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 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
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
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
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
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
The Happiness Lab Meets No Stupid Questions
Laurie Santos and Angela Duckworth talk about change, broken legs and adopting British accents.
36 min
A Slight Change of Plans
We fear change, we try to avoid it, but it's always there. A new podcast explores how and why we change.
26 min
Hidden Brain: Laurie Talks Monkeys and Bad Mone...
Laurie talks to Hidden Brain about monkeys and what they tell us about why humans are bad with money.
47 min
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Lao Tzu
Staying young at heart, remaining flexible and going with the flow are the key teachings of the Chinese thinker Lao Tzu.
33 min
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Confucius
The importance of our rituals and how to do them right.
33 min
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Forgiveness
When other wrong us, we can be left deeply scarred. But seeking to forgive is a powerful step towards happiness.
29 min
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Day of Rest
Taking a day off is a cornerstone of Judaism - and it has a range of happiness benefits.
29 min
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Torah
How the happiness staples of gratitude and kindness are described in Judaism.
27 min
Move More... But for the Right Reasons
Exercise is great for happiness, but not if you only do it to change a body you hate.
32 min
Feed Yourself Like You'd Feed a Loved One
Strict diets can cause us to starve (and then stuff) ourselves, but there's a better, kinder way to eat.
36 min
Reconnect With The Moment
We live lost in thoughts about the past and the future - but we need to be in the moment to be happier.
33 min
Dump Your Inner Drill Sergeant
Being super hard on yourself at New Years is mean and self-defeating. Try some kindness instead.
36 min
Happier Holidays: How to Celebrate No Matter What
Few of us will have a 'normal' holiday season... but we can still make the best of it.
37 min
Happier Holidays: How to Give and Receive the P...
Spread happiness with tips on how to be a great giver (and receiver) of gifts this holiday season.
29 min
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Buddha
Life is full of yearning and sadness - to be happier it might require us to accept that.
28 min
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Epictetus
How to see setbacks as challenges; and insults as just noise.
28 min
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Plato
We are often our own worst enemies... but Plato suggested a way to calm our competing wants and emotions.
27 min
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Aristotle
Moderation, friendship and action were the path to happiness, according to the great Greek thinker.
28 min
How to Be a Better Ally
We may believe we are good people... but to build a just and happy society we must do good things.
36 min
The War For Kindness
It's all too easy to feel hatred for people different to ourselves, but we CAN fight these divisive urges.
34 min
Demonic Possessions
The buzz of buying something new doesn't last long... in fact possessions may harm your happiness.
25 min
How to Kick Bad Habits (and Start Good Ones)
Habits can make us sad... but we can change bad old habits and adopt good new ones.
32 min
Dial D for Distracted
Smartphones are amazing... at making you miss all the great things happening around you.
30 min
For Whom the Alarm Clock Tolls
If there aren't enough hours in the day for all the things you've agreed to do... it's harming your happiness.
34 min
Working Your Way to Happiness
Learning to love the job you have is a better route to happiness than chasing a high salary or high status position.
33 min
The Power of a Made-up Ritual
Small rites or ceremonies can help take the edge off the pain of loss, even if they're totally made up.
29 min
PJ and Alex Love to Gripe
Complaining about life's irritations feels like a healthy way to let off steam - but it takes a toll on your happiness.
29 min
Psychopaths and Superheroes
Becoming a kinder person makes the world a better place... and also makes YOU happier too.
29 min
New Season: The Happiness Lab Returns April 27
The Happiness Lab is back April 27 with new full-length shows.
1 min
BONUS: Good Screens and Bad Screens
How to create good screen use habits during lockdown.
23 min
BONUS: Helping the Helpers
Advice for those saving lives on the frontline.
38 min
BONUS: Laurie's Personal Tips
Dr Santos shares the things she's doing to stay calm and find happiness in our troubled times.
35 min
BONUS: Keep Your Relationship Healthy
Our romantic relationship are under stress, but we can inoculate them to survive the lockdown.
25 min
BONUS: Help Others to Help Yourself
Showing compassion for other people in a crisis makes you happier and more resilient.
28 min
BONUS: Calm Can Be Contagious
Can't stop worrying? Can't relax? Start meditating right now... science says it can help.
38 min
BONUS: Rising to a Challenge
Is the pandemic making you sad or mad? Learning an ancient Greek superpower might help.
26 min
BONUS: Coach Yourself Through a Crisis
Freaking out? Well, inside each of us is a calm and rational voice ready to talk us down.
25 min
BONUS: Beat Your Isolation Loneliness
Being physically isolated from the world doesn't mean you have to suffer loneliness too.
22 min
BONUS: Sleep When You're Dead Tired (LIVE with ...
You can't be happy if you don't sleep - Arianna Huffington shares her tips to get a good sleep.
27 min
BONUS: Think Yourself Happy (LIVE from Yale)
Mindfulness and meditation really can help you reduce stress, discomfort and emotional turmoil.
29 min
BONUS: Grateful Expectations
Thinking about the kind things people do for you will make you treat yourself more kindly too.
26 min
BONUS: A New Hope
A new year offers you the perfect opportunity to make changes in your life to improve your happiness.
22 min
BONUS: A Happier Christmas
Be merrier this Christmas with these science-based tips to overcome the stress of the holiday season.
8 min
Making the Grade
Study just to pass an exam or run merely to beat your personal best and you could be robbing yourself of happiness.
33 min
Make 'Em Laugh
If we can "catch" the good and bad emotions of people around us, can we also spread happiness to others?
34 min
Choice Overload
Having infinite choices about what we eat, wear or watch brings with it an unexpected smorgasbord of woes.
34 min
Don't Accentuate the Positive
Your glass might always be half full... but what if you drop it? Imaging the bad stuff in life is better for you than you think.
41 min
Don't Think of the White Bear
Trying to suppress feelings of hurt, pain and anger does more harm than good.
38 min
Caring What You're Sharing
Humans do better when we share... but our happiness can be lessened if we share in the wrong ways.
37 min
Mistakenly Seeking Solitude
Many of us crave time alone thinking its good for us... but talking to even total strangers can bring joy.
34 min
A Silver Lining
You can't win 'em all - but you'll only beat unhappiness when you stop comparing yourself so harshly to others.
40 min
The Unhappy Millionaire
Your future happiness doesn't rely on hitting the jackpot or avoiding life's tough times.
37 min
You Can Change
Do you want to be happier today? Learn that there are simple steps you can take right away.
38 min
Coming Soon: The Happiness Lab Season One
The Happiness Lab debuts September 17 from Pushkin Industries.
3 min
Introducing: The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie ...
Coming September 17 from Pushkin Industries
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