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The Science of Happiness

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Science and stories for a meaningful life. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner, The Science of Happiness highlights the most provocative and practical findings from the ground-breaking science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Co-produced by PRI and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

Science and stories for a meaningful life. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner, The Science of Happiness highlights the most provocative and practical findings from the ground-breaking science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Co-produced by PRI and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.
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United States

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Science and stories for a meaningful life. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner, The Science of Happiness highlights the most provocative and practical findings from the ground-breaking science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Co-produced by PRI and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

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English


Episodes

Being Kinder to Yourself

12/6/2018
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When you’re helping others cope with stress and anxiety, how do you deal with your own? Psychiatrist Elizabeth Guinto tries a practice to be kinder to herself.

Duration:00:20:44

W. Kamau Bell’s Thoughts on Awkward Relationships and Bridging Divides

11/29/2018
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Comedian W. Kamau Bell discusses the challenges of finding common ground, even with people in your own family.

Duration:00:16:43

Find Your Inner Calm

11/22/2018
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International megastar Daniel Wu tries a practice that brings him calm amidst the chaos.

Duration:00:18:56

These Words Cause Happiness

11/15/2018
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Did you know that you have the power to spark happiness in someone else's brain with just a few simple words? College student Eva Dickerson shares how she spread happiness across her campus, equipped with just her iPhone and some compliments.

Duration:00:17:34

Try This Recipe for Happiness

11/8/2018
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Our Happiness Guinea Pig, children's author Joanne Rocklin, shares her happiness practice: bringing people together to share a meal. It took on a deeper meaning for her after a recent tragedy.

Duration:00:22:46

Can’t Relax? This Will Help

11/1/2018
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Why does a bath or swim feel so relaxing? Our guest shares her own happiness practice--spending time in water--which science is finding can make us happier and healthier.

Duration:00:18:36

How to Make an Apology

10/25/2018
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"I'm sorry you feel that way." Some apologies can actually make things worse. Our Happiness Guinea Pigs, Jolenta Greenburg and Kristin Meinzer of the By the Book podcast, try a more effective way of saying sorry.

Duration:00:23:04

How to Deal with Uncertainty

10/18/2018
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How do you respond when you feel threatened or defensive? Our Happiness Guinea Pig, writer Wajahat Ali, discovers a way to keep himself centered amidst the challenges and chaos of life.

Duration:00:21:02

BONUS: The Science of Happiness at Work

10/11/2018
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What would make you happier at work? Featuring some of our happiness guinea pigs, we share the latest insights and research on well-being and happiness in the workplace.

Duration:00:58:49

What if You Had Never Met?

8/9/2018
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Do you take your partner for granted? Our Happiness Guinea Pig, cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, imagines a life in which he never met his wife.

Duration:00:16:36

How to Stop Dwelling

8/2/2018
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Are you stuck ruminating about the past? Legendary skater Tommy Guerrero tries looking at negative events from a different perspective.

Duration:00:17:17

Listen Like It's Your First Date

7/26/2018
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Do you find yourself looking at your phone when you're supposed to be paying attention to a friend? Our Happiness Guinea Pig, The Takeaway's Tanzina Vega trades in her technology for some old school listening.

Duration:00:20:41

Why You Shouldn't Hate Small Talk

7/19/2018
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Many of us avoid chatting with strangers – isn't small talk tedious and dull? Listen as our happiness guinea pig discovers its surprising benefits.

Duration:00:13:05

How to Change Your Mind

7/12/2018
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Author Michael Pollan, shares his experiences on being a guinea pig for his new book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.

Duration:00:21:53

How to Find Your Purpose in Life

7/5/2018
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Did you know what you wanted when you were in high school? Our teen guinea pig takes on the challenge of figuring out her purpose in life.

Duration:00:18:11

What Are You Afraid Of?

6/28/2018
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Would you rather swim with sharks or give a speech before thousands of people? Discover how our happiness guinea pig tackled one of his many fears--and lived to talk about it.

Duration:00:20:51

How to Forgive Your Father

6/21/2018
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Holding on to a grudge? Hear how our happiness guinea pig tried to let go of deep-seated anger and resentment.

Duration:00:19:12

Feeling Angry? Try This

6/14/2018
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For years, Dan Harris of ABC News was plagued by anxiety, depression, and streaks of anger. Here's how he learned to tame the voices in his head and get 10 percent happier.

Duration:00:20:28

Let People Help You

6/7/2018
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In hard times, do you seek comfort from others or turn inwards? Find out how our Happiness Guinea Pig emerged from trauma by accepting others' support. Thank you for your emails, calls, and letters! We think your stories will inspire others and we’ll be sharing some of them on the show. So call us at (510) 519-4903 and let us know how doing the Feeling Supported practice went for you! Support for this podcast comes from Sun Basket. We all know that every part of our life is enhanced when...

Duration:00:19:49

Is There Someone You Need to Thank?

4/2/2018
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Is there someone important you've never properly thanked? Award-winning children's book author, Yuyi Morales, discovers the power of writing a "gratitude letter" to the librarian who changed her life.

Duration:00:23:55