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The Science of Happiness

PRI

Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's 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 professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

Location:

United States

Networks:

PRI

Description:

Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

Language:

English


Episodes

Finding Strength through Gratitude

5/13/2021
A doctor who serves communities in dire need shares how gratitude helps him find light in the darkness.

Duration:00:20:59

Why Love Needs Laughter

4/29/2021
Focusing on funny things can reduce stress, anxiety, and make us feel more connected to others. Our guests, who were high school sweethearts, learn how humor can also strengthen relationships.

Duration:00:21:21

How Music Can Bridge Cultures

4/15/2021
Have you ever been moved by music sung in a language you don't understand? We speak with Gambian musician Sona Jobarteh about how music can connect us across cultures.

Duration:00:21:30

How Music Soothes Us

4/1/2021
What is it about certain melodies that can relax our nerves and rock us to sleep? We explore the science of calming music with pianist Rosey Chan.

Duration:00:20:47

David Byrne on How Music Connects Us

3/18/2021
Music helped former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne come out of his shell. Hear Byrne's story and learn how music creates social bonds in part one of our series, The Science of Music and Happiness.

Duration:00:28:49

Scheduling Time to Feel Awe(some)

3/4/2021
Feeling awe can boost your mood and make you feel more connected with others. Comedian Chris Duffy learns how to tap into that sense.

Duration:00:21:31

Why We're Drawn to Nature

2/18/2021
What happens when we spend time outdoors? We explore how getting out in nature can restore peace of mind—and make us more creative.

Duration:00:19:12

Are You Setting the Right Goals?

2/4/2021
Setting goals can sometimes feel like setting ourselves up for failure. But journalist Monica Campbell finds there's something magical that happens with certain kinds of goals.

Duration:00:22:54

Healing Through Gratitude

1/21/2021
A stranger helped her through the hardest day of her life. When she expresses her gratitude, our guest encounters the power of true connection.

Duration:00:19:26

How to Talk with Strangers

1/7/2021
The way we interact with people who come in and out of our lives has changed since COVID-19. Our guest tries a practice to connect with strangers while keeping a social distance.

Duration:00:17:05

Happy Again: How to Connect When You Must Stay Apart (Encore)

12/24/2020
Are you unable to be with your friends and family during the holiday season this year? These 36 questions can bring you closer to loved ones, even if you're separated.

Duration:00:23:20

Are You Listening to Your Elders?

12/10/2020
Connecting across generations is one of the oldest happiness practices there is. We explore why to honor your elders, along with other practices from indigenous cultures often overlooked by Western science.

Duration:00:25:29

How to Make Better Decisions

11/26/2020
Can practicing mindfulness make us wiser? Judge Jeremy Fogel explores how being present in the moment helps him keep a clear mind and stay connected to his true values.

Duration:00:20:45

How to Give Up a Grudge

11/12/2020
What does it really take to forgive someone? And why should we do it? Our guest, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, tries a practice to let go of anger.

Duration:00:19:21

Why Voting Connects Us

10/29/2020
Why do we vote? We explore the science behind what drives us to the polls, and the benefits we reap for ourselves and communities when we cast our ballots.

Duration:00:19:25

How to Ride With the Pain

10/22/2020
It's easy to be anxious and uncertain about the future—especially if you're eight months pregnant. Our guest tries practices to help her deal with whatever life throws her way.

Duration:00:21:56

If You Want to Be More Productive, Cut Yourself Some Slack

10/8/2020
Feeling hard on yourself? Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp learns to quiet his inner critic and tap into his highest potential.

Duration:00:17:29

A Cure for Loneliness

9/24/2020
Feeling lonely? Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy learns why focusing on the quality of our relationships, not the quantity, can be an antidote.

Duration:00:18:07

Happy Again: How To Find Beauty in the Everyday (Encore)

9/10/2020
A tree next to a bus stop, a flower poking through the sidewalk. Our guest, an Iraq War veteran, discovers how awe and wonder can be found anywhere — if you just pay attention.

Duration:00:23:25

24 Hours of Kindness

8/27/2020
Why should you be nice? Our guest explores how small, daily acts of kindness can produce meaningful life changes.

Duration:00:21:35