The Science of Happiness

By PRI and the Greater Good Science Center

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 Aug 16, 2018


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 Center.

Episode Date
Who's Got Your Back?

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

Dec 13, 2018
Being Kinder to Yourself

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.

Dec 06, 2018
W. Kamau Bell’s Thoughts on Awkward Relationships and Bridging Divides

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

Nov 29, 2018
Find Your Inner Calm

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

Nov 22, 2018
These Words Cause Happiness

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.

Nov 15, 2018
Try This Recipe for Happiness

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.

Nov 08, 2018
Can’t Relax? This Will Help

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. 

Nov 01, 2018
How to Make an Apology

"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 more effective way of saying sorry. 

Oct 25, 2018
How to Deal with Uncertainty

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.

Oct 18, 2018
BONUS: The Science of Happiness at Work

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.

Oct 11, 2018
What if You Had Never Met?

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.

Aug 09, 2018
How to Stop Dwelling

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

Aug 02, 2018
Listen Like It's Your First Date

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. 

Jul 26, 2018
Why You Shouldn't Hate Small Talk

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

Jul 19, 2018
How to Change Your Mind

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.

Jul 12, 2018
How to Find Your Purpose in Life

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.

Jul 05, 2018
What Are You Afraid Of?

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.

Jun 28, 2018
How to Forgive Your Father

Holding on to a grudge? Hear how our happiness guinea pig tried to let go of deep-seated anger and resentment.

Jun 21, 2018
Feeling Angry? Try This
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. 
Jun 14, 2018
Let People Help You

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. 

Thank you for your emails, calls, and letters! We think your stories will inspire others and we’ll be sharing some of them on the show. So call us at (510) 519-4903 and let us know how doing the Feeling Supported practice went for you!

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Jun 07, 2018
Is There Someone You Need to Thank?

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. 

Apr 02, 2018
Can You Predict What Will Make You Happy?

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 her life.

Mar 26, 2018
Find Your Best Possible Self

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

Mar 19, 2018
How Gratitude Benefits Your Brain

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

Mar 12, 2018
Krista Tippett on Being Grounded in Your Body
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.
Mar 05, 2018
Stuck in a Rut? Take a Walk

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.

Feb 26, 2018
3 Funny Things

What should you do when you thought you had it all -- but learn you've had it all wrong? Discover what our happiness guinea pig did to bring more joy and humor into his life.

Feb 19, 2018
How to Fall in Love with Anyone

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.

Feb 12, 2018
Quieting Your Inner Critic
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.
Feb 05, 2018
3 Good Things

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. 

Feb 05, 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!

Jan 23, 2018