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The Science of Happiness
The Science of Happiness
PRX and Greater Good Science Center

Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning... more

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Episodes

Happiness Break: Experience Nature Wherever You Are, with Dacher (Encore)

Just a few moments of tuning into nature can make you feel more inspired, connected, and less lonely. Let us... more

11 Jul 2024 · 2 minutes
The Value of Variety and Novelty

Exploring novel places and having diverse experiences is important to our well-being and can make us feel happier. This week,... more

04 Jul 2024 · 20 minutes
Happiness Break: How to Ground Yourself in Nature, with Yuria Celidwen (Encore)

Connect to yourself and the land you stand on in under 10 minutes with this grounding practice led by Indigenous... more

27 Jun 2024 · 10 minutes
How To Unwind By Doing Mindful Yard Work

Everyday activities, such as cleaning and gardening, can be sources of joy and opportunities for mindfulness. This week, our guest... more

20 Jun 2024 · 23 minutes
Happiness Break: How to Relax Your Body Through A Standing Meditation, With Sherry Zhang

Last week on The Science of Happiness, we discussed the scientifically proven health benefits of the ancient Chinese practice of... more

13 Jun 2024 · 5 minutes
How Qigong Can Calm Your Mind and Body

Studies show qigong can strengthen your body and mind, and reduce cortisol levels. We explore this Chinese meditative movement practice... more

06 Jun 2024 · 22 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation on How To Be Your Best Self, with Justin Michael Williams

Here's a favorite of ours: visualize your best possible self and tap into your inherent enough-ness with this guided meditation... more

30 May 2024 · 7 minutes
Encore: Why We Need Friends With Shared Interests

She's the world's leading animal behaviorist and an autism advocacy leader. Guest Temple Grandin shares what kind of support systems... more

23 May 2024 · 17 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation on Cultivating Awe Through Colors

Experiencing awe can help us slow down and connect to the world around us. So how can we harness the... more

16 May 2024 · 6 minutes
How Birdsong Can Help Your Mental Health

Hearing birdsong can help us feel less anxious, recover from stress faster, and even reduce muscle tension ... but can... more

09 May 2024 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation on Pilina: Our Deep Interconnectedness, With Jo Qina'au

Pilina is an indigenous Hawaiian word, or concept, that describes our deep interconnectedness. Harvard Clinical Psychology Fellow Jo Qina'au guides... more

02 May 2024 · 10 minutes
Are You Remembering The Good Times?

Thinking about happy memories activates reward centers in our brains, and can help us feel more connected and accepted. Palestinian-American... more

25 Apr 2024 · 19 minutes
Happiness Break: A Walking Meditation with Dan Harris of 10% Happier

A walking meditation led by 10% Happier Host Dan HarrisHow to Do This Practice: Begin walking. Bring your awareness to the present... more

18 Apr 2024 · 7 minutes
How To Make Work More Satisfying

Finding ways to bend tasks toward your strengths and passions can make you happier, more productive and find more meaning... more

11 Apr 2024 · 15 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation To Move Through Anger, With Eve Ekman

Accepting difficult feelings like anger or irritation can help us keep our cool, feel better overall, and find calm on... more

04 Apr 2024 · 7 minutes
How To Talk To People You Disagree With

We learn techniques for working across the aisle without compromising our values from a Democratic politician in one of the... more

28 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
Happiness Break: Tap into the Joy that Surrounds You, With Anushka Fernandopulle

Beyond just feeling good, studies show experiencing other people's joy makes us more compassionate and satisfied with life.Link to episode... more

21 Mar 2024 · 4 minutes
Who’s Always There for You?

When we remember the times someone had our back, it changes the way we view ourselves and the world. Our... more

14 Mar 2024 · 16 minutes
Happiness Break: Where Did You Come From? Guided Writing With Lyla June

Indigenous artist Lyla June leads a 5-minute freewriting exercise about our personal journeys. Autobiographical writing has been shown to help... more

07 Mar 2024 · 9 minutes
Why Grownups Should Be Playful Too

Playfulness can improve your relationships, help you excel at work, and reduce stress. We explore a strategy shown to help... more

29 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation on Playfulness, With Dacher Keltner

We all have a playful side, and research shows acting on it can help us when we need to move... more

22 Feb 2024 · 6 minutes
Encore: How to Feel Less Pressed for Time

When we devote a little time to the other people in our life, we actually feel like we have more... more

15 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
Happiness Break: Wrap Yourself in Kindness, With Jack Kornfield

When we treat ourselves with kindness and gratitude, research shows we feel more motivated and less self-critical. Meditation teacher Jack... more

08 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
What To Do When You Don’t Like The Way You Feel

Our guest tried a practice in Radical Acceptance, a Buddhist principle made popular by today's expert, psychologist Tara Brach.  Link to... more

01 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: Radical Acceptance, With Tara Brach

A meditation in meeting our most difficult emotions — like anger, disappointment, or fear — with mindfulness and gentle care. Link... more

25 Jan 2024 · 8 minutes
How (And Why) To Find More Beauty in the Everyday

What happens when we intentionally look for beautiful things in our day-to-day lives? We explore a lab-tested practice shown to help you feel... more

18 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation to Find Grounding in the New Year, With Spring Washam

Research shows feeling connected with nature can lower our stress response. This visualization meditation can help you feel at ease,... more

11 Jan 2024 · 7 minutes
How to Stick to Your Resolutions in 2024

Join our limited newsletter The Science of Habits to get curated, science-backed tips to help make your New Years resolution... more

04 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
Happiness Break: Visualizing Your Best Self in Relationships, With Dacher Keltner

When we imagine our best possible selves in our relationships, we feel more motivated to achieve our goals and a... more

28 Dec 2023 · 7 minutes
How Thinking About Your Ancestors Can Help You Thrive

Join our limited newsletter, The Science of Habits, to get curated, science-backed tips to help make your New Year's resolution... more

21 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation for Seeking Forgiveness, With Shelly Tygielski

Join our limited newsletter The Science of Habits to get curated, science-backed tips to help make your New Years resolution... more

14 Dec 2023 · 7 minutes
When It's Hard To Connect, Try Being Curious

Join our limited newsletter The Science of Habits to get curated, science-backed tips to help make your New Years resolution... more

07 Dec 2023 · 17 minutes
Happiness Break: A Visualization to Connect With Your Heritage, With Bryant Terry

Chef and author Bryant Terry leads us through a visualization to connect with our ancestors by appreciating our families' traditional... more

30 Nov 2023 · 8 minutes
Being Kind is Good for Your Health

Join our limited newsletter The Science of Habits to get curated, science-backed tips to help make your New Year’s resolution... more

23 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Happiness Break: Feel more Gratitude, With Eve Ekman

Renew your sense of gratitude by remembering acts of kindness, with social scientist and meditation teacher Eve Ekman. Link to episode... more

16 Nov 2023 · 8 minutes
Encore: The Science of a Good Night's Sleep

This week we revisit our science-backed tips for a good night's sleep with sleep scientist Eti Ben Simon and host... more

09 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Happiness Break: Find Calm When You Can't Clear Your Mind, With Lama Rod Owens

Take a break from ruminating with Lama Rod Owens as he leads you in a meditation to cultivate a sky-like... more

02 Nov 2023 · 7 minutes
The Science of Singing Along

For time immemorial, humans have connected deeply through singing with one another. We explore the science behind this, plus how... more

26 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
A Meditation For Connecting In Polarized Times, With Scott Shigeoka

Having a curious approach to life can improve our mood, creativity and relationships. Scott Shigeoka leads a visualization exercise to... more

19 Oct 2023 · 9 minutes
How Holding Yourself Can Reduce Stress

Simple actions like consciously placing a hand on your heart or hugging yourself can lower your cortisol levels, heart rate,... more

12 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
5 Minutes of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, With Jo Qina'au

When we mindfully tense and then release our muscles, our bodies are telling our brains to relax. Try this practice... more

05 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
How To Use Your Body to Relax your Mind

Want to destress your mind? Start with your body. Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a practice where you methodically tense and... more

28 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation for Groundedness, With Diana Parra (English & Spanish)

Take a moment to ground yourself with this meditation that helps bring awareness to the relationship between ourselves and the... more

21 Sep 2023 · 8 minutes
Happiness Break: Una meditación para enraizar, con Diana Parra (inglés y español)

Tómate un momento para conectarte con esta meditación que ayuda a tomar conciencia de la relación entre nosotros y la... more

21 Sep 2023 · 9 minutes
Making Difficult Interactions More Respectful

Dr. Omar Guzman reflects on how a practice to cultivate more respect shaped the way he interacts with his patients.  Link to... more

14 Sep 2023 · 17 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation to Inspire a Sense of Purpose

Take a few minutes to reflect on someone who inspires you, and how you can embody the values you admire... more

07 Sep 2023 · 8 minutes
Why Compassion Requires Vulnerability

Rapper Rexx Life Raj shared his deepest pain in his latest album, and discovered it was one big compassion practice... more

31 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Happiness Break: Awe in Impermanence

Take a few minutes to develop your sense of awe for the circle of life in this meditation with Dacher... more

24 Aug 2023 · 8 minutes
Why Humor Matters for Happiness

Humor can help us with stress, anxiety and feeling more connected to others. But is humor connected to mindfulness? And... more

17 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Happiness Break: Making Music With Your Body, With Keith Terry

Relieve stress, boost self-esteem, and increase focus through a simple body music practice. And do it with a friend to... more

10 Aug 2023 · 7 minutes
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5 Minutes of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, With Jo Qina'au
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When we mindfully tense and then release our muscles, our bodies are telling our brains to relax. Try this practice that's proven... more