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The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale--the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history--Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit: happinesslab.fm

Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Torah

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

  • 310 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 29:59

Sarah Hurwitz grew up thinking there was little the great texts of Judaism could teach her - she even hatched a plot to get out of Hebrew school. But in adulthood she discovered that The Torah contains instructions to act with gratitude, kindness and solidarity that all chime with the latest happiness research.   Sarah is author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Laurie Talks Relationships with Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

  • 150 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 52:14

Double Date is a new podcast with Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas. The couple have been blissfully married for more than 40 years, and wanted to explore what makes some relationships work with couples from President and Former First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter; to Sting and Trudie Styler; and Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Dr. Laurie Santos thinks what's uncovered in the show chimes with the scientific research on how to live a happier life - so she invited Marlo and Phil to share these insights on The Happiness Lab. There's also the chance to hear a whole episode of Double Date, featuring Viola Davis and Julius Tennon. Listen to more Double Date episodes at: http://podcasts.pushkin.fm/double-date?sid=hl.notes Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Move More... But for the Right Reasons

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

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  • 4 months ago
  • 34:04

Moving more is great for your happiness - but many of us decide to exercise because we're unhappy with our bodies and long to change them. What should be fun and life-enhancing often becomes saturated with self-loathing. Jessamyn Stanley identified as a "fat and awkward weirdo", who shied away from exercise until she realised that it was her own body-shaming that was holding her back. She tells Dr Laurie Santos how she decoupled her love of yoga from the corrosive idea of transforming her body - and in the process became an inspirational teacher and author for those who think exercise isn't for them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Feed Yourself Like You'd Feed a Loved One

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

  • 310 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 37:09

Diets and "healthy" eating fads are a January fixture - but few of us stick to these harsh regimes. And when the dieting ends, we often go back to the "bad" foods we craved during our fasting. Psychotherapists Andrea Wachter says this dieting "roller coaster" makes our minds obsess over food and causes our bodies no end of harm. Andrea stepped off the roller coaster by taking a kinder and calmer approach to the foods she consumed. She tells Dr Laurie Santos the key rule - feed yourself like you'd feed someone you love. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Reconnect With The Moment

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

  • 420 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 33:58

Psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach felt too stressed and busy to spend time with her elderly mother - until she had a lightning moment of realisation. Why couldn't she enjoy living in the moment with her beloved parent? What fears and insecurities were preventing her from devoting time to her mom? Tara tells Dr Laurie Santos how she created RAIN - a mindfulness practise that allows us to Recognise, Allow, Investigate and Nurture our emotions. Once we consciously engage with those emotions, Tara argues, we can decide what's really important to us and our happiness. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Dump Your Inner Drill Sergeant

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

  • 580 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 36:49

We often start a new year hoping to make big changes in how we look, feel or act. This can involve a lot of self-criticism and adopting things like tough diets and brutal exercise regimes. But being hard on ourselves doesn't deliver results. Dr Laurie Santos examines why being a nasty drill sergeant to ourselves is less effective than being a kind coach; and hears from researcher and author Kristin Neff about why developing self-compassion is vital to helping us achieve our new year goals. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers