4439

Sharing a good experience with another human deepens our enjoyment of the moment... but only if we abide by certain rules. Dr Laurie Santos shows us how we often get 'sharing' wrong and explains how we can all derive more happiness from ice cream, sunsets and a night in front of the TV.For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm
Mistakenly Seeking Solitude

Mistakenly Seeking Solitude

2019-10-0800:38:3450

Technology allows us to bank, shop and dine without talking to another human, but what toll is this taking on our happiness? The inventor of the ATM and the Talking Heads singer David Byrne join Dr Laurie Santos to explore the ways in which talking to strangers can bring us all genuine joy.  For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit https://www.happinesslab.fm/
A Silver Lining

A Silver Lining

2019-10-0100:44:5247

Ice skater Michelle Kwan was all set to win Olympic Gold... but in a major sporting upset she came second. Sharing her story with Dr Laurie Santos, Michelle lets us in on a key secret to achieving happiness when you're tempted to feel like a loser.  For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm
The Unhappy Millionaire

The Unhappy Millionaire

2019-09-2400:42:2967

How can winning the lottery ruin your life - while contracting an incurable disease feel like 'a gift'? Dr Laurie Santos hears about dreams come true and nightmares realised; and talks with Dr Dan Gilbert about why human happiness isn't defined by these major events in the way we all assume.For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm
You Can Change

You Can Change

2019-09-1300:42:32107

You can make yourself happier today. Your life circumstances and personality aren't nearly as important as you think in deciding how happy you can be. Dr Laurie Santos explains how understanding the latest science will point you in the right direction and make you more satisfied with your life. Are you ready to feel better?For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm
Do you want to be happier? Yale's 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 Ivy League psychology course she teaches, Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about becoming happier. The Happiness Lab debuts September 17 from Pushkin Industries.
Coming September 17 from Pushkin Industries
Comments (43)

Jess Tirosh

hi Laurie! just want to say thanks. i love what you do and the way you do it. plz don't stop!

Nov 29th
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AC K

great podcast. thank you.

Nov 21st
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Great episode!

Nov 19th
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YESH

Interesting episode, though there are too many ads and endorsements. Also, as the episode itself mentions- We'll def share the episode when it is good and want others to listen to it and have a similar listening experience. But explicit and repeated reminders to share gets annoying and we don't want to share an annoying experience.

Nov 17th
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Eduardo Lopez

I loved this episode.

Nov 16th
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Sarah Butler

i havent tried the course bit these podcast have helped me in the last 2 hours than the countless hours of therapy i used to go to

Nov 12th
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Shannon Miller

So powerful. Great combination of strategy and social awareness. Bravo

Nov 8th
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Vrushali K

Brave!! Thank you so much, Prof. Lauri S.

Nov 7th
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Lori Huyghe

Hi what is the name of the other podcast you are referring to in the beginning? I cannot find it.

Nov 7th
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Victoria Folkard

Such an amazing pod! I really needed to listen to this.

Nov 7th
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Sarah M

Great podcasts. I'm really enjoying them and have already tried changing some of my habits with positive results.

Nov 2nd
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d0gface

This has got to be one of my favorite podcast theme songs... everytime I hear it it makes me feel happy and motivated (I'm sure the content has something to do with it as well!)

Oct 29th
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Ron Johns, Jr

I don't doubt that which religion makes little difference in well being. However, it seems a major benefit of participating in positive congregations of people inflates our "happiness tires." Does your research disagree?

Oct 18th
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Shannon Miller

I actually go in to my local bank to say hi and chat. I use ATMs elsewhere. I also live to visit my local CVS at night to pick things up and chat with the great employees. Bring back the bar cars! 😂🍻

Oct 18th
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Lee Hoong

what is the same of the army? want to check out his book too

Oct 17th
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Joosbag

So far so good! I understand the need for advertising, but it truly takes away from the lessons being taught.

Oct 16th
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Lee Hoong

I sent to my family to listen

Oct 16th
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Ryan Wagoner

Amazing, wonderful, and a must listen. Thank you for making it.

Oct 16th
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Anastasiia Bondareva

thank you for podcast! talking about reference point, it seems like you always can find someone who on the worse position then you. for me, it means that you always can find a proof for your fails. this kind of behavior may decrease your motivation. As a result, you would not try to be a better version of yourself, therefore, you always look back not forward!

Oct 15th
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Annie Bouwknecht

I'm so glad I found this podcast! I'm struggling with anxiety and depression for the past couple years and been getting worse and I'm on meds now but I still have financial stress and it's hard for me to communicate in my relationships. This is super important for me to hear what happiness really means. Really encouraging for me.

Oct 14th
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