The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks

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The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks

Managing Transitions in Life

The coronavirus epidemic and the residual economic effects are spurring life transitions for a lot of people, from small changes to more dramatic “lifequakes.” How can you effectively manage life transitions of any magnitude? In this episode, Arthur is joined by New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler to discuss his new book, Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age. Together, they outline some practical strategies for optimizing life’s inevitable changes.

References and further reading:

Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age | Bruce Feiler

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Curing the Epidemic of Fear

What are you afraid of? We’re facing a fear epidemic in America, and it’s not just due to the coronavirus. In this episode, Arthur and Ceci take a deep dive into fear—including how to understand, manage, and even neutralize it. Most importantly, Arthur shares some actionable tips for building your defenses against fear and learning to love and live courageously.

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References and further reading:

Love Is Medicine for Fear | Arthur Brooks

Fear Can Make You a Better Person | Arthur Brooks

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The Good Side of Bad Feelings

We all have the tendency to want to avoid bad feelings—pain, anger, sadness, and disgust. But is it right to simply push them away? In this episode, Arthur and Ceci discuss the biological importance of bad feelings, as well as how to manage your unhappiness and even benefit from the inevitable pain and suffering that are a normal part of life.

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References and further reading:

Sit With Negative Emotions, Don’t Push Them Away | Arthur Brooks

PANAS Questionnaire | Measuring Positive and Negative Affect

It’s a Terrible Day in the Neighborhood, and That’s O.K. | Mariana Alessandri

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Happiness from Eastern Wisdom

To be effective in your life and work, you must be willing to expand your happiness horizons beyond your own culture. In Arthur’s own life, he’s often looked to India as a source of inspiration on how best to combine material knowledge with metaphysical insight. In this episode, he is joined by Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School and Mentora Institute founder, Hitendra Wadhwa, for a discussion on how blending Eastern and Western philosophies can help you discover your full potential and build a life on the foundations of moral living, spiritual practice, and wisdom.

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References and further reading:

The Three Shifts of Leadership Mastery | Hitendra Wadhwa

Staying Inspired in Times of Tumult | Hitendra Wadhwa

An Open Letter to America | Hitendra Wadhwa

The Bet, 2020 – A Parable for our Pandemic Times | Hitendra Wadhwa

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Love Your Enemies

What do you do when the world is on fire? Drawing on lessons from his national bestseller, Love Your Enemies, in this episode, Arthur shares some recommendations for curing the culture of contempt that’s left our country bitterly divided. He and Ceci discuss the type of leaders our country needs and how the secret to more healing love—within families, among friends, and even towards our enemies—lies in overcoming our fears.

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References and further reading:

Love Your Enemies | Arthur Brooks

America’s crisis of contempt: Remarks from the 68th National Prayer Breakfast | Arthur Brooks

The U.S. is in a crisis of love | Arthur Brooks

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Meaning and Purpose in Life and Work

Although this graduation season looks much different than years past, 2020 graduates are still faced with the same question that we’ve all had to answer (or for some of us, are still trying to answer): what vocation will add value and meaning to my life? In this episode, Arthur talks with Stanford Business School professor and behavioral scientist Jennifer Aaker about distinguishing between meaning and happiness in life and work. They also discuss the psychology of humor and how AI just might help improve our well-being.

References and further reading:

Some key differences between a meaningful life and a happy life | Jennifer Aaker

It’s Not Going to Be That Fun: Negative Experiences Can Add Meaning to Life | Jennifer Aaker

The Shifting Meaning Of Happiness | Jennifer Aaker

Unhappiness and Age | David G. Blanchflower

Cracking a Joke at Work Can Make You Seem More Competent | Alison Wood Brooks

The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media to Drive Social Change | Jennifer Aaker

Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life (and How Anyone Can Harness It. Even You.) | Jennifer Aaker

4 Rules for Identifying Your Life’s Work | Arthur Brooks

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Building a Lifetime of Happiness

How does happiness change over a lifetime? What common mistakes do successful people make when faced with professional decline? In this episode, Arthur and Ceci discuss how our lives tend to follow the trajectory of the legendary monomyth, the hero’s journey, and Arthur shares how to conquer the oft-forgotten last stage, when our successes and triumphs are behind us and we find ourselves grappling with feelings of irrelevance and misery.

References and further reading:

Our Narrative of Success Leads to Unhappy Retirements | Arthur Brooks

Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think | Arthur Brooks

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Three Equations for a Happy Life

What better time to contemplate our lives more deeply and reflect on the true sources of happiness than in the midst of global pandemic? In this episode, Arthur and show co-producer Ceci Gallogly discuss his “three equations for happiness” and share how you can develop the habits for living a better life, even in a pandemic. Arthur also shares some practical advice on coping with the growing uncertainty and disappointment caused by the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown.

References and further reading:

The Three Equations for a Happy Life, EvenDuring a Pandemic | Arthur Brooks

Two Errors Our Minds Make When Trying to Grasp the Pandemic | Arthur Brooks

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Love In The Time of Corona

Amid the outbreak of the coronavirus and weeks of social isolation, many people are feeling anxious and grappling with loneliness. In the inaugural episode of The Art of Happiness, Arthur talks with Claremont Graduate University professor Paul Zak, the pioneer of the field of neuroeconomics and leading expert on oxytocin, the “love molecule.” They discuss the brain science of human connection, social distancing, and the power of hugs, and share three steps to take today to be less lonely in quarantine.

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