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The Science of Happiness

Podcast The Science of Happiness
Podcast The Science of Happiness

The Science of Happiness

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Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-win... More
Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-win... More

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  • Happiness Break: Who Takes Care of You? With Dacher Keltner
    When we feel cared for, our cortisol levels drop, we feel safe, and we handle stress better. Dacher leads a meditation to help us focus on the people who make us feel supported. How to Do This Practice: Find a comfortable position to start the practice. Focus on taking deep breaths. Shift your attention to your body, relaxing your jaw, shoulders and face. Begin to think about a friend who has supported you, or a friend who you feel grateful for. Reflect on how they have supported you and how that makes you feel. Notice how those feelings manifest within your body.  Try shifting your attention to family members and/or mentors who have supported you in various ways.  Complete the practice by acknowledging the ways these individuals have contributed to your life.  Today’s Happiness Break host: Dacher Keltner is the host of the award-winning podcast, The Science of Happiness and is a co-instructor of the GGSC’s popular online course of the same name. He’s also the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the UC, Berkeley. Check out Dacher’s most recent book, Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life: https://tinyurl.com/4j4hcvyt More resources from The Greater Good Science Center: Just One Thing: Feel the Support: https://tinyurl.com/yrfnmwfv Four Ways Social Support Makes You More Resilient: https://tinyurl.com/2p9zkjpj Why Your Friends Are More Important Than You Think: https://tinyurl.com/mw2mr5p7 How Friends Help You Regulate Your Emotions: https://tinyurl.com/bdetmjt3 We love hearing from you! How do you feel supported by the people in your life? Email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #happinesspod. Find us on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/2p8kj22u Help us share Happiness Break! Leave us a 5-star review and copy and share this link: https://tinyurl.com/2p8kj22u We're living through a mental health crisis. Between the stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, burnout — we all could use a break to feel better. That's where Happiness Break comes in. In each biweekly podcast episode, instructors guide you through research-backed practices and meditations that you can do in real-time. These relaxing and uplifting practices have been shown in a lab to help you cultivate calm, compassion, connection, mindfulness, and more — what the latest science says will directly support your well-being. All in less than ten minutes. A little break in your day.
    01/06/2023
    9:07
  • Feeling Overworked? Take a Fika Break (The Science of Happiness Podcast)
    A short break does more than just fuel our bodies, it strengthens our minds. Our overworked guest tries the Swedish practice of 'Fika' – taking short coffee breaks throughout the work day. Episode summary: In the United States, we’re taught that it’s a good thing to work more, and work harder. But research shows that overworking isn’t just physically and mentally draining, it can also be deadly. One strategy to manage our work culture? Take more breaks. Our guest this week is Mike Heyliger, a music executive and self-described “workaholic.” He incorporated the Swedish tradition of fika – taking coffee and snack breaks throughout the day – into his own life, and found it not only helped him de-stress, it also shifted his mindset and enabled him to connect with others. Later, we look at the scientific benefits of taking microbreaks and hear from Anna Brones, co-author of Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Practice: Actively choose to take a break during your day. Typically, fika breaks happen twice. Once in the morning and once in the mid-afternoon. Traditionally, fika breaks include a drink, like coffee, and a snack, but this is not required. Often, fika breaks are taken with others. Today’s guests: Mike Heyliger is a music executive and the creator of Detoxicity, a podcast on progressive masculinity.  Learn more about Mike’s Initiative, ‘Mindful Vinyl’: https://mindfulvinyl.org/about/ Listen to Mike’s Podcast, ‘Detoxicity’: https://tinyurl.com/vc72tjn2 Anna Brones is a Swedish-American writer and artist. She produces the newsletter and podcast, Creative Fuel. Anna is also the co-author of Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break.  Learn more about Anna and her work: https://www.annabrones.com/about Listen to the Creative Fuel Podcast: https://www.creativefuelcollective.com/podcast Read Anna’s book on Fika: https://tinyurl.com/yhdzaj2m Resources from The Greater Good Science Center: Five Reasons to Take a Break from Screens: https://tinyurl.com/333tuvax Why You Should Take More Time Off from Work: https://tinyurl.com/k5brkp46 Tuesday Tip: Take a Break: https://tinyurl.com/5986ste3 How to Avoid Burnout – or a Breakdown: https://tinyurl.com/bddw7cap Why You Should Take a Relaxing Lunch Break: https://tinyurl.com/2p8axdba More Resources on Fika: NYT - In Sweden, the Fika Experience: ​​https://tinyurl.com/54wpw8p5 Insider - A daily habit from Sweden could make you more productive at work: https://tinyurl.com/4exjydrr TED - Forget the Pecking Order at Work: https://tinyurl.com/yk68dmzy BBC - The Swedish tradition that can make you happier at work: https://tinyurl.com/yx28x2v8 Have you tried incorporating fika in your life? Tell us how it went. Email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #happinesspod. Help us share The Science of Happiness! Share this episode with a friend: https://tinyurl.com/4uyr2w35 Leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/2p9h5aap
    25/05/2023
    15:17
  • How To Be in Harmony in Nature — Wherever You Are, With Yuria Celidwen
    Indigenous scholar Yuria Celidwen guides us in a meditation to strengthen our sense of belonging and connection to the earth. This Happiness Break is part of our special series, Climate, Hope & Science. In it, we explore the intersection of environmental well-being and our own well-being, where taking care of ourselves and the planet are one in the same and feeling good is not only possible, it’s helpful. Listen to the rest of the series, which was released in our feed April 22–May 18, 2023. How to Do This Practice: Find a comfortable position wherever you are located. Direct your attention to your feet and the surface below them. Try to cultivate a sense of belonging in that space under your feet. Let your breath guide your attention back to your feet and upward to your heart and head. Feel a sense of openness as you welcome the warmth of the sun into your heart. Acknowledge the transformative power of the earth and your role within it. Today’s Happiness Break host: Dr. Yuria Celidwen is an Indigenous scholar whose work focuses on Indigenous contemplative traditions and advocating for the rights of Indigenous peoples and lands. She is a senior fellow at the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley and has worked with numerous organizations including the United Nations. Learn more about Yuria: https://www.yuriacelidwen.com/ Find out more about Yuria’s work at the Othering and Belonging Institute: https://belonging.berkeley.edu/yuria-celidwen More resources from The Greater Good Science Center: How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative: https://tinyurl.com/d2vzpsaj What Happens When We Reconnect With Nature: https://tinyurl.com/553xwm47 How to Protect Kids from Nature-Deficit Disorder: https://tinyurl.com/4usewuzj How Nature Helps Us Heal: https://tinyurl.com/2p93682j Why is Nature So Good for Your Mental Health? https://tinyurl.com/bdetmjt3 Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”: https://tinyurl.com/2zuj6smv Green With Empathy: https://tinyurl.com/42rk4m2m We love hearing from you! Tell us about your experience with this meditation. Email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #happinesspod. Find us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/2p9h5aap Help us share Happiness Break! Leave us a 5-star review and copy and share this link: https://tinyurl.com/2p9h5aap We're living through a mental health crisis. Between the stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, burnout — we all could use a break to feel better. That's where Happiness Break comes in. In each biweekly podcast episode, instructors guide you through research-backed practices and meditations that you can do in real-time. These relaxing and uplifting practices have been shown in a lab to help you cultivate calm, compassion, connection, mindfulness, and more — what the latest science says will directly support your well-being. All in less than ten minutes. A little break in your day. The Science of Happiness would like to extend a special thanks to *Eva Frye for their support of this series.*
    18/05/2023
    9:49
  • How To Do Good for the Environment (And Yourself)
    Walking can increase our sense of connectedness with the earth and motivation to take climate action, which might be an important aspect of your well-being. This is the third and final episode of our special series, Climate, Hope & Science. We explore the intersection of environmental well-being and our own well-being, where taking care of ourselves and the planet are one in the same and feeling good is not only possible, it’s helpful. We find the links between crisis, hope, happiness, and action. Look for another climate-focused Happiness Break on May 18th. Episode summary: Musician and activist Diana Gameros tries leaving her car at home and walking instead of drive for three days. We hear what was challenging about her experience, and why in the end, she loved it. Incorporating small climate actions into our daily life can strengthen our relationship with the earth and inspire us to take better care of it. Later, climate scientist Patrick Gonzalez breaks down the actual climate impact of one person choosing not to drive for a day. (It’s more than you’d think.) Finally, we learn how to reimagine our relationship to the environment from Dr. Yuria Celidwen, an expert in Indigenous contemplative practices and sciences, and what we — and the planet — might gain from bridging Western and Indigenous worldviews. Practice: Avoid driving for one day out of the week. Instead, walk and take public transportation. Try to avoid using your phone while getting around. Instead, observe the environment around you and how you engage with it. Notice as much as you can about your neighborhood. Pay attention to how you feel when you walk versus drive. Think about how you can incorporate other small actions in your daily life to help the planet. Today’s guests: Diana Gameros is a musician and social activist. Her music is informed by themes like identity, language, culture and her experience as an immigrant. Learn more about Diana: https://www.dianagameros.com/ Listen to Diana’s Music: https://open.spotify.com/album/0JdsjnFwzgkr0kPelaODF4 Follow Diana on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dianagameros/ Follow Diana on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dianagamerosmusic/ Patrick Gonzalez is a climate scientist and forest ecologist at UC Berkeley. His work inspired numerous policy changes focused on forestry protections around the world. Learn more about Patrick and his work: http://www.patrickgonzalez.net/ Follow Patrick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pgonzaleztweet?lang=en Dr. Yuria Celidwen is an Indigenous scholar whose work focuses on Indigenous contemplative traditions and advocating for the rights of Indigenous peoples and lands. Learn more about Yuria and her work:  https://www.yuriacelidwen.com/ More Resources on Climate Action: Greater Good Mag - Can We Have More Productive Conversations About Climate Change? https://tinyurl.com/5n95sva3 WHO - Cycling and walking can help reduce physical inactivity and air pollution, save lives and mitigate climate change: https://tinyurl.com/3kzhytf5 TED - When Mother Earth Speaks, You Best Listen: https://tinyurl.com/yzmhch34 Time Magazine - In the Face of Climate Change, We Must Act So That We Can Feel Hopeful—Not the Other Way Around: https://tinyurl.com/98bbspap What climate actions have you incorporated into your life? Email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #happinesspod. Help us share The Science of Happiness! Leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and share this link with someone who might like the show: https://tinyurl.com/2p9h5aap
    11/05/2023
    23:51
  • Happiness Break: Contemplating our Interdependence with Nature, with Dekila Chungyalpa
    Take ten minutes to renew your connection to the earth through this guided meditation on our interdependence with the ecosystem. How to Do This Practice: Find a comfortable place to do this practice, relax into your body. Wherever you are, start to acknowledge your surroundings, noticing the living and inanimate things around you. Focus your attention on your breath, and how your breathing is interdependent on other life forms, and other life forms are dependent on your breath. Contemplate the Earth’s compassion, and how it provides you with unconditional support. Finish this practice by acknowledging your connection to the natural world. Today’s Happiness Break host: Dekila Chungyalpa is the founder and head of the Loka Initiative, which brings together faith leaders and culture keepers of indigenous traditions on environmental and climate issues. Learn More About Dekila Chungyalpa’s work: https://centerhealthyminds.org/about/people/dekila-chungyalpa Learn about the Loka Initiative: https://centerhealthyminds.org/programs/loka-initiative Follow Dekila on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dchungyalpa/?hl=en Follow Dekila on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dchungyalpa?lang=en More resources from The Greater Good Science Center: What Happens When We Reconnect With Nature: https://tinyurl.com/553xwm47 How Nature Helps Us Heal: https://tinyurl.com/2p93682j Why Is Nature So Good for Your Mental Health? https://tinyurl.com/ycx9ns4p How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier and More Creative: https://tinyurl.com/d2vzpsaj How Being in Nature Can Spur Personal Growth: https://tinyurl.com/2p822nyj How Modern Life Became Disconnected from Nature: https://tinyurl.com/bdzzy6pc Being Around Nature Helps You Love Your Body: https://tinyurl.com/34m7tfre We love hearing from you! How do you connect with nature? Email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #happinesspod. Find us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/2p9h5aap Help us share Happiness Break! Leave us a 5-star review and copy and share this link: https://tinyurl.com/2p9h5aap We're living through a mental health crisis. Between the stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, burnout — we all could use a break to feel better. That's where Happiness Break comes in. In each biweekly podcast episode, instructors guide you through research-backed practices and meditations that you can do in real-time. These relaxing and uplifting practices have been shown in a lab to help you cultivate calm, compassion, connection, mindfulness, and more — what the latest science says will directly support your well-being. All in less than ten minutes. A little break in your day. This Happiness Break is part of our special series, Climate, Hope & Science. In it, we explore the intersection of environmental well-being and our own well-being, where taking care of ourselves and the planet are one in the same and feeling good is not only possible, it’s helpful. We find the links between crisis, hope, happiness, and action. Look for the third and final episode May 11. Plus, we’ll share another climate-focused Happiness Break on May 18.
    04/05/2023
    9:45

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Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning psychologist Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

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