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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
  • Ep. 1: What is Happiness?

    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
  • Ep. 2: Can We Make Ourselves Happier?

    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
  • Ep. 3: Is Chasing Happiness Making Us Sad?

    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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Made me happy

Really enjoyed this series. I felt the hosts were easy to listen to and the guests were interesting and informative. I feel this has given me a new approach on happiness that is realistic and achievable without hard work.

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So relatable

Loved it so many relatable moments and new techniques that I will apply into the future. I will definitely listen to this again every few weeks.

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Interesting and Informative

Found it very interesting. I'm going to read some of the other books mentioned now too.

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really interesting

really insightful and interesting definitely worth a listen. would recommend to anyone who wants a little bit more happiness in their life

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great content

Thought it was great. made me want to discover more. Always good to learn more.

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nice

You can really get in to happiness listen to all of the episodes. very happy

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a technical look at what happiness is

an interesting incite in to what happiness is and what can produce it. a thorough examination

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Excellent

Great series, really enjoyed it. Highlighted a few things I can change in my life to improve it and my mindset. Clear info and personal interviews.

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A great Book!

This is a really Interesting book that I really enjoyed and I would really recommend this book as it really is based on alot of what we already know so I could relate easily while listening to it and it was perfectly put together! A must listen for sure!

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Thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring! Light bites and a dream to listen to. Loved it! Thank you

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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!!