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  • Summary

  • In this five-part series, US happiness expert and positive psychologist Michelle Gielan and British journalist and author Oliver Burkeman explore ways to become truly happier, backed up by scientific evidence. Bringing their own unique and counter-balanced personalities to proceedings they ask questions such as: what is happiness? Can we make ourselves happier? And why is everyone talking about mindfulness?

    Michelle and Oliver tackle these questions with the help of some of the world's leading experts on the subjects and at the end of each episode, Michelle leads the listener through a quick and easy practical exercise that has been shown to increase happiness. Listeners will be left with a genuine takeaway from each episode and encouraged to explore the topics further and take their own steps towards a happier life.

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Episodes
  • Nov 9 2018

    Michelle and Oliver open the series with perhaps the biggest question of all – asking ‘What is Happiness?’.

    Serving as an introduction to the subject we hear from neuroscientist Ash Ranpura who lays out the science behind four key neurochemicals in the body and reveals why they’re crucial in helping us understand happiness. Victoria Milligan lays bare her tragic story of losing her partner and child in a boating accident and how eventually it led her to truly appreciate life. And finally, Michelle calls on one of the world’s leading happiness experts, who’s racked up millions of views for his TED talk and who also just happens to be her husband, Shawn Achor. How does Shawn define happiness? At the end of the episode Michelle talks listeners through a quick and easy gratitude exercise called The Doubler.

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    25 mins
  • Nov 9 2018

    Michelle and Oliver unpick the science behind strategies to make ourselves happier, with the help of leading psychologist in the field Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky from the University of California. We hear from British author Helen Russell who moved to Denmark when her husband got a job with Lego, and quickly discovered why the Danish way of life is so conducive to happiness. And Michelle shares one of her favourite daily exercises that helps train the brain to think more positively.

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    19 mins
  • Nov 9 2018

    Research shows that Americans invest more time, money and emotional energy into the ‘pursuit of happiness’ than any other nation, but they’re sliding down the global happiness scale. Are these two things linked? We ask British author living in LA, Ruth Whipmann why she thinks they are, and what she’s discovered really DOES make us happy.

    And ex-boy-band member Harry Judd (from McFly) tells us how exercise helped relieve his battle with anxiety and OCD and why he thinks more people need to understand the link between exercise and happiness.

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    21 mins

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Happiness preceeds Success

Well done, professional, informative and interesting series. well worth your time to listen to. More of an introduction to the subject that a full analysis of it.

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Good to hear the story and very interesting and eager to hear upcoming shows and suggest everyone can use this app

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Be happy is a interesting podcast to hear and get more impact on social experience

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Isn't it optional? Isn't it optional? Isn't it optional? Isn't it optional? Isn't it optional? this review thing is a trap....

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Nothing earth shattering new, but still ok

It was done entertaining enough and it's short. So it was still good as a refresher on what helps bring happiness. Essentially being in touch with others, yourself, exercise and meditation helps.

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spot on perfect amazing work!

would highly recommend taking this course it is well worth the listen and it's free with an audible subscription.

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Great help

This was easy to listen to, lots of good advice! Great help to me. Enjoy

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It is really good. The podcast was very informative. Narrators are very clear. I hope that it could have more episodes and/or long episodes.

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Great intro and concepts

I loved things that were said and the little exercises at the end. I only wish that the interviews were a bit longer.

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simple, basic, inspiring, growth

very easy to finish because I was always interested in hearing more. wish it was a bigger book. I would have liked them go more into detail but that's only because I was very intrigued.
thank you. it helps always to understand more.

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It helped my depression

After just the first two I was able to try the doubling and found myself crying from happiness!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!