Get Happy

Clem Onojeghou (CC0)

Original Air Date: 
January 11, 2016
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Can science tell you how to "get happy?"  This hour,  the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness. Plus some practical advice for how to live well.

Playing a video game

After suffering a terrible concussion, game designer Jane McGonigal created a game to help her feel better. In the years since, it's...More

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12:42

Psychiatrist Michael Bennett and his daughter, comedy writer Sarah Bennett, say it's time we stopped thinking about our feelings and instead focused on our actions.More

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7:37

Historian Darrin McMahon traces ideas around happiness from classical antiquity to the modern age. He says the Founding Fathers equated...More

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04:11

Where do you turn to for inspiration on how to live a meaningful life? Religion? Family? Great books? Poet David Whyte finds inspiration...More

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11:16

Writer David Morris explains why "Solo Faces" by James Salter is one of his favorite books.More

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03:20
Site of Thoreau's Hut, Concord, Mass.

Biographer Laura Dassow Walls on how author Henry David Thoreau offers a timeless model of disruptive social criticism.More