The Science of Happiness
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Episodes of The Science of Happiness
The Case for Believing in Yourself
14 days ago
What does your best possible self look like? Our guest tries a practice in optimism by imagining her brightest future.
How Gratitude Renews Us
28 days ago
Feeling burned out? Our guest, a nurse, explores how cultivating gratitude helps people in high stress jobs.
What Our Photos Say About Us
Dec 9th, 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.
Why We Give Thanks
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.
Do You Feel Pressed for Time?
What happens when we share our time? Our guest, chef and author Bryant Terry, pauses to be present with the ones who matter most.
Why You Should Make Small Goals
Comedian Paula Poundstone tries to take on a messy and daunting task, one small step at a time.
Do You Want to Slow Down?
Anna Sale, host of Death, Sex, and Money, practices awe as an antidote to her anxiety.
Can You Mend a Broken Bond?
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.
100 Good Things
For our 100th episode, host Dacher Keltner sits in the guest chair and tries one of the most popular happiness practices.
What Happens When We Play
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.
How to Not Take People for Granted
What would life be like without the people you care most about? Our guest tries a practice to help appreciate loved ones.
How to Tune Out the Noise
Our guest uses her breath to find calm in some of Los Angeles' noisiest neighborhoods.
Don't be Afraid of Your Anger
What happens when we suppress our anger? And what if we tried to work with it instead? Our guest tries a practice to harness her inner fierceness to care for herself.
How to Enjoy Life More with Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan tries to get more out of life by temporarily giving up one of his pleasure.
How to Craft Your Life
When the world around you changes, so can your goals. This week's guest tries a practice to tap into a new sense of purpose.
Noticing Nature in the City
What Humans Can Learn From Trees
Trees don't just compete with one another for resources, they also cooperate. Scientist and author Suzanne Simard explains the surprising science of trees.
Finding Strength through Gratitude
A doctor who serves communities in dire need shares how gratitude helps him find light in the darkness.
Why Love Needs Laughter
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.
How Music Can Bridge Cultures
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.
How Music Soothes Us
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.
David Byrne on How Music Connects Us
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.
Scheduling Time to Feel Awe(some)
Feeling awe can boost your mood and make you feel more connected with others. Comedian Chris Duffy learns how to tap into that sense.
Why We're Drawn to Nature
What happens when we spend time outdoors? We explore how getting out in nature can restore peace of mind—and make us more creative.
Are You Setting the Right Goals?
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.
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