The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

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. 

Society & Culture
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Connection Throug...
Sharing a special preview of Pushkin's newest show, Well-Read Black Girl.
16 min
Burnout and How to Avoid It
Work is an important part of many of our lives... but sometimes our careers can take us over and make us miserable.
33 min
Fighting that "Meh" Feeling of Languishing
It's not exactly sad, and it's certainly not happy...but don't get stuck in the middling feeling of languishing.
41 min
When Guilt is Good... and When it's Not
Feeling guilt prompts us to make amends when we've erred... but it also haunts us when we've made nothing wrong.
32 min
Embracing Sadness in the Pursuit of Happiness
Every life will include some sadness - and acknowledging the value of being sad actually makes us happier.
34 min
How to be Angry Better
Anger can arise uncontrollably in flash... but what you do in the moments after the emotions surfaces is up to you.
34 min
Stepping Off the Path of Anxiety
Anxiety strikes at our minds and bodies... but what are we really worried about, and can we halt it?
26 min
The Eight Pillars of Grieving
The path through grief isn't straight, nor can we predict how long it will take, but there are some ways to make the journey easier.
32 min
The Paradox of Grief
To process the extreme pain of bereavement we need to face it head-on... for suppressing grief only prolongs the hurt.
29 min
How to Identify Your Negative Emotions
Being able to differentiate between things like envy and jealousy is the first vital step to dealing with our negative feelings.
36 min
Emotions Are Data...So Listen to Them
Feelings like anger, guilt or loneliness are trying to tell you something... rather than recoiling from them you should listen.
44 min
Reset Your Relationship With Negative Emotions ...
A new season of shows on why you should listen to those painful and difficult feelings.
3 min
How to Give More Effectively
Donating to others can make us happy... but we don't always do it in the most effective way.
26 min
How to Adopt a Growth Mindset
If you think you can't get better at things... you won't. Accepting that we can change and improve is the first step.
21 min
How to be Happier at Work (with Dan Harris)
The Happiness Lab and Ten Percent Happier join forces to help make your working day a bit better.
50 min
How to Feel More Empathy (With the Host of Bad ...
Our minds tell us that bad things only happen to bad people, but we should learn to show more empathy.
37 min
Laurie Gets a Fun-tervention (Part Two: Beach P...
In the search for more fun, Dr Laurie Santos leaves her comfort zone and heads for the surf.
29 min
Laurie Gets a Fun-tervention (Part One)
As a kid, Laurie thought fun would always be part of her life. So what went wrong and what can she do about it?
34 min
BONUS: How to Handle Change
What does science say about how to successfully navigate life changes, both welcome and dreaded?
37 min
The Kindness of Strangers
Performing acts of kindness makes us happy... but are we being discouraged for doing nice things for other people.
32 min
You Can’t Always Want What You Like
We can find joy in brutal workouts or hard crossword puzzles... but lack the motivation to even start these activities.
39 min
Let Slip the Dogs of More Happiness
What can we learn from pets such as dogs about living our best lives?
38 min
Boldly Go Like Yuri Gagarin
Why astronauts do strange things before blast-off to calm their nerves and concentrate their thoughts.
34 min
Treating the Pain of a Broken Heart
We all know rejection hurts... but we underestimate how a bit of emotional first aid can ease the pain.
33 min
Why Nostalgia Ain't So Rosy
We all look back fondly on bygone days... but are our memories reliable and are we storing up problems for the future?
34 min