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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 psychologist 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 psychologist Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

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United States

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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 psychologist Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Science of a Good Night's Sleep

5/12/2022
Do you struggle with sleep? This week Drew Ackerman of Sleep with Me podcast tries tips for a good night's sleep, and we explore why it's so important to our well-being. Episode summary: A good night’s sleep can be hard to come by, and beating yourself up over not sleeping enough will only make it worse. On this episode of The Science of Happiness, the host of Sleep With Me podcast Drew Ackerman joins us to try science-backed tips for finding your natural sleep rhythm. Drew, also known...

Duration:00:23:11

Feel Better About Asking For Help

4/28/2022
Episode summary: Emanuel Hahn has never been great at asking for help. He didn’t live with his parents after age 12, and consequently, he says he learned to only rely on himself. But now that he’s launching his first book and juggling a freelance career, he knows he can’t do it all on his own. He tried our Ask for Help at Work practice, which challenges you to make a direct request when you need a hand from someone. Emanuel had to pack 800 pre-ordered books into boxes for shipping. It’s...

Duration:00:21:01

Are You Tired of Being Afraid?

4/14/2022
Fear is a normal part of our lives — but there are ways we can safely challenge and conquer it. Our guest tries a research-backed way to tackle a fear she's had since elementary school. **Vote for The Science of Happiness in The Webby’s!** https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2022/podcasts/limited-series-specials/health-science-education\ You’ll have to make an account, but we promise it takes less time than it does to say “The Science of Happiness.” Don’t forget to verify your...

Duration:00:20:48

How to Find Your Spark in Life

3/31/2022
Comedian Marilyn Pittman takes stock of what she really wants in life – and makes a plan to get it.

Duration:00:18:01

Are Your Expectations Too High?

3/17/2022
High expectations can lead to disappointment, but expecting the worst doesn't feel great, either. This week we explore how to find the balance.

Duration:00:21:05

How to Turn Grief into Strength

3/3/2022
Part of life is experiencing pain and loss. And sometimes, finding meaning in it. We explore a writing practice shown to help us come out stronger after difficult times.

Duration:00:23:13

Why You Should Snap Pictures of Nature

2/17/2022
A NYT restaurant critic puts down her pen and grabs her camera to capture the beauty of the outdoors.

Duration:00:20:46

When It's Time to Face Your Fears

2/3/2022
What happens when we feel compassion for the things that scare us? Shabazz Larkin shares what it's like to face some of his deepest fears.

Duration:00:22:24

How Music Soothes Us (Encore)

1/20/2022
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:00:19:15

The Case for Believing in Yourself

1/6/2022
What does your best possible self look like? Our guest tries a practice in optimism by imagining her brightest future.

Duration:00:19:48

How Gratitude Renews Us

12/23/2021
Feeling burned out? Our guest, a nurse, explores how cultivating gratitude helps people in high stress jobs.

Duration:00:21:08

What Our Photos Say About Us

12/9/2021
Can taking a few photos really make you happier? Afghan rocker Sulyman Qardash tries a practice to find meaning through snapping photos of daily life.

Duration:00:22:28

Why We Give Thanks

11/25/2021
Thank you. Gracias. Merci. Every language has a word for gratitude. But why do we feel it? How can we experience more of it? We revisit some of our favorite episodes about the science of gratitude.

Duration:00:22:12

Do You Feel Pressed for Time?

11/11/2021
What happens when we share our time? Our guest, chef and author Bryant Terry, pauses to be present with the ones who matter most.

Duration:00:17:10

Why You Should Make Small Goals

10/28/2021
Comedian Paula Poundstone tries to take on a messy and daunting task, one small step at a time.

Duration:00:21:30

Do You Want to Slow Down?

10/14/2021
Anna Sale, host of Death, Sex, and Money, practices awe as an antidote to her anxiety.

Duration:00:22:21

Can You Mend a Broken Bond?

9/30/2021
They were childhood best friends until one came out as queer. Now, two college students reconnect and try to see the world through one another's eyes.

Duration:00:23:23

100 Good Things

9/16/2021
For our 100th episode, host Dacher Keltner sits in the guest chair and tries one of the most popular happiness practices.

Duration:00:18:49

What Happens When We Play

9/2/2021
When was the last time you went down a slide? Our guest tries a practice to bring more play into his life and explores what that means as a Black man in the U.S.

Duration:00:23:08

How to Not Take People for Granted

8/19/2021
What would life be like without the people you care most about? Our guest tries a practice to help appreciate loved ones.

Duration:00:18:08