Does getting what we want make us happy? Or is making our own happiness help us get what we want?
That’s just one of the many questions Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University, is here to talk about today. After observing a disturbing level of unhappiness and anxiety among her college students, she created a course called “Psychology and the Good Life.” She never could have guessed the huge response that would make it the most popular course in Yale’s history.
Today, Dr. Santos takes her message to almost 2 million people all over the world through her podcast, The Happiness Lab. In this interview, we go really deep on not just the science of happiness but also some research-backed practical strategies that we can all implement even during these uncertain times.
This was a really fun interview — one of my favorites — and I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Episode Highlights With The Happiness Lab
- What Dr. Santos saw in her students that made her create a happiness course
- Science-backed ways to become happier in your life
- The difference between feeling happy and being happy
- Why we can’t rely just on emotions or even thoughts to tell us if we’re on the right track
- Tips for finding the right balance for you
- What researchers have found to be the building blocks of happiness
- The one small thing you can do for free that works better than Zoloft
- What happiness does for your immune system
- How to stay resilient and improve your chances of happiness in difficult times
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- The Happiness Lab
- Dr. Laurie Santos
- Happiness Lab Podcast #2: The Unhappy Millionaire
- Enchiridion by Epictetus
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