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The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
Pushkin Industries

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re... more

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Happiness Through Generosity : Liz Dunn on The TED Interview

Liz Dunn is a regular guest on The Happiness Lab, but in this extended interview with TED's Chris Anderson she... more

20 May 2024 · 53 minutes
Unlock Your Hidden Potential with Adam Grant and Maya Shankar

A chance to hear a recent episode of A Slight Change of Plans in which Maya Shankar asks psychologist Adam... more

13 May 2024 · 42 minutes
Five Tips to be Happier at Work (Dr Laurie at SXSW)

Work is a worry. Are we paid enough? Should we be getting promoted quicker? Is artificial intelligence about to replace... more

06 May 2024 · 56 minutes
Tame Those Devices: 10 Tips to Achieve Digital Balance

Technology is amazing! We can make video calls, find facts in an instant and watch movies on our phones. We... more

29 Apr 2024 · 39 minutes
How to Grow After Adversity

Karen Guggenheim was devastated by the death of her husband, Ricardo. She was alive, but dead to the world around... more

22 Apr 2024 · 40 minutes
Simple Ways to Feel Great Every Day - with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Medical doctors are waking up to the importance of happiness, partly prompted by the work of people like Rangan Chatterjee.... more

15 Apr 2024 · 52 minutes
How to Make America's Young People Happier Again

The US is sliding down the world happiness rankings - but it's the unhappiness of young people that's really dragging... more

08 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
Can Happiness Ward Off Dementia?

Age is the main risk factor for cognitive decline. So with more people around the world living longer, cases of... more

01 Apr 2024 · 35 minutes
What Can We Learn From the Happiest Country on Earth?

There are certain nations which always top the rankings in the World Happiness Report. What are they doing right, that... more

25 Mar 2024 · 37 minutes
Pushkin Hosts Celebrate World Happiness Day

The Happiness Lab’s Dr. Laurie Santos brings together other Pushkin hosts to mark the International Day of Happiness. Revisionist History’s... more

20 Mar 2024 · 48 minutes
The Happiness of Subtraction

We often think adding more things to our lives will make us happier - more trips, more activities, more possessions.... more

11 Mar 2024 · 35 minutes
Why the "Good Enough" Relationship Beats the "Perfect Partner"

Fairy tales and Hollywood rom coms have taught us to expect perfection from a soul mate, but sex and relationships... more

04 Mar 2024 · 39 minutes
A Supercommunicator's Guide to Love and Dating

Some people ask searching questions and then really listen to the replies. These so-called supercommunicators make great romantic partners, so... more

26 Feb 2024 · 51 minutes
Can Couples Learn to Argue Better?

No matter how much you love your partner, your relationship will never be totally free from disagreement. And nor should... more

19 Feb 2024 · 34 minutes
Love Lessons from the "Masters of Relationships"

Some people are just good at building and maintaining healthy partnerships. In their 'Love Lab", the married researchers Dr John... more

12 Feb 2024 · 45 minutes
The Sweet Smell of Happiness

Does happiness have a scent? Dr Laurie has been trying to remove the bad smells in her life and bring... more

05 Feb 2024 · 51 minutes
How Getting Active Can Make You Happier

Busy scientist Adam Aron had too much on his plate to think deeply about climate change - until he read... more

15 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Being Green Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Fun... or Cutting Out Meat

We often think of fighting climate change as a drain on our happiness - it'll mean sacrificing the things we... more

08 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Why our Brains Don't Fear Climate Change Enough

Humans are great at reacting to mortal danger... but only sometimes. Unfortunately, some risks to our safety and wellbeing don't... more

02 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
When Stalin Killed the Weekend - A Happiness Lab/Cautionary Tales Crossover

Time off work is vital for your happiness. So what would you do if you couldn't take the same rest... more

18 Dec 2023 · 36 minutes
Build The Life You Want from Oprah's Super Soul

Enjoy this episode of another show you might like: the Build the Life You Want Super Soul Podcast. Oprah and... more

15 Dec 2023 · 54 minutes
Is There a Gen Z Happiness Crisis? Dr Laurie Meets the US Surgeon General

Have we created a culture where young people prioritize good grades, social media likes and constant hustling over the important... more

11 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
How Eating Got Complicated

For our ancient ancestors food was just another thing they needed to survive - like sleep, shelter or warmth. But... more

04 Dec 2023 · 43 minutes
Awe and Psychedelics with Michael Pollan

Laurie's former student and friend, Dr. Maya Shankar, has a Pushkin podcast we love called A Slight Change of Plans.... more

01 Dec 2023 · 37 minutes
Giving Away Cash Makes You Happy... and Transforms Lives

YOU can boost your happiness and transform the lives of people in one African village with a cash gift by going... more

27 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
Make America Happy Again

We're distrustful, unequal and isolated. That's according to the figures showing a decline in happy community feeling since the 1960s.... more

20 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Cheers was a sitcom hit in the 80s thanks to a theme tune promising that the fictional bar was a... more

13 Nov 2023 · 30 minutes
Don't Make Friends Where You Make Your Money?

Work and friendship don't mix, thought Katherine Hu. A recent graduate, she found it harder to form bonds with colleagues... more

06 Nov 2023 · 33 minutes
Ask for Help... and Spread Happiness

Jia Jiang dreamed of being the next Bill Gates... but an entrepreneur needs the courage and confidence to ask for... more

30 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
The Introvert's Guide to Extroversion

Jessica Pan hated social gatherings - she cried when her friends threw her a surprise birthday party, and was even... more

23 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Text a Friend... Right Now!

When did you last check in on a friend? Maybe the last time you did, their reply was terse or... more

16 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
How to Make Friends and Compliment People

Connecting with people is a sure-fire way to be happier - and you can quickly build relationships with friends and... more

09 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Grover’s Super Solution to Self-Talk

It's not always easy being a podcast host. Dr Laurie is stressed, making mistakes and blaming herself. When things go... more

02 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Big Bird Has Big Feelings

You don't need to be 8 feet tall like Big Bird to have big, big feelings. We all experience emotions... more

25 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Dr Laurie and Sesame Street: Abby Cadabby and the Magic of Gratitude

It's never too early or too late to learn how to be happier. Whether you're aged 3, 23 or 103,... more

18 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
Build the Life You Want... Advice from Arthur Brooks and Oprah

Oprah Winfrey and Arthur Brooks want you to be happier - so the TV megastar and the Harvard academic teamed... more

12 Sep 2023 · 53 minutes
Laurie Has Fun... Part 2 ICYMI

Am I a fun person? That was the question listener Natalie Robinson was asking herself. The answer was sobering. Natalie... more

07 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Laurie Has Fun... Part 1 ICYMI

Listener Natalie Robinson was worried she and her fellow running club members weren't having enough fun - life was just... more

07 Aug 2023 · 37 minutes
'Do We Even Have Fun Anymore?' A Listener's Story of Funterventions

Natalie Robinson used to have fun - taking her kids to the zoo or the waterpark - but recently life... more

31 Jul 2023 · 36 minutes
The Unhappy Millionaire ICYMI

Recovering from a car crash that smashed her face, listener Rebecca Kaduru stumbled across an episode of The Happiness Lab... more

24 Jul 2023 · 40 minutes
'I Woke up in an Ambulance Stuck in Traffic.' : A Listener's Story of Recovery

Rebecca Kaduru was driving home... then woke up in an ambulance. She'd been in involved in an accident and her... more

17 Jul 2023 · 48 minutes
Ask Us Anything! Laurie and Gretchen Take Your Questions (Live from Toronto)

What do you do when you enter "survival mode"? How can you become better at forging social connections? Can you... more

29 May 2023 · 33 minutes
With Elmo's Help... It's Never Too Early to Learn About Happiness

Not matter if you're aged three or 103, you can learn to be happier using pretty much the same strategies.... more

22 May 2023 · 32 minutes
Can Spiritual Experiences and Psychedelics Make us Happy? (LIVE from DC)

More than a third of us admit to having had a spiritual experience. We might have been profoundly moved by... more

15 May 2023 · 41 minutes
Why We're Mean to Our Future Selves (LIVE from Boston)

Who do we volunteer to run a gruelling half-marathon? Who do we expect to give up sugar, or quit drinking?... more

08 May 2023 · 40 minutes
The Man Who Invented Happiness Science: Marty Seligman

When Marty Seligman started his long scientific career, psychologists concentrated on studying "misery and suffering" and what made people sad.... more

01 May 2023 · 41 minutes
Smell, Taste and Touch: How to Joyfully Awaken Your Senses

Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin was warned that her eyesight was in peril. It shocked her into realising she'd taken all... more

24 Apr 2023 · 32 minutes
Sight and Sound: How to Joyfully Awaken Your Senses

Are you seeing what you look at? Or tuning in to the noises all around you? We take our senses... more

17 Apr 2023 · 34 minutes
Do We Need a New Word for 'Happiness'? Katie Couric talks to Dr Laurie Santos

Laurie swaps seats in the studio to be interviewed by none other than Katie Couric. In this episode of Next... more

10 Apr 2023 · 35 minutes
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Sikhism and Daily Habits

Following 9/11, Simran Jeet Singh's Sikh family in Texas was subjected to extreme racist abuse. And yet, Simran's father chose... more

03 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Sikhism and How We're All Connected

Educator and author Simran Jeet Singh is Sikh. Most of his fellow Americans have no idea what Sikhism is -... more

27 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Yoga of the Mind

We often think of yoga as a physical exercise - but a centuries-old Sanskrit text, The Yoga Sutras, share teachings... more

20 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Trauma of Troy

In Virgil's epic poem, The Aeneid, few Trojans survive the destruction of their city at the hands of their Greek... more

13 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Anger of Achilles

Achilles has anger issues. The great Greek warrior sits out most of the Trojan War because he's angrily sulking. When... more

06 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Aristotle and Plato ICYMI

The Greek thinker Socrates was put to death for encouraging his students to question everything - from their own beliefs... more

27 Feb 2023 · 56 minutes
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Socrates and Self-Knowledge

Question everything... that's a key insight from the great Greek philosopher Socrates. We may think we know ourselves and what... more

20 Feb 2023 · 44 minutes
The Happiness of Silence

We're surrounded by noise. That "noise" can be actual sounds - but also other annoyances and distractions that make it... more

30 Jan 2023 · 32 minutes
Stop Looking for the Perfect Job - a "Good Enough Job" is Just Fine

We can put huge amounts of physical and emotional energy into our jobs - even basing our self-worth on our... more

23 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
A Daily Workout to Tackle Nagging Self-Criticism

Lots of us hit the gym in January to get fit - but should we also be exercising our minds... more

16 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
How to Eat Intuitively

Everyone has a view about what you should eat and how much. We're so bombarded with fad diets, fasting plans... more

09 Jan 2023 · 33 minutes
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We're surrounded by noise. That "noise" can be actual sounds - but also other annoyances and distractions that make it hard for... more