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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

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Business leader Arianna Huffington nearly died because she didn't get enough sleep. She tells Dr Laurie Santos how this wake-up call changed her attitude to getting enough sack time and shares tips on how we can all prepare ourselves mentally and physically to enjoy the amount of sleep that is vital for us to be healthy, happy and effect in our waking hours. Recorded in front of a live audience at The Wing in New York's SoHo. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Really concentrating on the emotions and physical sensations you are experiencing right now can make you happier. Join Yale mindfulness expert Dr Hedy Kober as she introduces a live audience to guided meditation. She shares her tips on being mindful with Dr Laurie Santos and explains the new scientific research that shows the benefits of this ancient practice. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Grit and determination to change your habits can only get you so far... if you want to be happier you have to stop and think about how nice people have been to you and how nice you can be to them in return. This circle of gratitude - the science suggests - will also make you a better friend to one of the most important people in your life... your future self. Dr Laurie Santos investigates this effect with Northeastern University's Prof David DeSteno - author of Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion and Pride. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020 BONUS: A New Hope

2020 BONUS: A New Hope

2020-01-0600:23:5125

Research shows we all look for moments to make a fresh start - new years, new seasons, new decades. Our optimism about making big, positive changes is strong, but it fades quickly. As we enter 2020, Dr Laurie Santos asks Wharton's Katy Milkman about the science behind the "fresh start' effect and examines ways we can maintain our new habits beyond January. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this special episode of Happiness Lab, we feature an episode of the podcast How To! with Charles Duhigg. Mike’s dream job of playing bass in a Chicago orchestra is within reach — if only he can conquer his nerves and master the audition. Duhigg brings in Dr. Don Greene, a peak performance psychologist who’s worked with Wall Street traders and Olympic athletes, to see if he can help Mike perform his best under the spotlight. The secret? Jumping jacks, extra sleep, and watching reruns of The Office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BONUS: A Happier Christmas

BONUS: A Happier Christmas

2019-12-1600:29:3114

Accept our gift of happiness this holiday season! It can be a hectic and stressful time of year... but it's also full of opportunities to feel happier. Dr Laurie Santos brings you science-based tips so you can have yourself a merry little Christmas. AlSO: The Happiness Lab returns with four special New Year shows to take you into 2020 - beginning 6 Jan. To sign up to our newsletter visit happinesslab.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Making the Grade

Making the Grade

2019-11-1900:34:1744

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Make 'Em Laugh

Make 'Em Laugh

2019-11-1500:34:5141

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Choice Overload

Choice Overload

2019-11-0500:35:2241

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Don't Accentuate the Positive

Don't Accentuate the Positive

2019-10-2900:41:5780

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Don't Think of the White Bear

Don't Think of the White Bear

2019-10-2200:39:2456

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Caring What You're Sharing

Caring What You're Sharing

2019-10-1500:38:3162

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mistakenly Seeking Solitude

Mistakenly Seeking Solitude

2019-10-0800:35:0273

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/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Silver Lining

A Silver Lining

2019-10-0100:41:4165

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Unhappy Millionaire

The Unhappy Millionaire

2019-09-2400:38:1589

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  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You Can Change

You Can Change

2019-09-1300:39:08144

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Coming September 17 from Pushkin Industries Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comments (59)

Enudi Chika Jude

This was insightful. Thanks a lot

Feb 21st
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Sheldon Green

I am taking her online chat and loving this podcast. I want to spread happiness.

Feb 13th
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Liz Fabrycki

Am I the only one experiencing long periods of silence in these episodes? Is this a built in advertising break, with no advertisements? Or is something wrong with my app specifically?

Feb 5th
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Alex Schmidt

Truly an amazing podcast, it's simple lessons brighten my day and the science behind them is interesting to learn! I listen to podcasts almost daily, and this is one of the best. Say hi to a stranger today y'all, and strike up a happy conversation 😁

Feb 4th
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L. B.

Am I the only one experiencing a long silent section of these pod cast episodes? It's playing but nothing being said for 15+ minutes. Then it kicks back in. Doesn't say it's buffering. Ideas?

Feb 3rd
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Any day can be Day #1! Especially if you follow advice in this helpful, happy podcast. #Happy #Happiness #Habits

Feb 1st
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Chris Regan

way better listening material at work than the usual music. great work!!!!!

Jan 23rd
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Syazwani Izzati

Loving this podcast. It's my go-to show before I start my day.

Jan 23rd
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Joanne Chamberlain

Thanks Dr. Laurie! I am really enjoying this podcast as a way to climb out of all the negativity we're surrounded with now. I have binged them and am sad at being almost done! Please get to work and do more 🤗.

Jan 22nd
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graveantelope68

my man Barry torched his students

Jan 15th
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Monikke Santana

love this! currently experiencing this.. emotional reactivity. and it happened with my bf so it really helped me understand why not expressing my feelings and going to sleep that way, is really bad for my physical health. and I'm a personal trainer! lol so its helpful. thanks doc!

Jan 10th
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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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