The Power of Pleasure and Joy

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October 12, 2019

What if the most unselfish thing you could do was to pursue pleasure? To look for delight? To feel joy? We make the case for the transformative power of joy, pleasure and delight.

Ross Gay
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In a dark world, poet Ross Gay recommends "stacking delights." Share what you love, he says — not what you hate.

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Kathryn Bond Stockton is an English professor and queer theorist and a self-professed lover of kissing. She wrote a whole book just to make out what kissing means in our lives.

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Psychologist Laurie Santos created a college course to teach students how to use what scientific research has discovered about what makes us happy and why. It became the most popular class in the 300 year history of Yale.

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11:37
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Lynne Segal, the British feminist icon, has a theory about happiness: it's both personal and political. She advocates radical happiness — finding joy in collective action.

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10:43
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Social scientists are finding that generating happiness in your life may have less to do with an arbitrary number — like your bank account or how many Instagram followers you have — and more to do with how well you connect with the people around you.

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October 12, 2019
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Author and English Professor
Psychology Professor and Podcast Host
Author and Feminist Scholar
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October 11, 2019