The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos


You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale--the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history--Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit:

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  • lisazblue
    My fave new podcast!
    Combines my fave things...happiness and research!
  • Sheena Y.
    Thank you 🤗
    I’ve never written a podcast review, but appreciate this one so much that I feel I must. I love the short meditations in episodes 18 and 19. They are just wonderful and much needed. Thank you for all you do to lift the spirits of others. You have no idea how much it means to me.
  • Pastah Z
    Mind Blowing
    Fun, practical, informational, mind blowing, and seemingly well researched! I feel HAPPY!!!!
  • Scam..
    Interesting, motivating, and very well planned.
    This show is so good at giving you a concept by starting with a real-life example that it keeps you interested and helps you to understand how to implement the concept at the same time.
  • Mike72889
    I’m only two episodes in but they’ve both been a huge joy to listen to. Can’t wait to share with my friends so we can discuss the episodes together!
  • Senorita Anitala
    The Happiness Lab
    The research presented is excellent, relevant. I am passing the word on to my clients and friends to take a listen. And Laurie, your voice and articulation make the podcast so pleasant to listen to. A wonderful contribution to all.
  • adavis35
    Working with US soldiers
    Came across THL and find it on point as a tool that augments our resilience training with US soldiers. Nicely done!!
  • mra2017
    Wonderfully relevant
    This podcast is very relatable and provides pearls that can be readily applied in your everyday life to boost wellbeing. The experts interviewed, the stories told, and the summaries and cohesion provided by Dr. Santos really make the episodes and lessons come to life. Highly recommend!
  • hawaiianemily5
    if you listen to a podcast... let it be this one
    I’ve shared the podcast countless times. it has changed my life. this is my review : Absolutely Worth Your Time - nothing better than a passionate recommendation of quality content. THANK YOU DR SANTOS!
  • JenJinksJohnson
    Thank you!!!
    This has been such a nice change of pace for me in my podcast listening. I have joined the online Yale class but wanted to know more and dove deeper into the learning. Dr. Santos has opened my mind to the science behind happiness in a fun and effective way. I have begun to find the small joys in my day-to-day life and am encouraged to keep learning and growing. Thank you so much for this amazing podcast!!!
  • jrny24us
    Thank you!
    I have been listening to your podcast since you started. I always enjoyed listening and have learned so much. I want to say thank you for still producing new episodes right now in the middle of this uncertainty. It is truly helping me process and unpack my anxieties during this unfamiliar path we are all on. Thank you so much!
  • HollyMShap
    A *must-listen*
    I heard about this podcast while taking Dr Laurie Santos’ online course, the science of well-being. It is a true game changer. This podcast gives us lessons that we can truly put into practice to make our lives a little more sweet. An incredible communicator with wonderful guests, this podcast is a delight.
  • PepiPaige
    The Best Thing You Can Do For Yourself
    Dear Prospective Listener, Please do yourself a favor and LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST! I have been recommending this podcast to everyone I know. If everyone would listen and live by the lessons in this podcast, I guarantee the world would be a better place. Dr. Santos puts evidence-based science behind all the groovy self-help suggestions we’ve been hearing for many years now: * gratitude practice * make time for friends and family * meditation and mindfulness * simplify * and so much more People, I know I sound like a knucklehead. But please just start by listening to the overview in episode one. Dr. Santos is a scientist and professor at Yale, but she does not sound like one. Her delivery is pleasant and entertaining. Her podcast is professionally produced. It is easy to listen to. This podcast can change your life. I sure hope it does!
  • courtcardman
    I’m obsessed
    This podcast is such a great way to feel better. It’s evidence based science with practical Tools to help you feel more at peace.
  • JGold94
    This podcast is simply a game changer and life changer! Dr. Santos is awesome on this! 5 starts no questions asked, worth the listen Best, Jon Gold
  • PrairieElf
    Thank you!
    Thank you so much for creating this. The podcast has helped me from the beginning, but the recent episodes on mental health during this pandemic have meant a lot to me. You make a difference.
  • mc d-ren
    Thought provoking.
  • GBBright
    The Happiness Lab Rocks! But not Dan Harris
    The guest Dan Harris, News Reporter. He did not really fit you podcast. So snarky, put downs, criticisms-just not the normal vibe. Also, though he referred to general idea of evidenced base science, he did not provide any. -GBBRIGHT
  • smilemel1
    Thank you!
    “An unexamined life is not worth living” -Socrates I’m grateful to be examining my life in your wise and uplifting company. I am learning so much from you and your guests. Thank you!
  • gleepark
    Informative, insightful, & a tonic for our times...
    I tell everyone I know about this podcast. It’s informative, insightful, & a much needed tonic for our times...
  • gspice
    this is a good podcast and I know she mentioned not caring whether she tops the charts but I would give anything to hear this brilliant woman use her actual speaking voice that she likely teaches her class with instead of this fake singsongy childlike empress crap. Sometimes you can hear her speaking to her interviewees with a normal speaking voice and THAT elevates the entire show. I bet she teaches her courses with her regular speaking voice, pitch, and speed. Please consider doing an episode on why she feels the need to speak differently. Thanks.
  • tcllcwi
    Thank you!
    Honestly the best podcast. She just makes you feel better. Thank you Dr.
  • Educational Champions
    Coach Yourself Through A Crisis
    Very helpful information to help us more comfortably handle stressful situations. The recommendations apply for the current COVIS-19 circumstances but also are tools to share with high school students. As a mentor for at-promise students, the tools shared in this podcast support my work with young people.
  • Julivjo
    Coronavirus Episodes
    I always look forward to hearing these podcasts and view them as gems. These days, even more so. Thank you for producing these special podcasts during this most challenging time. They really have been helpful so far and I look forward to upcoming episodes on this topic. Thank you for the work you do!
  • teach them
    Making a huge difference!
    I played the Sleep Episode for all my high school classes. It really had an impact on them. Several students reported back to me that as a result of the podcast, they were slowly changing their habits and trying to get to bed earlier. The podcast is truly life-changing. I’m looking forward to the next season!
  • jilkib
    I have recommended this podcast to family and friends. I have referred to it on fb, and I love it because it is science driven. One of my friends said”it changed my life.”
  • paularopi
    Can’t stop listening!
    Absolutely love this podcast!
  • E. in Lincoln
    Stellar Concept!
    I absolutely LOVED the first episode, and look forward to learning more and putting what I learn into practice!
  • Jocelyn Anc
    Love this new podcast!!!
  • drjwoodsy
    Love this podcast so much!!
    I stumbled on the gem💎 and have been sharing the episodes with family members of all ages. Everyone can benefit from Dr. Santos’ research and interviews. From my college age kids, my middle age self and my 80 year old mom ... the information here is presented in such a user friendly format. keep the episodes coming please!
  • Ellieipod
    Love this!
    What great podcasts that combine science and personal stories with tips on how to improve your happiness level. Highly recommend for everyone!
  • :-) Smile
    Dr. Laurie Santos is amazing. She gives such concrete strategies with relatable and captivating examples. Thank you so much for doing the work you do to make the world a better place.
  • Sactosinger
    In this time of much conflict, I am so impressed with this podcast. I am a very happy person. Listening to these podcasts confirm that what I am doing day to day is the right thing. Now to just get mire sleep. 😄
  • Toothfairy Mimbs
    Love this podcast I can’t stop recommending it to everyone!!!!
  • TooTallTia
    Great supplement to the class
    I took the free class, The Science of Well-being on Coursera about a year ago. This podcast brings many of those elements to light in a simple and thought-provoking way.
  • Yiyeah
    I need more!
    I absolutely love this podcast and am anxiously awaiting more. I find these both inspiring and anxiety reducing. Thank you Dr. Santos! Also, it is wonderful to have a woman doctor to listen to you. You have a beautiful voice for podcast! 😍
  • melzzzma
    Fantastic podcast
    I listen (and re-listen) to this podcast before work in the morning. Great tactics to find peace, understand your personal thought process, and live more mindfully.
  • Rap her
    Thinking about behavior and happiness
    Definitely causes you to think about how to start to change your behavior to improve your happiness. In fact , you might want to repeat hearing! Great!
  • claireerickson
    More episodes
    I LOCED THIS PODCAST. I have been trying to get into podcasts and this was the first one to HOOK ME. I love the real life stories and proof that we can be happy❤️
  • Tclove3
    A lot to reflect on and journal about. Has been really helping me shift my paradigm around.
  • JRichardsonIV
    Don’t miss out!
    Can’t wait for another episode!
  • skigirlie
    This makes me happy
    This is such a great listen. It pulls the right amount of expert advise, story telling, personal experience and practical application. I have recommended to many of my coworkers
  • __Drea G__
    Must Listen
    No matter where you are at in life, this podcast is a must listen. Thank you, Laurie for adding more happiness into my life!
  • NicoleC999
    So worth trying
    Thanks to the tactics I learned in this podcast, I der done waiting for happiness to happen to me and am instead practicing it for myself every day.
  • karav
    Such a great podcast that I decided to use it for my weekly team zoom call for our training portion. Has been so helpful for all of us participating in the podcast listening/discussion - so applicable to real life. Thank you!
  • Pam loves to cook
    This is a great podcast. It is full of good ideas and... it will make you happy just listening to it!
  • jassudhaliwal
    Amazing podcast!
    This is such a good podcast. Definitely recommend if you’re looking to make your life a lil more joyful.
  • allyolivia203
    Amazing podcast!
    I absolutely love this podcast! It’s so well done and it makes me feel so good and refreshed. I love listening to it in my car on my way to school. It’s awesome 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
  • M.Stathis
    Uplifting series in our complex world
    Dr. Laurie has a wonderful delivery and exceptional interviewing skills. The series is informative, inspiring, and reminds us of our truly resilient nature. Lots of wonderful bits of wisdom to share with my patients and to incorporate in my personal practice of wellness.
  • doctorpew
    Eagerly looking forward to next season
    I love this podcast. Dr Santos has a great voice to listen to and presents the science of happiness in a way that is very approachable. The bonus episodes were great and I always take away something tidbit to help work on being Happier.
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