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The Science of Happiness

PRI

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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PRI

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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

Happy Again: Is there Someone You Need to Thank? (Encore)

1/17/2019
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Is there someone important you've never properly thanked? Hear how award-winning children's book author, Yuyi Morales, discovers the power of writing a "gratitude letter" to the librarian who changed her life.

Duration:00:23:01

Happy Again: What Do You Want To Do With Your Life? (Encore)

1/10/2019
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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:00:17:45

The Power of Expressing Your Deepest Emotions

12/20/2018
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He started Afghanistan's first post-Taliban rock band when he was 18 years old. A decade later, our Happiness Guinea Pig takes on another challenge: writing about his emotions.

Duration:00:15:42

Who's Got Your Back?

12/13/2018
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How do you build feelings of trust and security? Our Happiness Guinea Pig learns some truths about what it takes to feel supported.

Duration:00:18:26

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

Finding 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

Sharing This Is Caring

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