The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

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:

Making the Grade
Nov 19 • 37 min
From school grades to fitness trackers, we’re all being ranked and rated on a daily basis. This is having a huge impact on our happiness and preventing us from living our lives to the fullest. Can giving up on grades radically improve our wellbeing? For…
Make ‘Em Laugh
Nov 15 • 38 min
The world’s greatest expert on canned TV laugh tracks helps Dr Laurie Santos demonstrate how the emotions of those around us can make us feel happier or more sad. If happiness is so contagious… can we do more to bring joy to ourselves and our loved ones?…
Choice Overload
Nov 5 • 38 min
We all make thousands of choices each day - and think it means we’re in charge of our lives. But making even trivial decisions - about salad dressings, for example - can sap our energy and cause anxiety. Dr Laurie Santos examines why our society wrongly…
Don’t Accentuate the Positive
Oct 29 • 45 min
We often think positive thinking is the best way to achieve our ambitions - but the science shows it holds us all back. Dr Laurie Santos hears how champion swimmer Michael Phelps imagined the worst to help make his Olympic dreams come true. It’s a mental…
Don’t Think of the White Bear
Oct 22 • 42 min
Once a thought is in our heads, we can’t suppress it and trying to only causes us misery. Dr Laurie Santos explains why our brains work in this way and hears from real people who have confronted and overcome disruptive thoughts and bad memories and found…
Caring What You’re Sharing
Oct 15 • 42 min
Sharing a good experience with another human deepens our enjoyment of the moment… but only if we abide by certain rules. Dr Laurie Santos shows us how we often get ‘sharing’ wrong and explains how we can all derive more happiness from ice cream, sunsets…
Mistakenly Seeking Solitude
Oct 8 • 38 min
Technology allows us to bank, shop and dine without talking to another human, but what toll is this taking on our happiness? The inventor of the ATM and the Talking Heads singer David Byrne join Dr Laurie Santos to explore the ways in which talking to…
A Silver Lining
Oct 1 • 44 min
Ice skater Michelle Kwan was all set to win Olympic Gold… but in a major sporting upset she came second. Sharing her story with Dr Laurie Santos, Michelle lets us in on a key secret to achieving happiness when you’re tempted to feel like a loser. For an…
The Unhappy Millionaire
Sep 24 • 41 min
How can winning the lottery ruin your life - while contracting an incurable disease feel like ‘a gift’? Dr Laurie Santos hears about dreams come true and nightmares realised; and talks with Dr Dan Gilbert about why human happiness isn’t defined by these…
You Can Change
Sep 13 • 42 min
You can make yourself happier today. Your life circumstances and personality aren’t nearly as important as you think in deciding how happy you can be. Dr Laurie Santos explains how understanding the latest science will point you in the right direction and…
Coming Soon: The Happiness Lab Season One
Aug 27 • 3 min
Do you want to be happier? Yale’s 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 Ivy League psychology course she teaches, Laurie will take you…
Introducing: The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
Jul 24 • 1 min
Coming September 17 from Pushkin Industries