Ep. 321 – What Actually Makes Us Happy with Dr. Laurie Santos

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Dr. Laurie Santos teaches a course at Yale called Psychology on the Good Life that was inspired by her experience with her college students and their depression. She took a microscope to happiness, breaking down the why and how so that she could create science-based, tactical strategies for staying happy. Dr. Santos makes it so easy to understand the value of what people usually see as “fluff.” We talk about how to honor those who are struggling (while still maintaining our own sovereignty and happiness), the importance of a wealth of time versus money, and how meditation is  a happiness cheat code.

We also talk about:

  • Adopting new social norms
  • Why we crave social connection
  • The hard part of happiness
  • The causal effects of happiness
  • The correlation between income and happiness level
  • The importance of attitude, mindset, and behavior
  • Time over money
  • What we put in our body and how that affects our happiness
  • Meditation as a happiness panacea



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