Happiness is advertising, apparently
When this podcast isn't running commercials, it's promoting self-help books by its guests. Interviews are much more engaging than Dr. Santos' wooden scripts. I am "unhappy" with how cynically this podcast was constructed.
I took the Science of Well-being class which was transformational for me . Listening to the podcasts enforces lessons learned from the class. Also helps keeping my brain rewired so I don’t get fooled by happiness illusions and to stay true to authenticity and what really matters in life. I can’t say enough about how important this podcasts is in our everyday lives and to humanity. Thank you Dr. Santos!
Lifelong learner @ 67 !
Inspiring and Fun Podcast
I love that this podcast not only inspires me to be a happier and better person, it actually gives science-based steps for how to do it! Definitely one of my favorite podcasts.
Topics are good, but the host needs improvement
I want to listen to this podcast because the topics interest me. The problem is that the host sounds very unnatural, like she’s reading a letter or script and trying, but fails to sound like a real person. She lacks personality. I’m unsubscribing today.
Overly scripted—lighten up!
I’ve listened to this podcast for a couple seasons—generally, I’m very distracted by the host’s sing-song scripted dialogue. I cannot recall any information because her voice seems so artificial and so distracting. Her guests speak much more leisurely and relaxed.
Tall Culinary Vet
Love your show and eventually want to take your course.
true peace of mind
This Show Always Improves My Mornings
I listen to this podcast first thing in the morning. I always start my day feeling happier and more hopeful afterwards. Well worth a listen!
Caution if you’re alone
For the most part, the content here is on the right track in exploring what is truly important in life, but there is a glaring lack of addressing people in situations like mine; no support structure, close family, intimate relationships, kids, good friends (let alone groups of them), or valuable colleagues; constantly having to take care of everything on my own. As this is the group of people most in need of podcasts about finding happiness, the repetition on how unhealthy it is to live with no support structure, few social interactions & stress of constant aloneness can be very depressing/painful. The majority of the self-help suggestions take for granted what a lot of people haven’t got: a world full of valuable peers, people to collaborate with, spouses, kids, parents, extended family, lots of friends, relationships with neighbors, etc.
Great extension of her Yale course!
I took Dr. Santos’ course on Coursera, and this podcast has so many additional studies and ideas for how to achieve happiness. She gets very interesting guests who have great insight into how they achieved happiness and success.
Love this podcast
It has helped me become a better person and changed my view of my life. It has allowed me to challenge my idea of how to be happy. It is one of the first podcasts I listen to every week.
I can not say enough good things about this podcast. Dr. Santos is great, her guests are wonderful, and I took something away from each episode! I’m so glad I found this podcast! I asked shared so others could enjoy it as much as I do!
I love this podcast
I’ve learned so many new things, especially things that challenged my inclinations … I’m excited to implement the suggestions to create a more meaningful and happy life ♥️
Makes me happy!
I love this podcast so much! It is definitely the most helpful podcast I listen to. It covers so many interesting concepts in a way that an idiot can understand :) I love that there are always super clear takeaways that help you understand your own behavior and specific strategies to improve your life.
Statutory rapist Rob Lowe
Please why is he trying to tell me literally anything about happiness. Just look it up Jesus.
Let slip the dogs of more happiness
Our family dog died earlier this year and this episode really spoke to me. Thank you for all your work on the podcast. I am resolved to have a new dog become part of our family in the near future. A dog is a lot of work, and they are not a good fit for everyone, but they really can bring humans happiness.
Kevin RK USA
I have learned so much from this podcast. It’s like water when you are thirsty. It is amazing and mind expanding.
I really enjoyed your podcasts. One of the sponsors was Better Help. So when I wanted to get therapy, I contacted Better Help. It turned out to be a huge waste of money and only a few texts from a therapist asking a one sentence question. But you’re locked into a contract with a 30 day cancellation policy. So no matter how poor the service, you’re locked into paying lots of money. I can’t listen anymore. I feel really burned.
This show is amazing. I recommend it to all my friends and family. It’s truly life changing.
I particularly enjoyed the lessons of the ancients series. Please do more of those!
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Listened to episode 2 today. It reminded me of “this to shall pass” both good and bad. With all that has gone on in the last 2 years it was spot on. I was also reminded that the journey is as important or more fulfilling that the destination.
I Listen Listen Listen
Thank you Laurie, you help me daily to try to find slices of happiness in this world of a crazy heartbreak. I hope in the future you can help those of us who find happiness in our brain but our hearts only know the pain of loss 💔
Um excuse me…
The two best cognitive science podcasts are Happiness Lab and A Slight Change of Plans.
I LOVED the crossover episode with Dr. Angela Duckworth! The conversation of the stoics had me thinking about Lloyd do let’s character from the 80s classic “Say Anything”. He has this quote that says “if you start out depressed than everything is a pleasant surprise.” Couldn’t help but think of it during your talk! Love this podcast and the brilliant science behind it!
As cheesy as it sounds…this podcast may change your life!
Thank you dearly Laurie, from the bottom of my heart, for creating such a wonderful thing. Your podcast has helped to mend a broken heart and has taken me from a 2.5 to a 4+! I’ve shared your podcast with everyone I know and I can’t wait for a new season. Please keep up the good work and know that what you’re doing matters! Best wishes. Cory
I absolutely love that I found this podcast recently. A few years back, I loved studying happiness and habits. A lot has happened in the past few years and I forgot my love for this kind of science. After finding this podcast, I can say that it’s drastically changed my outlook for the better and I love implementing the strategies Dr Santos and her guests mention. I’m recommending this to everyone I know!
Life alteringly good
So much good stuff packed so efficiently. I eat up the episodes and have to listen to them again to make sure I get it and don’t miss anything. Thank you Dr Laurie Santos!
ER doc SB
Great wellness podcast - particularly before bedtime!
As a personal trainer and someone who has long struggled with mental health, I consume a lot of wellness content. I came across this when I was on the hunt for something mellow to listen to before bed, a time my anxiety often goes up. After trying many shows and apps, this was the winner. Perfect length and concepts are presented in an entertaining but mellow way. For people who are in therapy or have experience in the wellness field, many topics are familiar, but that’s what I was looking for! As Dr. Santos reminds us, happiness takes work, so it never hurts to review effective strategies and hear about them from many perspectives. Only complaint is that I want more episodes! I’ve listened to almost the whole library and I’d love some more :)
For me personally, better than therapy
Most of the concepts introduced in this podcast are pretty intuitive. Be more mindful, grateful, kind to yourself and others and you will be happier. However, having them affirmed by the researchers and scientists interviewed in the podcasts really got me over the hump to actively practicing these, which helped my anxiety far more than the counseling I started at the same time. I cannot recommend the episode on RAIN enough in particular.
There’s some great stuff here...and some not great stuff
It’s certainly ironic that a show that emphasizes human connection as a way to achieve happiness is full of ads for automating your life and disengaging from people...and boy are there a lot of ads for them. More of an issue is that this show seems to suffer from “Malcom Gladwell syndrome” Where generally sound and well researched phenomena are illustrated through anecdotes in ways that don’t fully capture nuance and ultimately fail to investigate below a surface level. Take for instance the example of the war hero who was horribly injured and yet is still an incredibly grateful and optimistic person. What would have been far more interesting would have been to deeply examine the reasons this veteran thrived while countless other veterans who have experienced similar issues have struggled with addiction and suicide. Perhaps that much nuance is too much to expect for a general interest podcast designed to reach a wide audience.🤷🏻♂️
(All the nicknames are taken)
I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for creating such an impactful podcast! I believe that we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Thank you for putting this into the world! BE UNBROKEN! @MichaelUnbroken
Lao Tzu - Remarkable episode
I love and am inspired by all of the Happiness Lab podcast episodes, but this one really struck me as so pertinent in our world today, and with our “more is better” culture. Solala Towler provides so much understandable and digestive wisdom in this episode. Thank you Solala and Laurie Santos!
The Happiness Lab
I love this podcast. It is amazing to find a podcast that walks me through what I intuitively knew (that the mind is powerful) and shows me how to understand and harness the power for the benefit of living a better and happier life. Thank you!
I just discovered The Happiness Lab and have only listened to 3 Podcasts, and it’s just Simply Awesome!! I can’t wait to listen to all the recordings! Thanks for creating this project! Love it and already started sharing it with my family and friends!
This podcast offers listeners some truly wonderful techniques and perspectives for how to live a happier life. It helped me get through the last year and I am so thankful.
Love this podcast. I have been listening twice daily for a couple weeks now. The wisdom of the ancients are my favorite episodes. Hoping for more of those in the future. Also love the length of the episodes. Thanks for all you do!
A Podcast everyone needs to listen to
I just finished listening to the episode with Michelle Kwan, and wow… thank you Dr. Santos for talking about these “reference points” that ALL of us go through. Please keep doing what you’re doing!!!!
laurie santos' greatest fan
Excellent content, too many ads
I’d give the content a four but there are TOO MANY ADS relative to the length of this podcast. It’s incredibly annoying.
I started this podcast hoping to find some easy answers, a one thing fixes all type of solution. But, it has been a great help that provides a thoughtful, one step at a time type of potential progress. A lot of small things can actually add up to help with depression, sadness, mindset, and overall happiness.
For people like me with a well developed left brain and junkyard for a right brain, this podcast helps. I look forward to each new episode. Really well done.
My go-to podcast
This podcast is so well done. From research to interviews, it challenges a vast variety of topics relating to happiness and living well. In the age of information overload and podcast overload, this podcast keeps things simple and to the point. I’ve taken away many useful (actually useful) tips and concepts that have pushed me to be the best I can be. I have a deep appreciation for Laurie and the work her team is doing to make this show happen, I look forward to many more episodes in the future!
A wonderful taste of herbs
After taking Rosalie’s Taste of Herbs, I had no doubt that she would put together auseful, well thought-out and easy-to-listen-to podcast where everyone comes away with some new take-away... and a recipe as the cherry on top! It’s Fantastic. I’ll be a regular listener!
I’m sure the host acknowledges this at times, and while I enjoy listening to the science and theories, everything brought up related to Yale and her students is unrelatable. The latest episode ruined it for me after listening for so long. That’s not the fault of the podcast but real people who suffer are out of the scope. It’s for well off people. Still a good podcast and worth a listen since the discussions are based on up to date research.
Better moods and thoughts? Backed by science!
This podcast has been my go-to commute listening for the past couple weeks as I catch myself up on this excellent series. I’ve become more resilient in the face of my wife’s chronic depression and anxiety by employing the findings of the studies presented in each episode. The subject matter has also become family dinner time conversation. Thank you Dr. Santos for such helpful content!
Love this podcast
This podcast planted a seed of podcast listening and diving into the psychology of everything. I look forward to new episodes.
Absolutely love it!
I have been listening to this podcast during my marathon training & I absolutely love it! It brings me so much joy & gratitude. I always feel so thankful after every run. Would definitely recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to feel a little bit more happiness!
What a great podcast!
I love learning about happiness. It is a word that is thrown around so lightly and it is in fact such layered concept.
‘Happiness lessons of the Ancients’ is a stellar series ! Our thanks to Laurie’s guests , and to Laurie and her team for this season’s production . We’ll be all ears for more this summer when you return .
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Happy to Love this Show!
Been listening since the beginning. Always finding many nuggets and life enhancing gems in these research based yet engaging episodes. Have tried many and they are helpful. I love that the show makes me feel there is not one right way to do happy and there is so much science out there to point us in the right direction. Thanks Laurie- so glad I can attend your class every week! I so miss it when you go on break. I have so enjoyed the focus on the ancients this past season. Appreciate the old wisdom you are putting in front of us in a new way.