Self-improvement

The Science of Happiness

PRI and the Greater Good Science Center

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Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRI and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science C...Show More

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What Should You Do With Your Life?

17:11 | Jul 5th, 2018

Did you know what you wanted when you were in high school? Our teen guinea pig takes on the challenge of figuring out her purpose in life.

What Are You Afraid Of?

19:45 | Jun 28th, 2018

Would you rather swim with sharks or give a speech before thousands of people? Discover how our happiness guinea pig tackled one of his many fears--and lived to talk about it.

Quieting Your Inner Critic

14:49 | Feb 5th, 2018

Are you too hard on yourself? Our Happiness Guinea Pig spent most of his life behind bars. Discover the research-tested practice that helped him quiet his inner critic.

A Lesson in Thanks and Vulnerability

20:04 | Feb 14th

A junior high school teacher spent his life defying stereotypes about how men should express their emotions. Here he takes on a new challenge: getting his students to express gratitude.

Notice the Good in Your Life

18:35 | Feb 7th

Comedian Maz Jobrani tries to pay more attention to the good things in his life by writing them down -- and encourages his kids to do the same. Try this episodes happiness practice: Three Good Things

Happy Again: Listen Like It’s Your First Date (Encore)

20:27 | Jan 31st

Do you find yourself looking at your phone when you're supposed to be paying attention to a friend? Our Happiness Guinea Pig, The Takeaway's Tanzina Vega, trades in her technology for some old school listening.

Happy Again: Quieting Your Inner Critic (Encore)

15:54 | Jan 24th

Are you too hard on yourself? Our Happiness Guinea Pig spent most of his life behind bars. Discover the research-tested practice that helped him quiet his inner critic.

Happy Again: Is there Someone You Need to Thank? (Encore)

23:02 | Jan 17th

Is there someone important you've never properly thanked? Hear how award-winning children's book author, Yuyi Morales, discovers the power of writing a "gratitude letter" to the librarian who changed her life.

Happy Again: What Do You Want To Do With Your Life? (Encore)

17:46 | Jan 10th

Did you know what you wanted when you were in high school? Our teen guinea pig takes on the challenge of figuring out her purpose in life.

The Power of Expressing Your Deepest Emotions

14:27 | Dec 20th, 2018

He started Afghanistan's first post-Taliban rock band when he was 18 years old. A decade later, our Happiness Guinea Pig takes on another challenge: writing about his emotions.

Who's Got Your Back?

17:27 | Dec 13th, 2018

How do you build feelings of trust and security? Our Happiness Guinea Pig learns some truths about what it takes to feel supported.

Being Kinder to Yourself

19:31 | Dec 6th, 2018

When you’re helping others cope with stress and anxiety, how do you deal with your own? Psychiatrist Elizabeth Guinto tries a practice to be kinder to herself.

W. Kamau Bell’s Thoughts on Awkward Relationships and Bridging Divides

15:43 | Nov 29th, 2018

Comedian W. Kamau Bell discusses the challenges of finding common ground, even with people in your own family.

Find That Inner Calm

17:42 | Nov 22nd, 2018

International megastar Daniel Wu tries a practice that brings him calm amidst the chaos.

These Words Cause Happiness

16:34 | Nov 15th, 2018

Did you know that you have the power to spark happiness in someone else's brain with just a few simple words? College student Eva Dickerson shares how she spread happiness across her campus, equipped with just her iPhone and some compliments.

Sharing This Is Caring

21:31 | Nov 8th, 2018

Our Happiness Guinea Pig, children's author Joanne Rocklin, shares her happiness practice: bringing people together to share a meal. It took on a deeper meaning for her after a recent tragedy.

Can’t Relax? This Will Help

16:42 | Nov 1st, 2018

Why does a bath or swim feel so relaxing? Our guest shares her own happiness practice--spending time in water--which science is finding can make us happier and healthier.

A Better Way to Say You're Sorry

23:05 | Oct 25th, 2018

"I'm sorry you feel that way." Some apologies can actually make things worse. Our Happiness Guinea Pigs, Jolenta Greenburg and Kristin Meinzer of the By the Book podcast, try a more effective way of saying sorry.

How to Deal with Uncertainty

19:45 | Oct 18th, 2018

How do you respond when you feel threatened or defensive? Our Happiness Guinea Pig, writer Wajahat Ali, discovers a way to keep himself centered amidst the challenges and chaos of life.

BONUS: The Science of Happiness at Work

57:21 | Oct 11th, 2018

What would make you happier at work? Featuring some of our happiness guinea pigs, we share the latest insights and research on well-being and happiness in the workplace.

What if You Had Never Met?

15:10 | Aug 9th, 2018

Do you take your partner for granted? Our Happiness Guinea Pig, cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, imagines a life in which he never met his wife.

Get Some Perspective

16:48 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Are you stuck ruminating about the past?  Legendary pro-skater Tommy Guerrero tries looking at negative events from a different perspective.

Listen Like It's Your First Date

19:16 | Jul 26th, 2018

Do you find yourself looking at your phone when you're supposed to be paying attention to a friend? Our Happiness Guinea Pig, The Takeaway's Tanzina Vega trades in her technology for some old school listening.

Why You Shouldn't Hate Small Talk

13:06 | Jul 19th, 2018

Many of us avoid chatting with strangers – isn't small talk tedious and dull? Listen as our happiness guinea pig discovers its surprising benefits.

How to Change Your Mind

20:37 | Jul 12th, 2018

Author Michael Pollan, shares his experiences on being a guinea pig for his new book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.

How to Forgive Your Father

17:54 | Jun 21st, 2018

Holding on to a grudge? Hear how our happiness guinea pig tried to let go of deep-seated anger and resentment. Support for this podcast come from Casper. Get $50 towards select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/SOH, and using promo code SOH.

Feeling Angry? Try This

19:04 | Jun 14th, 2018

For years, Dan Harris of ABC News was plagued by anxiety, depression, and streaks of anger. Here's how he learned to tame the voices in his head and get 10 percent happier.  If you’d like to try the Loving-Kindness Meditation, find instructions an...Show More

How to Let People Love You

18:33 | Jun 7th, 2018

In hard times, do you seek comfort from others or turn inwards? Find out how our Happiness Guinea Pig emerged from trauma by accepting others' support.  We want to share your stories on the show. Call 510-519-4903 and tell us how the practices are g...Show More

Is There Someone You Need to Thank?

22:31 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Is there someone important you've never properly thanked? Award-winning children's book author, Yuyi Morales, discovers the power of writing a "gratitude letter" to the librarian who changed her life.

Can You Predict What Will Make You Happy?

20:05 | Mar 26th, 2018

Do memories of your past effect your happiness today? Susannah Cahalan was young and healthy when she was struck with a mysterious illness. Learn how writing about her “month of madness” in the bestselling book, Brain on Fire, helped her reclaim her ...Show More

Find Your Best Possible Self

22:34 | Mar 19th, 2018

Does imagining your future make you more happy--or more anxious? Our happiness guinea pig looks ahead for inspiration to improve her life now.

How Gratitude Benefits Your Brain

22:08 | Mar 12th, 2018

Can you train your brain to be more grateful? Todd Zwillich of The Takeaway takes on the challenge.

Krista Tippett on Being Grounded in Your Body

17:30 | Mar 5th, 2018

Are you so stressed that it wears you down physically as well as mentally? Discover how award-winning radio host Krista Tippett brought relief to her mind and body.

Walk Outside with Inside Out's Pete Docter

22:04 | Feb 26th, 2018

Do you dwell on the negative and let moments of joy just pass you by? Discover how the Academy Award-winning director of Inside Out got out of his head and savored the good in his life.

Learning to Laugh at Yourself

16:26 | Feb 19th, 2018

Our happiness guinea pig thought he had it all—but learned he had it all wrong. Discover how he brought more joy and humor into his life.

How to Fall in Love with Anyone

21:46 | Feb 12th, 2018

Can 36 questions help you fall in love--and stay in love? Best-selling author Kelly Corrigan tries a research-proven technique to feel closer to her husband. Plus, we learn how the same technique can actually reduce racism and prejudice.

3 Good Things

13:25 | Feb 5th, 2018

Do you take the good things in life for granted? You’re not alone, and studies show it's very human. But here’s a way to find more joy in the everyday.

Trailer

01:30 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Do you know the secrets to happiness? Learn what science has to say on The Science of Happiness, a practical and inspiring new podcast from PRI and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. Launches February 5!