The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

The Unhappy Millionaire

41:14 | Sep 24th, 2019

5 recommendations

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 Gil...Show More


dee.ngyn recommended:Oct 1st, 2019

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 whe...Show More

aliceko recommended:Nov 12th, 2019

Great episode about money not buying happiness. Love the concept of hedonic adaptation (after a while we go back to a baseline level of satisfaction!) The reality is: it is NOT possible to be happy all the time. Emotions need to come back to a baseline. The cold hard truth is people cannot stay 10/1...Show More

mm recommended:Oct 4th, 2019

"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.

cesarm recommended:Sep 30th, 2019

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 sci...Show More

mmOct 4th, 2019

@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 li...Show More