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POD: Wellbeing

Pursuing Happiness

How to boost your happiness and wellbeing

The search for happiness is a universal human desire, which we see as critical to leading fulfilled lives. But rather than pursuing it by the accumulation of wealth, fame or beauty, we need to recognise that happiness is a state of mind that comes from within and lasting happiness and meaning is earned through honed, consistent behavioural habits.

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PODCASTS

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Simply Happy, TED Radio Hour

(51 mins)

Is there a secret to happiness? Researcher Matt Killingsworth considers when humans are most happy. Journalist Carl Honoré speaks in praise of slowness. Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? LifeEdited CEO Graham Hill makes the case for taking up less space. Psychologist Dan Gilbert discusses the surprising science of happiness. Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast suggests that happiness is born from gratitude. Hosted by Guy Raz.

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You Can Change. The Happiness Lab with Dr Laurie Santos

(37 mins)

You can make yourself happier today. Your life circumstances and personality aren’t nearly as important as you think in deciding how happy you can be. Dr Laurie Santos explains how understanding the latest science will point you in the right direction and make you more satisfied with your life.

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The Happiness Podcast: advice and tools

(24 mins)

The Happiness Podcast with Mike Cernovish. What is happiness and why do you want to be happy? This podcast gives advice and tools needed to create your own happiness (some strong language).

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How to Fail: Mo Gawdat

(1 hr)

Elizabeth speaks to Mo Gawdat, author of Solve For Happy, about his algorithm for happiness. He talks about how to survive depression and grief; how happiness is like fitness; how to cope with break-ups; why social media is driving us further apart and what to do about it.

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The Happy Secret to Better Work: funny and fast-moving

(12 mins )

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that it is actually happiness that inspires us to be more productive. Become positive in the present as 90 % of long-term happiness is down to how your brain processes the world.

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What makes a good life? Not fame and money

(12 mins)

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think its fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

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Helping Others Makes Us Happy

(14 mins)

In this TED talk, Elizabeth Dunn discusses how helping others makes us happier. Learn how we can make a greater impact and boost our own happiness along the way.

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ARTICLES

Small Steps That Will Make You Happier

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9 easy techniques that can increase your happiness and fulfilment in life. By Nancy Clark

 

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Ten Habits of Incredibly Happy People

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Happiness can be tough to maintain but investing in the right habits pays off. Adopting even a few of the habits from this list will make a big difference in your mood.
By Travis Bradberry for Forbes

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The Science of Wellbeing

Feedspots Top 20 Happiness Podcasts in 2019

Track Your Happiness

Solve For Happy. Book by Mo Gawdat

The Happify App

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