The Science of Happiness

By PRX and Greater Good Science Center

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Love this podcast and the way it explores the science behind practices that real people employ in an effort to live a happier life.


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
The Healing Effects of Experiencing Wildlife
Jul 18, 2024
Happiness Break: Experience Nature Wherever You Are, with Dacher (Encore)
Jul 11, 2024
The Value of Variety and Novelty
Jul 04, 2024
Happiness Break: How to Ground Yourself in Nature, with Yuria Celidwen (Encore)
Jun 27, 2024
How To Unwind By Doing Mindful Yard Work
Jun 20, 2024
Happiness Break: How to Relax Your Body Through A Standing Meditation, With Sherry Zhang
Jun 13, 2024
How Qigong Can Calm Your Mind and Body
Jun 06, 2024
Happiness Break: A Meditation on How To Be Your Best Self, with Justin Michael Williams
May 30, 2024
Encore: Why We Need Friends With Shared Interests
May 23, 2024
Happiness Break: A Meditation on Cultivating Awe Through Colors
May 16, 2024
How Birdsong Can Help Your Mental Health
May 09, 2024
Happiness Break: A Meditation on Pilina: Our Deep Interconnectedness, With Jo Qina'au
May 02, 2024
Are You Remembering The Good Times?
Apr 25, 2024
Happiness Break: A Walking Meditation with Dan Harris of 10% Happier
Apr 18, 2024
How To Make Work More Satisfying
Apr 11, 2024
Happiness Break: A Meditation To Move Through Anger, With Eve Ekman
Apr 04, 2024
How To Talk To People You Disagree With
Mar 28, 2024
Happiness Break: Tap into the Joy that Surrounds You, With Anushka Fernandopulle
Mar 21, 2024
Who’s Always There for You?
Mar 14, 2024
Happiness Break: Where Did You Come From? Guided Writing With Lyla June
Mar 07, 2024
Why Grownups Should Be Playful Too
Feb 29, 2024
Happiness Break: A Meditation on Playfulness, With Dacher Keltner
Feb 22, 2024
Encore: How to Feel Less Pressed for Time
Feb 15, 2024
Happiness Break: Wrap Yourself in Kindness, With Jack Kornfield
Feb 08, 2024
What To Do When You Don’t Like The Way You Feel
Feb 01, 2024
Happiness Break: Radical Acceptance, With Tara Brach
Jan 25, 2024
How (And Why) To Find More Beauty in the Everyday
Jan 18, 2024
Happiness Break: A Meditation to Find Grounding in the New Year, With Spring Washam
Jan 11, 2024
How to Stick to Your Resolutions in 2024
Jan 04, 2024
Happiness Break: Visualizing Your Best Self in Relationships, With Dacher Keltner
Dec 28, 2023
How Thinking About Your Ancestors Can Help You Thrive
Dec 21, 2023
Happiness Break: A Meditation for Seeking Forgiveness, With Shelly Tygielski
Dec 14, 2023
When It's Hard To Connect, Try Being Curious
Dec 07, 2023
Happiness Break: A Visualization to Connect With Your Heritage, With Bryant Terry
Nov 30, 2023
Being Kind is Good for Your Health
Nov 23, 2023
Happiness Break: Feel more Gratitude, With Eve Ekman
Nov 16, 2023
Encore: The Science of a Good Night's Sleep
Nov 09, 2023
Happiness Break: Find Calm When You Can't Clear Your Mind, With Lama Rod Owens
Nov 02, 2023
The Science of Singing Along
Oct 26, 2023
A Meditation For Connecting In Polarized Times, With Scott Shigeoka
Oct 19, 2023
How Holding Yourself Can Reduce Stress
Oct 12, 2023
5 Minutes of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, With Jo Qina'au
Oct 05, 2023
How To Use Your Body to Relax your Mind
Sep 28, 2023
Happiness Break: A Meditation for Groundedness, With Diana Parra (English & Spanish)
Sep 21, 2023
Happiness Break: Una meditación para enraizar, con Diana Parra (inglés y español)
Sep 21, 2023
Making Difficult Interactions More Respectful
Sep 14, 2023
Happiness Break: A Meditation to Inspire a Sense of Purpose
Sep 07, 2023
Why Compassion Requires Vulnerability
Aug 31, 2023
Happiness Break: Awe in Impermanence
Aug 24, 2023
Why Humor Matters for Happiness
Aug 17, 2023
Happiness Break: Making Music With Your Body, With Keith Terry
Aug 10, 2023
How Improv Makes You More Confident and Less Anxious
Aug 03, 2023
Happiness Break: A Mindful Breath Meditation, with Dacher Keltner
Jul 27, 2023
How To Let Go Without Giving Up
Jul 20, 2023
Happiness Break: Moving Through Space, With Dacher Keltner
Jul 13, 2023
Finding Delight Through Your 5 Senses
Jul 06, 2023
Happiness Break: What To Do When You're Struggling, With Spring Washam
Jun 29, 2023
How To Feel Better About Yourself
Jun 22, 2023
Happiness Break: Wishing Others Well, With Anushka Fernandopulle
Jun 15, 2023
Where To Look For Joy
Jun 08, 2023
Happiness Break: Who Takes Care of You? With Dacher Keltner
Jun 01, 2023
Feeling Overworked? Take a "Fika" Break
May 25, 2023
How To Be in Harmony in Nature — Wherever You Are, With Yuria Celidwen
May 18, 2023
How To Do Good for the Environment (And Yourself)
May 11, 2023
Happiness Break: Contemplating our Interdependence with Nature, with Dekila Chungyalpa
May 04, 2023
How to Feel More Hopeful
Apr 27, 2023
The Case for Climate Hope
Apr 22, 2023
Happiness Break: Sketching Serenity with Chris Murchison
Apr 20, 2023
A New Relationship with Stress
Apr 13, 2023
Happiness Break: Visualizing Your Purpose, with Dacher Keltner
Apr 06, 2023
Encore: 24 Hours of Kindness
Mar 30, 2023
Happiness Break: Embodying Resilience, with Prentis Hemphill
Mar 23, 2023
One Way to Make Work More Meaningful
Mar 16, 2023
Happiness Break: Pause to Look at the Sky, with Dacher Keltner
Mar 09, 2023
Why We Need Friends with Shared Interests
Mar 02, 2023
Happiness Break: Being Present from Head to Toe, with Spring Washam
Feb 23, 2023
Why We Need Reminders of Connectedness
Feb 16, 2023
Happiness Break: A Meditation for When Others are Suffering, with Anushka Fernandopulle
Feb 09, 2023
How Music Evokes Awe
Feb 02, 2023
Happiness Break: Feeling the Awe of Nature from Anywhere, with Dacher Keltner
Jan 26, 2023
Why We Should Look Up at the Sky
Jan 19, 2023
Happiness Break: Awe for Others, with Dacher Keltner
Jan 12, 2023
How Awe Brings Us Together
Jan 05, 2023
Happiness Break: An Affirmation Practice for the New Year, with Chris Murchison
Dec 29, 2022
How to Make Life More Meaningful
Dec 22, 2022
Happiness Break: Finding Presence Through Your Senses, with Dacher Keltner
Dec 15, 2022
The Science of Synchronized Movement
Dec 08, 2022
Happiness Break: Tune Into Your Body, with Radha Agrawal
Dec 01, 2022
How to Practice Gratitude When You're Not Feeling Thankful
Nov 24, 2022
Happiness Break: 5 Minutes of Gratitude, with Dacher Keltner
Nov 17, 2022
The Emerging Science of ASMR (Encore)
Nov 10, 2022
Happiness Break: Making Space for You, with Alex Elle
Nov 03, 2022
Happiness Break: Restore Through Silence, with Tricia Hersey
Oct 20, 2022
How to Focus Under Pressure
Oct 13, 2022
Happiness Break: How to Awaken Joy, with Spring Washam
Oct 06, 2022
Why Listen to the Other Side?
Sep 29, 2022
Happiness Break: Six Minutes to Connect with Your Body, with Dacher Keltner
Sep 22, 2022
Nine Steps to Forgiveness
Sep 15, 2022
Happiness Break: A Note to Self on Forgiveness, with Alex Elle
Sep 08, 2022
When Rumination Is a Good Thing
Sep 01, 2022
Happiness Break: A Meditation to Connect to Your Roots, with Yuria Celidwen
Aug 25, 2022
Riding The Waves of Anxiety
Aug 18, 2022
Happiness Break: Walk Your Way to Calm, with Dacher Keltner
Aug 11, 2022
36 Questions to Spark Intimacy
Aug 04, 2022
Happiness Break: How to Ground Yourself, with Yuria Celidwen
Jul 28, 2022
How to Feel Less Lonely and More Connected
Jul 21, 2022
Happiness Break: Experience Nature Wherever You Are, with Dacher Keltner
Jul 14, 2022
How to Make Better Decisions (Encore)
Jul 07, 2022
Happiness Break: 36 Questions to Feel Connected, with Dacher Keltner
Jun 30, 2022
How to Say "Sorry" Like You Mean It
Jun 23, 2022
Happiness Break: How To Be Your Best Self, with Justin Michael Williams
Jun 16, 2022
The Questions to Ask Yourself in an Argument
Jun 09, 2022
Happiness Break: How to Be Your Own Best Friend, with Kristin Neff
Jun 02, 2022
Catch Yourself in a Dream
May 26, 2022
Happiness Break: A 10-Minute Guided Practice, with Dacher Keltner
May 19, 2022
The Science of a Good Night's Sleep
May 12, 2022
Feel Better About Asking For Help
Apr 28, 2022
Are You Tired of Being Afraid?
Apr 14, 2022
How to Find Your Spark in Life
Mar 31, 2022
Are Your Expectations Too High?
Mar 17, 2022
How to Turn Grief into Strength
Mar 03, 2022
Why You Should Snap Pictures of Nature
Feb 17, 2022
When It's Time to Face Your Fears
Feb 03, 2022
The Case for Believing in Yourself
Jan 06, 2022
How Gratitude Renews Us
Dec 23, 2021
What Our Photos Say About Us
Dec 09, 2021
Why We Give Thanks
Nov 25, 2021
Do You Feel Pressed for Time?
Nov 11, 2021
Why You Should Make Small Goals
Oct 28, 2021
Do You Want to Slow Down?
Oct 14, 2021
Can You Mend a Broken Bond?
Sep 30, 2021
100 Good Things
Sep 16, 2021
What Happens When We Play
Sep 02, 2021
How to Not Take People for Granted
Aug 19, 2021
How to Tune Out the Noise
Aug 05, 2021
Don't be Afraid of Your Anger
Jul 22, 2021
How to Enjoy Life More with Michael Pollan
Jul 08, 2021
How to Craft Your Life
Jun 24, 2021
Noticing Nature in the City
Jun 10, 2021
What Humans Can Learn From Trees
May 27, 2021
Finding Strength through Gratitude
May 13, 2021
Why Love Needs Laughter
Apr 29, 2021
How Music Can Bridge Cultures
Apr 15, 2021
How Music Soothes Us
Apr 01, 2021
David Byrne on How Music Connects Us
Mar 18, 2021
Scheduling Time to Feel Awe(some)
Mar 04, 2021
Why We're Drawn to Nature
Feb 18, 2021
Are You Setting the Right Goals?
Feb 04, 2021
Healing Through Gratitude
Jan 21, 2021
How to Talk with Strangers
Jan 07, 2021
Happy Again: How to Connect When You Must Stay Apart (Encore)
Dec 24, 2020
Are You Listening to Your Elders?
Dec 10, 2020
How to Make Better Decisions
Nov 26, 2020
How to Give Up a Grudge
Nov 12, 2020
Why Voting Connects Us
Oct 29, 2020
How to Ride With the Pain
Oct 22, 2020
If You Want to Be More Productive, Cut Yourself Some Slack
Oct 08, 2020
A Cure for Loneliness
Sep 24, 2020
24 Hours of Kindness
Aug 27, 2020
How to Switch Off Your Critics
Aug 13, 2020
How to Reconnect with Your Partner
Jul 30, 2020
Do You Want to Be More Patient?
Jul 16, 2020
How to Love People You Don't Like
Jul 02, 2020
What's Your "Why" in Life?
Jun 18, 2020
From Othering to Belonging
Jun 11, 2020
Taking Small Steps Toward Big Goals
Jun 04, 2020
How to Connect When You Must Stay Apart
May 21, 2020
Give Yourself a Break
May 07, 2020
Helping Kids Think About the Good
Apr 23, 2020
Remembering to Breathe
Apr 09, 2020
Staying Close While Physical Distancing
Mar 26, 2020
Who Would You Be Without Them?
Mar 12, 2020
Step Away from Anxiety
Feb 27, 2020
Who Is Your Rock?
Feb 13, 2020
What Does It Take To Really Listen To Someone?
Jan 30, 2020
Why Shared Goals Can Bridge Divides
Jan 16, 2020
How To Make Time for Happiness
Jan 02, 2020
How To Get Your Senses Tingling
Dec 19, 2019
How To Be Less Hard on Yourself
Dec 05, 2019
Happy Again: How to Notice What You're Thankful For (Encore)
Nov 28, 2019
Can You Find Wonder in the Ordinary?
Nov 21, 2019
How To Get Your Priorities Straight
Nov 07, 2019
Does Your Doctor Listen to You?
Oct 24, 2019
Finding Beauty in the Everyday
Oct 10, 2019
How to Find Your Silver Linings
Sep 26, 2019
Can Margaret Cho Get Any Better?
Sep 12, 2019
Can You Humanize a Zombie?
Aug 29, 2019
Making Kindness Contagious
Aug 15, 2019
Facing Your Fears
Aug 01, 2019
How Michael Lewis Finds the Funny
Jul 18, 2019
How to Keep Love Alive
Jul 04, 2019
Who Makes You Feel Connected?
Jun 20, 2019
A Better Way to Talk to Yourself
Jun 06, 2019
What to Do When You Feel Like a Failure
Apr 11, 2019
Delight in the Unexpected
Apr 04, 2019
How To Let Go of Anger
Mar 28, 2019
What Are Your Strongest Reminders of Connection?
Mar 21, 2019
Do You Know How to Eat a Raisin?
Mar 14, 2019
Finding Awe in Every Step
Mar 07, 2019
Finding Your Strengths
Feb 28, 2019
Trying Compassion on Capitol Hill
Feb 21, 2019
A Lesson in Thanks and Vulnerability
Feb 14, 2019
Notice the Good in Your Life
Feb 07, 2019
The Power of Expressing Your Deepest Emotions
Dec 20, 2018
Who's Got Your Back?
Dec 13, 2018
Being Kinder to Yourself
Dec 06, 2018
W. Kamau Bell’s Thoughts on Awkward Relationships and Bridging Divides
Nov 29, 2018
Find That Inner Calm
Nov 22, 2018
These Words Cause Happiness
Nov 15, 2018
A Simple Recipe for Happiness
Nov 08, 2018
Can’t Relax? This Will Help
Nov 01, 2018
How to Make a Real Apology
Oct 25, 2018
How to Deal with Uncertainty
Oct 18, 2018
BONUS: The Science of Happiness at Work
Oct 11, 2018
What if You Had Never Met?
Aug 09, 2018
Give Yourself Some Distance
Aug 02, 2018
Listen Like It's Your First Date
Jul 26, 2018
Why You Shouldn't Hate Small Talk
Jul 19, 2018
How to Change Your Mind
Jul 12, 2018
How to Find Your Purpose in Life
Jul 05, 2018
What Are You Afraid Of?
Jun 28, 2018
How to Forgive Your Father
Jun 21, 2018
Feeling Angry? Try This
Jun 14, 2018
Let People Help You
Jun 07, 2018
Is There Someone You Need to Thank?
Apr 02, 2018
Can You Predict What Will Make You Happy?
Mar 26, 2018
Find Your Best Possible Self
Mar 19, 2018
How Gratitude Benefits Your Brain
Mar 12, 2018
Krista Tippett on Being Grounded in Your Body
Mar 05, 2018
Why a Walk Works Wonders
Feb 26, 2018
3 Funny Things
Feb 19, 2018
How to Fall in Love with Anyone
Feb 12, 2018
Quieting Your Inner Critic
Feb 05, 2018
3 Good Things
Feb 05, 2018
The Science of Happiness Trailer
Jan 23, 2018