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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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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
How Improv Makes You More Confident and Less Anxious

Just 20 minutes of improv theater can foster creativity and confidence, and help with anxiety, depression, and your ability to... more

03 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: A Mindful Breath Meditation, with Dacher Keltner

Mindful breathing exercises are a simple, effective, and fast way to shift our mindset and improve physical and mental well-being... more

27 Jul 2023 · 5 minutes
How To Let Go Without Giving Up

War veteran and country music singer Sal Gonzalez tries the Taoist practice of Wu Wei to improve his relationship with... more

20 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
Happiness Break: Moving Through Space, With Dacher Keltner

Moving meditations can help reduce stress and boost self-awareness. Improve your ability to sense your body in space with this... more

13 Jul 2023 · 7 minutes
Finding Delight Through Your 5 Senses

We enjoy the world through our five senses, so why don't we do more to heighten them? We explore the... more

06 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
Happiness Break: What To Do When You're Struggling, With Spring Washam

Treating yourself with kindness reduces anxiety and improves coping skills. Spring Washam encourages us to be more self-compassionate through a... more

29 Jun 2023 · 8 minutes
How To Feel Better About Yourself

Self-compassion reduces our feelings of shame and self-doubt. We explore a practice to help quiet our inner critic with kindness. Link... more

22 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Happiness Break: Wishing Others Well, With Anushka Fernandopulle

Cultivate a sense of compassion for yourself and others by trying a meditation rooted in loving kindness, called "Metta." Link to... more

15 Jun 2023 · 8 minutes
Where To Look For Joy

How can we feel more moments of joy? We explore the science of joy and how we can cultivate it... more

08 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
Happiness Break: Who Takes Care of You? With Dacher Keltner

When we feel cared for, our cortisol levels drop, we feel safe, and we handle stress better. Dacher leads a... more

01 Jun 2023 · 9 minutes
Feeling Overworked? Take a "Fika" Break

A short break does more than just fuel our bodies, it strengthens our minds. Our overworked guest tries the Swedish... more

25 May 2023 · 15 minutes
How To Be in Harmony in Nature — Wherever You Are, With Yuria Celidwen

Indigenous scholar Yuria Celidwen guides us in a meditation to strengthen our sense of belonging and connection to the earth. Link... more

18 May 2023 · 9 minutes
How To Do Good for the Environment (And Yourself)

Walking can increase our sense of connectedness with the earth and motivation to take climate action, which might be an... more

11 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Happiness Break: Contemplating our Interdependence with Nature, with Dekila Chungyalpa

Take ten minutes to renew your connection to the earth through this guided meditation on our interdependence with the ecosystem. Link... more

04 May 2023 · 9 minutes
How to Feel More Hopeful

How can we build a sense of hope when the future feels uncertain? Poet Tomás Morín tries a writing practice... more

27 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
The Case for Climate Hope

In the first episode in our series Climate, Hope and Science, we explore how embracing uncertainty enables us to move... more

22 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Happiness Break: Sketching Serenity with Chris Murchison

Happiness Break: Sketching Serenity with Chris Murchison A guided drawing meditation to help you break out of stale thought patterns and... more

20 Apr 2023 · 9 minutes
A New Relationship with Stress

Is there such a thing as good stress? Our guest learns to welcome her stress by understanding how it can... more

13 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Happiness Break: Visualizing Your Purpose, with Dacher Keltner

Finding a greater sense of purpose can help us achieve our goals and strengthen our relationships. Dacher leads a meditation... more

06 Apr 2023 · 9 minutes
Encore: 24 Hours of Kindness

Why should you be nice? Our guest explores how small, daily acts of kindness can produce meaningful life changes. Link to... more

30 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: Embodying Resilience, with Prentis Hemphill

What if you could tap into your inherent resilience at any time? Prentis Hemphill guides a meditation to turn good... more

23 Mar 2023 · 9 minutes
One Way to Make Work More Meaningful

We all overestimate how much we know. Our guest tries a practice in slowing down to ask more questions, and... more

16 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: Pause to Look at the Sky, with Dacher Keltner

Take a moment to appreciate the beauty and vastness of the sky. Dacher Keltner guides us through a practice of... more

09 Mar 2023 · 7 minutes
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

02 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
Happiness Break: Being Present from Head to Toe, Spring Washam

Try this body-scan meditation to ground your mind in the present moment and in your body, guided by Spring Washam. Link... more

23 Feb 2023 · 10 minutes
Why We Need Reminders of Connectedness

How can we feel more connected to our loved ones, even when they're not around? Our guest tries a practice... more

16 Feb 2023 · 14 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation for When Others are Suffering, with Anushka Fernandopulle

Seeing others suffering is painful. Learn to practice both compassion and self-soothing in this guided meditation led by Anushka Fernandopulle. Link... more

09 Feb 2023 · 8 minutes
How Music Evokes Awe

Why do some songs send chills down your spine or give you goosebumps? We explore the science of how music... more

02 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
Happiness Break: Feeling the Awe of Nature from Anywhere, with Dacher Keltner

Host Dacher Keltner leads us through an exercise in feeling the serenity and wonder that nature brings us, no matter... more

26 Jan 2023 · 7 minutes
Why We Should Look Up at the Sky

When did you last take a moment to really look up at the sky? Shifting our gaze upward is linked... more

19 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
Happiness Break: Awe for Others, with Dacher Keltner

The communities we create are one of the most awe-inspiring parts of our lives. Host Dacher Keltner guides us in... more

12 Jan 2023 · 8 minutes
How Awe Brings Us Together

Feeling awe changes your brain. In our first episode in a series about the science awe, we explore how awe... more

05 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Happiness Break: An Affirmation Practice for the New Year, with Chris Murchison

This New Year, affirm the wonderful qualities you already possess with this meditative writing practice called "I Am." Link to episode... more

29 Dec 2022 · 8 minutes
How to Make Life More Meaningful

Chris Sharma is one of the greatest rock climbers of all time, and he's taking on some of the biggest... more

22 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: Finding Presence Through Your Senses, with Dacher Keltner

Sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste: all of our five senses provide unique pathways to presence and happiness. We spend a few minutes... more

15 Dec 2022 · 7 minutes
The Science of Synchronized Movement

Moving in sync with someone else — even a total stranger — can change how you feel about them, and... more

08 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
Happiness Break: Tune Into Your Body, with Radha Agrawal

Happiness isn't only in your head — your body is important, too. This week, Radha Agrawal leads us in a... more

01 Dec 2022 · 7 minutes
How to Practice Gratitude When You're Not Feeling Thankful

One way to feel more thankful for things is to imagine life without them. Our guest tries a practice for... more

24 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
Happiness Break: 5 Minutes of Gratitude, with Dacher Keltner

Not sure how to start practicing gratitude? Psychologist Dacher Keltner guides you through a practice that can help you see... more

17 Nov 2022 · 7 minutes
The Emerging Science of ASMR (Encore)

There are millions of YouTube videos with people crinkling bubble wrap or whispering about folding laundry. Our guest talks about... more

10 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: Making Space for You, with Alex Elle

Consider what you want to make space for in your life in this 6-minute contemplation guided by Alex Elle. Link to... more

03 Nov 2022 · 6 minutes
Happiness Break: Restore Through Silence, with Tricia Hersey

When was the last time you spent a moment savoring silence? Tricia Hersey, aka The Nap Bishop, guides us through... more

20 Oct 2022 · 9 minutes
How to Focus Under Pressure

Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider tries a body scan meditation to sharpen her focus and calm her nerves as she prepares... more

13 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: How to Awaken Joy, with Spring Washam

Cultivate more joy in your life with this practice led by meditation teacher and author Spring Washam. Link to episode transcript:... more

06 Oct 2022 · 10 minutes
Why Listen to the Other Side?

These days, it's hard to imagine befriending people with different politics than your own. But these two men did it... more

29 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Happiness Break: Six Minutes to Connect with Your Body, with Dacher Keltner

Dedicating a little time to tune into your body fortifies you to better handle the stresses of daily life. Link to... more

22 Sep 2022 · 7 minutes
Nine Steps to Forgiveness

How do you forgive someone while still holding them accountable? What if that person is yourself? This week, our guest... more

15 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: A Note to Self on Forgiveness, with Alex Elle

Letting go of our regrets can motivate us to improve and help us grow. Alex Elle, a certified breathwork and... more

08 Sep 2022 · 11 minutes
When Rumination Is a Good Thing

When's the last time you made a good memory — intentionally? Our guest tries a practice in cultivating positive experiences... more

01 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
Happiness Break: A Meditation to Connect to Your Roots, with Yuria Celidwen

When was the last time you thought about your ancestors? This guided meditation by indigenous scholar Yuria Celidwen will help... more

25 Aug 2022 · 10 minutes
Riding The Waves of Anxiety

Comedian Aparna Nancherla has always struggled with anxiety — can a new technique help her cope? Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/33y2hta5 Episode... more

18 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
Happiness Break: Walk Your Way to Calm, with Dacher Keltner

A few slow, mindful paces can lower your cortisol and make you more at ease. Psychologist Dacher Keltner guides you... more

11 Aug 2022 · 6 minutes
36 Questions to Spark Intimacy

What if you could fall in love, or forge deep connections in just 45 minutes? Our guests try out 36... more

04 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: How to Ground Yourself, with Yuria Celidwen

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

28 Jul 2022 · 10 minutes
How to Feel Less Lonely and More Connected

When we feel more connected, we're kinder and care more for others. After 21 years of being incarcerated, our guest... more

21 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
Happiness Break: Experience Nature Wherever You Are, with Dacher Keltner

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

14 Jul 2022 · 7 minutes
How to Make Better Decisions (Encore)

Can practicing mindfulness make us wiser? Judge Jeremy Fogel explores how being present in the moment helps him keep a... more

07 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Happiness Break: 36 Questions to Feel Connected, with Dacher Keltner

Having close bonds with others is one of the most important things to our happiness. Host Dacher Keltner walks you... more

30 Jun 2022 · 8 minutes
How to Say "Sorry" Like You Mean It

Apologies are key to successful relationships. But are you doing them right? Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/38dfpe8p Episode summary: We all have moments when... more

23 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Happiness Break: How To Be Your Best Self, with Justin Michael Williams

Visualize your best possible self and tap into your inherent enough-ness with this guided meditation by Justin Michael Williams. Link to... more

16 Jun 2022 · 8 minutes
The Questions to Ask Yourself in an Argument

Our guest explores how reminding yourself that you don't know everything can have a profound impact on your relationships, and... more

09 Jun 2022 · 13 minutes
Happiness Break: How to Be Your Own Best Friend, with Kristen Neff

Take 10 minutes to be guided through a practice meaningful self-care: A self-compassion break with Kristin Neff. How to Do... more

02 Jun 2022 · 9 minutes
Catch Yourself in a Dream

Have you ever known you're dreaming while you're asleep? Our guests try practices to help induce lucid dreams, and we... more

26 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Happiness Break: A 10-Minute Guided Practice, with Dacher Keltner

We guide you through a reflection of three things you're grateful for today. This practice is shown to boost happiness,... more

19 May 2022 · 9 minutes
The Science of a Good Night's Sleep

Do you struggle with sleep? This week Drew Ackerman of Sleep with Me podcast tries tips for a good night's... more

12 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Feel Better About Asking For Help

Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/2p8wnyx6 Episode summary: Emanuel Hahn has never been great at asking for help. He didn’t live with his... more

28 Apr 2022 · 17 minutes
Are You Tired of Being Afraid?

Fear is a normal part of our lives — but there are ways we can safely challenge and conquer it.... more

14 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
How to Find Your Spark in Life

Comedian Marilyn Pittman takes stock of what she really wants in life – and makes a plan to get it. Link to... more

31 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
Are Your Expectations Too High?

High expectations can lead to disappointment, but expecting the worst doesn't feel great, either. This week we explore how to... more

17 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
How to Turn Grief Into Strength

Part of life is experiencing pain and loss. And sometimes, finding meaning in it. We explore a writing practice shown to help... more

03 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
Why You Should Snap Pictures of Nature

A NYT restaurant critic puts down her pen and grabs her camera to capture the beauty of the outdoors. Link to... more

17 Feb 2022 · 18 minutes
When It's Time to Face Your Fears

What happens when we feel compassion for the things that scare us? Shabazz Larkin shares what it's like to face some... more

03 Feb 2022 · 20 minutes
The Case for Believing in Yourself

What does your best possible self look like? Our guest tries a practice in optimism by imagining her brightest future. Link... more

06 Jan 2022 · 17 minutes
How Gratitude Renews Us

Feeling burned out? Our guest, a nurse, explores how cultivating gratitude helps people in high stress jobs. Link to Episode Transcript:... more

23 Dec 2021 · 19 minutes
What Our Photos Say About Us

Can taking a few photos really make you happier? Afghan rocker Sulyman Qardash tries a practice to find meaning through... more

09 Dec 2021 · 18 minutes
Why We Give Thanks

Thank you. Gracias. Merci. Every language has a word for gratitude. But why do we feel it? How can we... more

25 Nov 2021 · 19 minutes
Do You Feel Pressed for Time?

What happens when we share our time? Our guest, chef and author Bryant Terry, pauses to be present with the... more

11 Nov 2021 · 15 minutes
Why You Should Make Small Goals

Comedian Paula Poundstone tries to take on a messy and daunting task, one small step at a time. Link to Episode... more

28 Oct 2021 · 20 minutes
Do You Want to Slow Down?

Anna Sale, host of Death, Sex, and Money, practices awe as an antidote to her anxiety. Link to Episode Transcript: https://tinyurl.com/5n82n9w2

14 Oct 2021 · 19 minutes
Can You Mend a Broken Bond?

They were childhood best friends until one came out as queer. Now, two college students reconnect and try to see the... more

30 Sep 2021 · 21 minutes
100 Good Things

For our 100th episode, host Dacher Keltner sits in the guest chair and tries one of the most popular happiness... more

16 Sep 2021 · 17 minutes
What Happens When We Play

When was the last time you went down a slide? Our guest tries a practice to bring more play into... more

02 Sep 2021 · 21 minutes
How to Not Take People for Granted

What would life be like without the people you care most about? Our guest tries a practice to help appreciate... more

19 Aug 2021 · 16 minutes
How to Tune Out the Noise

Our guest uses her breath to find calm in some of Los Angeles' noisiest neighborhoods. Link to Episode Transcript: https://tinyurl.com/yc7ccv7x

05 Aug 2021 · 18 minutes
Don't be Afraid of Your Anger

What happens when we suppress our anger? And what if we tried to work with it instead? Our guest tries... more

22 Jul 2021 · 18 minutes
How to Enjoy Life More with Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan tries to get more out of life by temporarily giving up one of his pleasure. Link to Episode Transcript:... more

08 Jul 2021 · 19 minutes
How to Craft Your Life

When the world around you changes, so can your goals. This week's guest tries a practice to tap into a... more

24 Jun 2021 · 19 minutes
Noticing Nature in the City

Link to Episode Transcript: https://tinyurl.com/kb6subnc

10 Jun 2021 · 21 minutes
What Humans Can Learn From Trees

Trees don't just compete with one another for resources, they also cooperate. Scientist and author Suzanne Simard explains the surprising... more

27 May 2021 · 17 minutes
Finding Strength through Gratitude

A doctor who serves communities in dire need shares how gratitude helps him find light in the darkness. Link to Episode... more

13 May 2021 · 19 minutes
Why Love Needs Laughter

Focusing on funny things can reduce stress, anxiety, and make us feel more connected to others. Our guests, who were... more

29 Apr 2021 · 19 minutes
How Music Can Bridge Cultures

Have you ever been moved by music sung in a language you don't understand? We speak with Gambian musician Sona... more

15 Apr 2021 · 18 minutes
How Music Soothes Us

What is it about certain melodies that can relax our nerves and rock us to sleep? We explore the science... more

01 Apr 2021 · 17 minutes
David Byrne on How Music Connects Us

Music helped former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne come out of his shell. Hear Byrne's story and learn how music... more

18 Mar 2021 · 25 minutes
Scheduling Time to Feel Awe(some)

Feeling awe can boost your mood and make you feel more connected with others. Comedian Chris Duffy learns how to... more

04 Mar 2021 · 19 minutes
Why We're Drawn to Nature

What happens when we spend time outdoors? We explore how getting out in nature can restore peace of mind—and make... more

18 Feb 2021 · 16 minutes
Are You Setting the Right Goals?

Setting goals can sometimes feel like setting ourselves up for failure. But journalist Monica Campbell finds there's something magical that happens with... more

04 Feb 2021 · 20 minutes
Healing Through Gratitude

A stranger helped her through the hardest day of her life. When she expresses her gratitude, our guest encounters the power of... more

21 Jan 2021 · 16 minutes
How to Talk with Strangers

The way we interact with people who come in and out of our lives has changed since COVID-19. Our guest... more

07 Jan 2021 · 15 minutes
Happy Again: How to Connect When You Must Stay Apart (Encore)

Are you unable to be with your friends and family during the holiday season this year? These 36 questions can bring... more

24 Dec 2020 · 19 minutes
Are You Listening to Your Elders?

Connecting across generations is one of the oldest happiness practices there is. We explore why to honor your elders, along... more

10 Dec 2020 · 21 minutes
How to Make Better Decisions

Can practicing mindfulness make us wiser? Judge Jeremy Fogel explores how being present in the moment helps him keep a... more

26 Nov 2020 · 17 minutes
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,... more

12 Nov 2020 · 16 minutes
Why Voting Connects Us

Why do we vote? We explore the science behind what drives us to the polls, and the benefits we reap... more

29 Oct 2020 · 16 minutes
How to Ride With the Pain

It's easy to be anxious and uncertain about the future—especially if you're eight months pregnant. Our guest tries practices to... more

22 Oct 2020 · 19 minutes
If You Want to Be More Productive, Cut Yourself Some Slack

Feeling hard on yourself? Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp learns to quiet his inner critic and tap into his highest potential. Link... more

08 Oct 2020 · 13 minutes
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,... more

24 Sep 2020 · 18 minutes
24 Hours of Kindness

Why should you be nice? Our guest explores how small, daily acts of kindness can produce meaningful life changes. Link to... more

27 Aug 2020 · 19 minutes
How to Switch Off Your Critics

Do you obsess over negative feedback? Shereen Marisol Meraji, of NPR’s Code Switch, tries a better way to cope. Link to... more

13 Aug 2020 · 20 minutes
How to Reconnect with Your Partner

A couple try a practice to bring more excitement and passion into their relationship, even while sheltering-in-place. Link to Episode Transcript:... more

30 Jul 2020 · 19 minutes
Do You Want to Be More Patient?

We can be at our worst with the people we love best. Our guests try ways to be more calm... more

16 Jul 2020 · 21 minutes
How to Love People You Don't Like

Our guest tries a practice to help her feel compassion toward others — even those she disagrees with. Link to Episode... more

02 Jul 2020 · 23 minutes
What's Your 'Why' in Life?

Adrian Michael Green asks big questions designed to help teens — and adults — find more meaning and purpose in... more

18 Jun 2020 · 23 minutes
From Othering to Belonging

We speak with john a. powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, about racial justice, well-being, and widening our... more

11 Jun 2020 · 26 minutes
Taking Small Steps Toward Big Goals

When our world is turned upside down, how do we keep moving forward? Our guest, award-winning author Christine Day, sets... more

04 Jun 2020 · 15 minutes
How to Connect When You Must Stay Apart

Do you want to be famous? What's a favorite memory? These 36 questions can bring you closer to loved ones, even... more

21 May 2020 · 20 minutes
Give Yourself a Break

Want to calm your inner critic? Our guest tries a practice to find more self-compassion during uncertain times. Link to Episode... more

07 May 2020 · 19 minutes
Helping Kids Think About the Good

Sheltering-at-home with kids? These questions can help them, and us, focus on the good things in life. Link to Episode Transcript:... more

23 Apr 2020 · 19 minutes
Remembering to Breathe

How a doctor stays calm and centered during times of uncertainty, one breath at a time. Link to Episode Transcript: https://tinyurl.com/3fjn655n

09 Apr 2020 · 15 minutes
Staying Close While Physical Distancing

Our guest tries a practice to feel more connected to loved ones, and herself, while sheltering at home. Link to Episode... more

26 Mar 2020 · 16 minutes
Who Would You Be Without Them?

Think of an important person in your life. Now imagine you never met. Our guest practices counting his blessings by... more

12 Mar 2020 · 17 minutes
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Do you want to be famous? What's a favorite memory? These 36 questions can bring you closer to loved ones, even if you're... more