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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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The Happiness of the Long Distance Runner

Georgia Bell was a great runner as a child - but in college she fell out of love with the... more

22 Jul 2024 · 33 minutes
How Talking to a Friend Helps (Live at The International Festival of Arts and Ideas)

Making shows about her own happiness challenges was both fun and instructive for Dr Laurie, but it also took guts... more

19 Jul 2024 · 48 minutes
A Matter of Life and Death

Dr Laurie HATES thinking about her own death. It's scary, creepy and morbid, right? Wrong. Thinking about our finite lives... more

15 Jul 2024 · 32 minutes
Why Don't We Have a 15-hour Work Week?

By 2030 we'll only work 15 hours a week, predicted the legendary economist John Maynard Keynes back in 1930. He... more

08 Jul 2024 · 35 minutes
Does the You of Today Hate the You of Tomorrow?

We often do things now that will make our lives more difficult or stressful in the future. We spend money,... more

01 Jul 2024 · 28 minutes
The Power of Awe... and Where to Find it

Awe reduces stress, helps us forget our minor worries and makes us feel more connected to the people around us.... more

24 Jun 2024 · 31 minutes
How to Tame Stress

Dr Laurie is stressed, and it's harming her health. Constant worry and stress is bad for our bodies and our... more

17 Jun 2024 · 37 minutes
How I Stopped Fearing Boredom

Dr Laurie HATES boredom! Since childhood she's found it so painful that she'll do anything to avoid being bored. She'll... more

10 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
How to Fight Perfectionism

Holding yourself to impossibly high standards is self-defeating and makes for a miserable life. Can Dr Laurie Santos find ways... more

03 Jun 2024 · 29 minutes
My Personal Struggle to be Happy (Coming June 3)

Sometimes the happiness teacher flunks her own class. In a deeply personal new season, Dr Laurie Santos opens up about... more

27 May 2024 · 1 minute
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
The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
How Eating Got Complicated
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For our ancient ancestors food was just another thing they needed to survive - like sleep, shelter or warmth. But in the... more