The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

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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.

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Our Editor's Take

The Happiness Lab With Dr. Laurie Santos podcast features vital information. Happiness and healthy coping mechanisms are imperative to mental health and well-being. But how does happiness work? This podcast explains the simple, evidence-based ways to achieve greater satisfaction.

The podcast stemmed from a recent problem that the Yale professor had noted. A worrying amount of Dr. Santos's students were dealing with depression and anxiety. So the psychology professor took action. She came up with a class called The Science of Well-Being. Santos became famous for her happiness research. She then took much of the material and created a podcast for everyone to listen to—no Ivy League connections required. The Happiness Lab With Dr. Laurie Santos is a transforming listen for people everywhere.

How does someone stop negative self-talk? Can someone be happy alone? Does giving make people happier than receiving? The Happiness Lab With Dr. Laurie Santos answers these questions and more. Joining Dr. Santos are notable names in psychology and pop culture. Together they discuss what it means and how to be happy. Even athletes and superstars can benefit from learning the science of happiness. Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart appears to talk about YOLO. (Yes, he coined this acronym for You Only Live Once.) Actor Rob Lowe discusses how he doesn't care for nostalgia.

Negative emotions are a natural part of life. But sometimes, they can become detrimental to well-being. Is feeling better as simple as choosing to be happy? Can someone teach others how to be happy? The Happiness Lab explores this and more in this podcast. Dr. Santos has revolutionized how people see happiness. She also has helped change how others approach attaining it. The Happiness Lab is an invaluable addition to any playlist. Listeners can embark on a life-changing journey in each episode.

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