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The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

The Unhappy Millionaire

41:14 | Sep 24th

3 echoes
How can winning the lottery ruin your life - while contracting an incurable disease feel like 'a gift'? Dr Laurie Santos hears about dreams come true and nightmares realised; and talks with Dr Dan Gilbert about why human happiness isn't defined by th...Show More

mmOct 4th

"Happiness is a vacation" "Happiness ever after only exists if you live for 3 minutes more" This episode shows how resilient humans are emotionally like we have a "emotion immune system". The highs are never that high and the lows are never that low.

dee.ngynOct 1st

Insightful introduction on how humans are incapable of understanding what would bring us « true happiness » and, perhaps, the opposite (we’re much more robust physiologically than you would imagine!). Our inability to account for unintended consequences naturally results in a lack of fulfillment when achieving goals. Don’t be discouraged, it brings other surprises as well!

cesarmSep 30th

Brand new podcast based on the most popular class in Yale. It is all about what the latest scientific research says about happiness. Episode 1 will give you more background on the class but this episode gets into the research about money and happiness. I appreciate that they are sticking to some scientific data instead of full on New Age platitudes.

mmOct 4th

@cesarm @dee.ngyn - This was an interesting episode. Thanks both for echoing! For the two people who had negative things happen to them, I thought they were exceptional cases because not everyone is going to publish a NYT bestseller and appear on TV shows. Highlighting the extreme made for good listening material, but I wonder if those two folks were just regular and didn't do all the things they've done afterwards because of their misfortune, would they still say that they were "blessed" by their misfortune?