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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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20:29 | Jul 4th

After more than a decade together, our Happiness Guinea Pig tries to bring the spark back into her marriage.

17:12 | 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.

19:47 | 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.

14:50 | 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.

19:12 | Aug 29th

Should we try to find common ground with the villains in our lives? Comedian Zahra Noorbahksh tries to understand a "zombie" from her past.

15:58 | Aug 15th

We gave our Happiness Guinea Pig a mission: Do five random acts of kindness in one day.

16:39 | Aug 1st

Heights. Public speaking. Death. Our Happiness Guinea Pig explains how she overcomes her fears, one small step at a time.

14:06 | Jul 18th

How can you unearth humor in everyday life? Best-selling author Michael Lewis goes looking for laughs.

16:04 | Jun 20th

Our Happiness Guinea Pig, the creator of Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears, finds a way to feel close to a loved one he recently lost. Try this week’s happiness practice: Feeling Connected

18:39 | Jun 6th

Her husband has been in prison for 23 years. Our Happiness Guinea Pig tries a new approach to stay strong while working to get him released.

23:32 | May 30th

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.

23:30 | May 23rd

“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.

20:09 | May 16th

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

17:44 | Apr 11th

The loss of a job, the pain of a breakup -- it's easy to get down on ourselves when things aren't going well. Find out how our Happiness Guinea Pig tuned down the self-critic in her head.

20:21 | Apr 4th

A high-five from a stranger, a hummingbird on a busy city street. Poet Ross Gay shares his own happiness practice: savoring the everyday delights in life. ~ Try one of UC Berkeley's Greater Good in Action happiness practices.

15:13 | Mar 28th

Are you still mad at someone who hurt you in the past? That can eat away at your health and well-being. Our Happiness Guinea Pig tries a new approach to giving up a grudge.

12:29 | Mar 21st

What kinds of objects, images, and words surround your home or office? Our Happiness Guinea Pig surveys her apartment for items that spark connection and kindness.

17:22 | Mar 14th

Do you have trouble slowing down enough to actually enjoy your life? Our Happiness Guinea Pig, comedian and radio host Luke Burbank, finds a way to break free from his over-scheduled lifestyle.  Try this week’s happiness practice: Raisin Meditation

21:54 | Mar 7th

How can we feel connected to the world around us? Singer Diana Gameros tries to cultivate a sense of awe in the most unlikely of places. Try this episode’s happiness practice: Awe Walk

14:37 | Feb 28th

Do you fixate on your flaws and shortcomings? Our happiness guinea pig tries the opposite: focusing on her personal strengths. ~ Try this episode’s happiness practice: Use Your Strengths

15:16 | Feb 21st

Can you extend compassion toward a difficult person in your life? Congressman Tim Ryan tries a practice to help him reach across the aisle.

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.

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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

14:06 | 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.

17:06 | 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.

19:32 | 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.

15:44 | Nov 29th, 2018

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

17:44 | Nov 22nd, 2018

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

16:35 | 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.

21:33 | 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.

16:43 | 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.

23:08 | 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.

19:46 | 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.

57:28 | 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.

15:12 | 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.

16:48 | Aug 2nd, 2018

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

28:31 | 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.

13:07 | 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.

20:39 | 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.

17:55 | 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.

19:06 | 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 and ...Show More

18:35 | 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 go...Show More

22:33 | 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.  Support for the podcast come from Audible. Wan...Show More

20:07 | Mar 26th, 2018

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

22:36 | 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.

22:10 | Mar 12th, 2018

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

17:31 | 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.

22:06 | 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.

16:28 | 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.

21:47 | 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.

13:24 | 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.

01:29 | 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!