The Science of Happiness

By PRX and 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 psychologist Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.


Episode Date
Do You Want to Slow Down?
19:48

Anna Sale, host of Death, Sex, and Money, practices awe as an antidote to her anxiety.

Oct 14, 2021
Can You Mend a Broken Bond?
21:13

They were childhood best friends until one came out as queer. Now, two college students reconnect and try to see the world through one another's eyes.

Sep 30, 2021
100 Good Things
17:53

For our 100th episode, host Dacher Keltner sits in the guest chair and tries one of the most popular happiness practices. 

Sep 16, 2021
What Happens When We Play
21:11

When was the last time you went down a slide? Our guest tries a practice to bring more play into his life and explores what that means as a Black man in the U.S.

Sep 02, 2021
How to Not Take People for Granted
16:55

What would life be like without the people you care most about? Our guest tries a practice to help appreciate loved ones.

Aug 19, 2021
How to Tune Out the Noise
18:28

Our guest uses her breath to find calm in some of Los Angeles' noisiest neighborhoods.

Aug 05, 2021
Don't be Afraid of Your Anger
18:03

What happens when we suppress our anger? And what if we tried to work with it instead? Our guest tries a practice to harness her inner fierceness to care for herself.

Jul 22, 2021
How to Enjoy Life More with Michael Pollan
19:36

Michael Pollan tries to get more out of life by temporarily giving up one of his pleasure.

Jul 08, 2021
How to Craft Your Life
19:37

When the world around you changes, so can your goals. This week's guest tries a practice to tap into a new sense of purpose.

Jun 24, 2021
Noticing Nature in the City
21:39
Jun 10, 2021
What Humans Can Learn From Trees
17:53

Trees don't just compete with one another for resources, they also cooperate. Scientist and author Suzanne Simard explains the surprising science of trees.

May 27, 2021
Finding Strength through Gratitude
19:10

A doctor who serves communities in dire need shares how gratitude helps him find light in the darkness.

May 13, 2021
Why Love Needs Laughter
19:36

Focusing on funny things can reduce stress, anxiety, and make us feel more connected to others. Our guests, who were high school sweethearts, learn how humor can also strengthen relationships.

Apr 29, 2021
How Music Can Bridge Cultures
18:45

Have you ever been moved by music sung in a language you don't understand? We speak with Gambian musician Sona Jobarteh about how music can connect us across cultures.

Apr 15, 2021
How Music Soothes Us
17:58

What is it about certain melodies that can relax our nerves and rock us to sleep? We explore the science of calming music with pianist Rosey Chan.

Apr 01, 2021
David Byrne on How Music Connects Us
25:23

Music helped former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne come out of his shell. Hear Byrne's story and learn how music creates social bonds in part one of our series, The Science of Music and Happiness.

Mar 18, 2021
Scheduling Time to Feel Awe(some)
19:38

Feeling awe can boost your mood and make you feel more connected with others. Comedian Chris Duffy learns how to tap into that sense.

Mar 04, 2021
Why We're Drawn to Nature
16:52

What happens when we spend time outdoors? We explore how getting out in nature can restore peace of mind—and make us more creative.

Feb 18, 2021
Are You Setting the Right Goals?
20:30

Setting goals can sometimes feel like setting ourselves up for failure. But journalist Monica Campbell finds there's something magical that happens with certain kinds of goals.

Feb 04, 2021
Healing Through Gratitude
16:38

A stranger helped her through the hardest day of her life. When she expresses her gratitude, our guest encounters the power of true connection.

Jan 21, 2021
How to Talk with Strangers
15:22

The way we interact with people who come in and out of our lives has changed since COVID-19. Our guest tries a practice to connect with strangers while keeping a social distance.

Jan 07, 2021
Happy Again: How to Connect When You Must Stay Apart (Encore)
19:36

Are you unable to be with your friends and family during the holiday season this year? These 36 questions can bring you closer to loved ones, even if you're separated.

Dec 24, 2020
Are You Listening to Your Elders?
21:35

Connecting across generations is one of the oldest happiness practices there is. We explore why to honor your elders, along with other practices from indigenous cultures often overlooked by Western science.

Dec 10, 2020
How to Make Better Decisions
17:41

Can practicing mindfulness make us wiser? Judge Jeremy Fogel explores how being present in the moment helps him keep a clear mind and stay connected to his true values.

Nov 26, 2020
How to Give Up a Grudge
16:17

What does it really take to forgive someone? And why should we do it? Our guest, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, tries a practice to let go of anger.

Nov 12, 2020
Why Voting Connects Us
16:54

Why do we vote? We explore the science behind what drives us to the polls, and the benefits we reap for ourselves and communities when we cast our ballots.

Oct 29, 2020
How to Ride With the Pain
19:23

It's easy to be anxious and uncertain about the future—especially if you're eight months pregnant. Our guest tries practices to help her deal with whatever life throws her way.

Oct 22, 2020
If You Want to Be More Productive, Cut Yourself Some Slack
13:30

Feeling hard on yourself? Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp learns to quiet his inner critic and tap into his highest potential.

Oct 08, 2020
A Cure for Loneliness
18:05

Feeling lonely? Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy learns why focusing on the quality of our relationships, not the quantity, can be an antidote. 

Sep 24, 2020
24 Hours of Kindness
19:27

Why should you be nice? Our guest explores how small, daily acts of kindness can produce meaningful life changes.

Aug 27, 2020
How to Switch Off Your Critics
20:58

Do you obsess over negative feedback? Shereen Marisol Meraji, of NPR’s Code Switch, tries a better way to cope.

Aug 13, 2020
How to Reconnect with Your Partner
19:36

A couple try a practice to bring more excitement and passion into their relationship, even while sheltering-in-place.

Jul 30, 2020
Do You Want to Be More Patient?
21:04

We can be at our worst with the people we love best. Our guests try ways to be more calm and present with those closest to them.

Jul 16, 2020
How to Love People You Don't Like
23:10

Our guest tries a practice to help her feel compassion toward others — even those she disagrees with.

Jul 02, 2020
What's Your "Why" in Life?
23:31

Adrian Michael Green asks big questions designed to help teens — and adults — find more meaning and purpose in their lives.

Jun 18, 2020
From Othering to Belonging
26:01

We speak with john a. powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, about racial justice, well-being, and widening our circles of human connection and concern.

Jun 11, 2020
Taking Small Steps Toward Big Goals
15:50

When our world is turned upside down, how do we keep moving forward? Our guest, award-winning author Christine Day, sets a new path for herself.

Jun 04, 2020
How to Connect When You Must Stay Apart
20:03

Do you want to be famous? What's a favorite memory? These 36 questions can bring you closer to loved ones, even if you're separated.

May 21, 2020
Give Yourself a Break
19:58

Want to calm your inner critic? Our guest tries a practice to find more self-compassion during uncertain times.

May 07, 2020
Helping Kids Think About the Good
19:40

Sheltering-at-home with kids? These questions can help them, and us, focus on the good things in life.

Apr 23, 2020
Remembering to Breathe
15:36

How a doctor stays calm and centered during times of uncertainty, one breath at a time.

Apr 09, 2020
Staying Close While Physical Distancing
16:50

Our guest tries a practice to feel more connected to loved ones, and herself, while sheltering at home.

Mar 26, 2020
Who Would You Be Without Them?
17:12

Think of an important person in your life. Now imagine you never met. Our guest practices counting his blessings by picturing his life without a special person from his past.

Mar 12, 2020
Step Away from Anxiety
20:53

Do you have a hard time calming your nerves? Author Raina Telgemeier tries a practice to get out of her head, one step at a time.

Feb 27, 2020
Who Is Your Rock?
18:28

He survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, two years ago and has been a student mental health advocate ever since. Now Kai Koerber finds a way to thank the person who helped him find his voice.

Feb 13, 2020
What Does It Take To Really Listen To Someone?
17:07

Are you actually listening when someone is talking to you, or just waiting for your turn to talk? Our guest, a veteran of the Iraq War, practices how to truly listen to others.

Jan 30, 2020
Why Shared Goals Can Bridge Divides
18:02

How can people from different groups get on the same page? Our guest, an educator and football coach, tries a strategy for building stronger, more inclusive teams.

Jan 16, 2020
How To Make Time for Happiness
18:16

Her New Year's resolution was to have more joyful and fulfilling experiences in her daily life. Our guest tried a practice to help make that happen.

Jan 02, 2020
How To Get Your Senses Tingling
18:05

There are millions of YouTube channels with people crinkling bubble wrap or whispering about folding laundry. Our guests talks about why autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) makes her, and many others, feel more calm and happy.

Dec 19, 2019
How To Be Less Hard on Yourself
20:37

Do you beat yourself up over every mistake? A high school senior tries to be kinder to himself during an especially stressful time.

Dec 05, 2019
Happy Again: How to Notice What You're Thankful For (Encore)
19:06

Comedian Maz Jobrani tries to be more thankful for the good things in his life by writing them down — and encourages his kids to do the same.

Nov 28, 2019
Can You Find Wonder in the Ordinary?
17:13

When was the last time you felt connected to something bigger than yourself? Award-winning cellist Yumi Kendall looks, and listens, for moments of awe.

Nov 21, 2019
How To Get Your Priorities Straight
19:22

It's easy to lose sight of what matters most. Our guest finds a way to reconnect with her values during stressful times.

Nov 07, 2019
Does Your Doctor Listen to You?
21:44

Doctors are often trained to be emotionally detached. But our guest finds greater meaning in his work as a physician when he tries to connect more deeply with his patients, co-workers, and family.

Oct 24, 2019
Finding Beauty in the Everyday
19:28

A tree next to a bus stop, a flower poking through the sidewalk. Our guest, a veteran of the Iraq War, discovers how awe and wonder can be found anywhere —  if you just pay attention.

Oct 10, 2019
How to Find Your Silver Linings
25:44

Do you fixate on what's going wrong in your life? Poet and "recovering pessimist" Maggie Smith practices looking on the bright side.

Sep 26, 2019
Can Margaret Cho Get Any Better?
19:05

She's one of the most accomplished comedians of her generation. But Margaret Cho wants to find a different kind of happiness.

Sep 12, 2019
Can You Humanize a Zombie?
19:12

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

Aug 29, 2019
Making Kindness Contagious
15:58

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

Aug 15, 2019
Facing Your Fears
16:39

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

Aug 01, 2019
How Michael Lewis Finds the Funny
14:06

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

Jul 18, 2019
How to Keep Love Alive
20:29

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

Jul 04, 2019
Who Makes You Feel Connected?
16:04

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

Jun 20, 2019
A Better Way to Talk to Yourself
18:39

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.

Jun 06, 2019
What to Do When You Feel Like a Failure
17:44

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.

Apr 11, 2019
Delight in the Unexpected
20:21

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.

Apr 04, 2019
How To Let Go of Anger
15:13

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.

Mar 28, 2019
What Are Your Strongest Reminders of Connection?
12:29

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.

Mar 21, 2019
Do You Know How to Eat a Raisin?
17:22

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

Mar 14, 2019
Finding Awe in Every Step
21:54

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

Mar 07, 2019
Finding Your Strengths
14:37

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

Feb 28, 2019
Trying Compassion on Capitol Hill
15:16

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

Feb 21, 2019
A Lesson in Thanks and Vulnerability
20:04

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.

Feb 14, 2019
Notice the Good in Your Life
18:35

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

Feb 07, 2019
The Power of Expressing Your Deepest Emotions
14:06

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.

Dec 20, 2018
Who's Got Your Back?
17:06

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
19:32

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
15:44

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

Nov 29, 2018
Find That Inner Calm
17:44

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

Nov 22, 2018
These Words Cause Happiness
16:35

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
A Simple Recipe for Happiness
21:33

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
16:43

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 a Real Apology
23:08

"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. 

Oct 25, 2018
How to Deal with Uncertainty
19:46

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
57:28

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?
15:12

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
Give Yourself Some Distance
16:48

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
28:31

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
13:07

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
20:39

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
17:12

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?
19:47

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
17:55

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
19:06

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
18:35

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?
22:33

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?
20:07

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
22:36

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
22:10

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
17:31

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
Why a Walk Works Wonders
22:06

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
16:28

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
21:47

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
14:50

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
13:24

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
The Science of Happiness Trailer
01:29

What does it take to live a happier life? Learn research-tested strategies that you can put into practice today. Hosted by award-winning psychologist Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.

Jan 23, 2018