November 7, 2019
It's easy to lose sight of what matters most. Our guest finds a way to reconnect with her values during stressful times.
October 24, 2019
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.
October 15, 2019
October 10, 2019
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. Try this week’s happiness exercise: Noticing Nature
September 26, 2019
Do you fixate on what's going wrong in your life? Poet and "recovering pessimist" Maggie Smith practices looking on the bright side.
September 12, 2019
She's one of the most accomplished comedians of her generation. But Margaret Cho wants to find a different kind of happiness.
August 29, 2019
Should we try to find common ground with the villains in our lives? Comedian Zahra Noorbahksh tries to understand a "zombie" from her past.
August 15, 2019
We gave our Happiness Guinea Pig a mission: Do five random acts of kindness in one day.
August 1, 2019
Heights. Public speaking. Death. Our Happiness Guinea Pig explains how she overcomes her fears, one small step at a time.
July 18, 2019
How can you unearth humor in everyday life? Best-selling author Michael Lewis goes looking for laughs.
July 4, 2019
After more than a decade together, our Happiness Guinea Pig tries to bring the spark back into her marriage.
June 20, 2019
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
June 6, 2019
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.
May 30, 2019
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.
May 23, 2019
“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.
May 16, 2019
How do you respond when you feel threatened or defensive? Our Happiness Guinea Pig, writer Wajahat Ali, discovers a way to keep himself anchored amidst the challenges and chaos of life.
April 11, 2019
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.
April 4, 2019
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.
March 28, 2019
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.
March 21, 2019
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.
March 14, 2019
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
March 7, 2019
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
February 28, 2019
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
February 21, 2019
Can you extend compassion toward a difficult person in your life? Congressman Tim Ryan tries a practice to help him reach across the aisle.
February 14, 2019
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.
February 7, 2019
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
December 20, 2018
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.
December 13, 2018
How do you build feelings of trust and security? Our Happiness Guinea Pig learns some truths about what it takes to feel supported.
December 6, 2018
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.
November 29, 2018
Comedian W. Kamau Bell discusses the challenges of finding common ground, even with people in your own family.
November 22, 2018
International megastar Daniel Wu tries a practice that brings him calm amidst the chaos.
November 15, 2018
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.
November 8, 2018
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.
November 1, 2018
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.
October 25, 2018
"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.
October 18, 2018
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.
October 11, 2018
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.
August 9, 2018
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.
August 2, 2018
Are you stuck ruminating about the past?  Legendary skater Tommy Guerrero tries looking at negative events from a different perspective.
July 26, 2018
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.
July 19, 2018
Many of us avoid chatting with strangers – isn't small talk tedious and dull? Listen as our happiness guinea pig discovers its surprising benefits.
July 12, 2018
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.
July 5, 2018
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.
June 28, 2018
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.
June 21, 2018
Holding on to a grudge? Hear how our happiness guinea pig tried to let go of deep-seated anger and resentment. Support for this podcast come from Casper. Get $50 towards select mattresses by visiting, and using promo code SOH.
June 14, 2018
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.  If you’d like to try the Loving-Kindness Meditation, find instructions and guided meditations on our website at Then email or call 510-519-4903 and let us know how it went! Support for this podcast comes from Outside the Box podcast. Listen and find out how we can make our free time count.
June 7, 2018
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.  We want to share your stories on the show. Call 510-519-4903 and tell us how the practices are going for you! Support for this podcast comes from Sun Basket. We know that every part of our life is enhanced when we eat healthy meals but eating right can be hard to do. Sun Basket makes it easy. Go to and get $35 off your first order!
April 2, 2018
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.  Support for the podcast come from Audible. Want to get inspired? Try books like Dacher Keltner's book, "The Power Paradox" or Yuyi Morales' "Viva Frida." Start a 30-day trial, and your first audiobook is free at or text HAPPINESS to 500-500.
March 26, 2018
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.
March 19, 2018
Does imagining your future make you more happy--or more anxious? Our happiness guinea pig looks ahead for inspiration to improve her life now.
March 12, 2018
Can you train your brain to be more grateful? Todd Zwillich of The Takeaway takes on the challenge.
March 5, 2018
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.
February 26, 2018
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.
February 19, 2018
Our happiness guinea pig thought he had it all—but learned he had it all wrong. Discover how he brought more joy and humor into his life.
February 12, 2018
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.
February 5, 2018
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.
February 5, 2018
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.
January 23, 2018
Do you know the secrets to happiness? Learn what science has to say on The Science of Happiness, a practical and inspiring new podcast from PRI and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. Launches February 5!
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