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The Science of Happiness

Author: PRX and Greater Good Science Center

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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.
90 Episodes
Feeling awe can boost your mood and make you feel more connected with others. Comedian Chris Duffy learns how to tap into that sense.
What happens when we spend time outdoors? We explore how getting out in nature can restore peace of mind—and make us more creative.
Setting goals can sometimes feel like setting ourselves up for failure. But journalist Monica Campbell finds there's something magical that happens with certain kinds of goals.
A stranger helped her through the hardest day of her life. When she expresses her gratitude, our guest encounters the power of true connection.
The way we interact with people who come in and out of our lives has changed since COVID-19. Our guest tries a practice to connect with strangers while keeping a social distance.
Are you unable to be with your friends and family during the holiday season this year? These 36 questions can bring you closer to loved ones, even if you're separated.
Connecting across generations is one of the oldest happiness practices there is. We explore why to honor your elders, along with other practices from indigenous cultures often overlooked by Western science.
Can practicing mindfulness make us wiser? Judge Jeremy Fogel explores how being present in the moment helps him keep a clear mind and stay connected to his true values.
How to Give Up a Grudge

How to Give Up a Grudge


What does it really take to forgive someone? And why should we do it? Our guest, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, tries a practice to let go of anger.
Why Voting Connects Us

Why Voting Connects Us


Why do we vote? We explore the science behind what drives us to the polls, and the benefits we reap for ourselves and communities when we cast our ballots.
It's easy to be anxious and uncertain about the future—especially if you're eight months pregnant. Our guest tries practices to help her deal with whatever life throws her way.
Feeling hard on yourself? Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp learns to quiet his inner critic and tap into his highest potential.
A Cure for Loneliness

A Cure for Loneliness


Feeling lonely? Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy learns why focusing on the quality of our relationships, not the quantity, can be an antidote. 
24 Hours of Kindness

24 Hours of Kindness


Why should you be nice? Our guest explores how small, daily acts of kindness can produce meaningful life changes.
Do you obsess over negative feedback? Shereen Marisol Meraji, of NPR’s Code Switch, tries a better way to cope.
A couple try a practice to bring more excitement and passion into their relationship, even while sheltering-in-place.
We can be at our worst with the people we love best. Our guests try ways to be more calm and present with those closest to them.
Our guest tries a practice to help her feel compassion toward others — even those she disagrees with.
Adrian Michael Green asks big questions designed to help teens — and adults — find more meaning and purpose in their lives.
We speak with john a. powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, about racial justice, well-being, and widening our circles of human connection and concern.
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Valuable information.

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Sep 14th

Sophie Cheng

69 episodes?

May 27th

Jenny TheMachine

interesting story.

Jan 12th

Ral Reckons

Thank you. Great pod cast!

Oct 29th

Caren A. Kewer

Graveyard of meditation apps!! 🙋🏼‍♀️

Oct 22nd
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5 min K-World

it's funny how 3 good things look like an easy task, but actually it needs a lot of effort. I just loved this episode!

Aug 7th
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agreed @nova 💜

Aug 1st
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thank you very much! please keep up the good work, let us make this world a better place.

Apr 3rd

Aoife Mcdonnell

Give them a crazy Irish name like Aoife. Who hates the Irish?

Mar 8th

Regina Rose

I like the idea of creating distance from ruminating thoughts and perceived problems. The distance does help create different perspectives. The situation may not change, but just the idea of changing my perspective is just pure, 1) self-care, and 2) helps me show up differently in the world, with different energy where I can positively affect others' lives too!

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Jan 9th

Tim Adams

Not sure why the title, was never mentioned. Had to devolve into social justice though...

Aug 27th

afshin balazadeh

where can i found text of podcast?

Jul 28th

gabriela sanchez

i love your podcast, I've listened to all of them at least three times. i am looking forward for more 😊

Jul 15th

Susan Renshaw


Jun 10th

Katherine Thomas

Are the to be more?

May 26th

Amanda Seale

love this first time podcast listening ever... something is going right here.... awesome

Apr 13th

Daniel Clark

thanks for this

Mar 23rd
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