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The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

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You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale -- the most popular class in the university’s 300-... more

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Making shows about her own happiness challenges was both fun and instructive for Dr Laurie, but it also took guts to be so vulnerable and open. She later spoke to her close friend at Yale Dr Tamar Gendler about the experience. This private chat threw... more

3 days ago

Dr Laurie HATES thinking about her own death. It's scary, creepy and morbid, right? Wrong. Thinking about our finite lives can makes us better, happier people. The shadow of death makes us behave more kindly towards others, and can motivate us both t... more

7 days ago

By 2030 we'll only work 15 hours a week, predicted the legendary economist John Maynard Keynes back in 1930. He thought advances in technology and wealth would let us earn enough money to live in a day or two - leaving the rest of the week for leisur... more

14 days ago

We often do things now that will make our lives more difficult or stressful in the future. We spend money, when we should save. We eat junk food, when we should exercise. We agree to commitments, when we should protect our free time. We act so though... more

21 days ago


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  • My podcast show of choice

    I leave every episode feeling more in tune with myself, kinder to myself and hopeful for change. So grateful to have this show to help me become a better version of myself all free of charge. It has honestly been life changing

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  • Great podcast

    I always feel better after listening to this podcast and love the actionable evidence based insights. Always great guests related to each topic.

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    Some podcasts grab you instantly and you want to listen to all of them. Others creep up on you, and The Happiness Lab is one of them. more

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  • Happier With This Pod!

    Thank you Laurie! For being a voice to what so many of us feel everyday. I have learned so much about human behavior and my own unique quirks from your podcast. Thank you for making the path to happiness..well..happier!

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