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The Science of Happiness

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What does your best possible self look like? Our guest tries a practice in optimism by imagining her brightest future.
Feeling burned out? Our guest, a nurse, explores how cultivating gratitude helps people in high stress jobs.
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.
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. 
What happens when we share our time? Our guest, chef and author Bryant Terry, pauses to be present with the ones who matter most.
Comedian Paula Poundstone tries to take on a messy and daunting task, one small step at a time.
Anna Sale, host of Death, Sex, and Money, practices awe as an antidote to her anxiety.
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.
For our 100th episode, host Dacher Keltner sits in the guest chair and tries one of the most popular happiness practices. 
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.
What would life be like without the people you care most about? Our guest tries a practice to help appreciate loved ones.
Our guest uses her breath to find calm in some of Los Angeles' noisiest neighborhoods.
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.
Michael Pollan tries to get more out of life by temporarily giving up one of his pleasure.
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.
Trees don't just compete with one another for resources, they also cooperate. Scientist and author Suzanne Simard explains the surprising science of trees.
A doctor who serves communities in dire need shares how gratitude helps him find light in the darkness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feeling awe can boost your mood and make you feel more connected with others. Comedian Chris Duffy learns how to tap into that sense.
What happens when we spend time outdoors? We explore how getting out in nature can restore peace of mind—and make us more creative.
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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