The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks

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The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks

Politics and Unhappiness

With Election Day looming, it’s hard to tune out the nonstop political coverage across all platforms—from cable news to social media. Can you pay less attention while still being an engaged citizen? Should you be tuning out for the sake of your happiness? In this episode, Arthur and Ceci discuss why it’s necessary for the political junkies among us to attempt a political detox and share some practical tips on how we can avoid letting politics dominate our thinking and ruin our happiness and relationships.

References and further reading:

Reading Too Much Political News Is Bad for Your Well-Being | Arthur Brooks

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Happy Monkey

Are you struggling to find peace in your life? Does the future seem grim? Tibetan Buddhists attribute this sense of restlessness and pessimism to your “monkey mind.” With this understanding, finding peace and happiness is tricky, like training a frenetic monkey that you can’t get to sit still. In this episode, Arthur is joined by Dr. Martin Seligman, positive psychology expert and author of Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. They share practical advice for how you can calm your monkey, better understand the future, and move from pessimism to optimism in your daily life.

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References and further reading:

What to Do When the Future Feels Hopeless |Arthur Brooks

The Hope Circuit | Martin Seligman

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life | Martin Seligman

Why Lawyers are Unhappy | Seligman, M., Verkuil, P., & Kang, T.

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Searching for Spirituality

The evidence is clear that people find happiness and greater life satisfaction in faith and spirituality. But what do you do if you have no experience with faith or have fallen away from the religion of your childhood as you’ve grown older? In this episode, Arthur and Ceci discuss overcoming common obstacles to exploring your spiritual side, particularly if you’re feeling religious stirrings for the first time. But Arthur also shares advice for those who are more traditionally religious on how to elevate their practice amid the busyness of everyday life.

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References and further reading:

How to Navigate a Midlife Change of Faith | Arthur Brooks

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The Falling Tides of Life

As we enter a new season, we’re facing the reality that the pandemic is not a temporary affliction, but an involuntary transition from one way of life to another. In this episode, Arthur and Ceci discuss the psychology behind why transitions—whether voluntary or involuntary—can be so uncomfortable and why our natural reaction is to resist them. Most importantly, Arthur shares how instead of working against them, we can embrace these periods of “falling tides” in our lives and reap the benefits.

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References and further reading:The Clocklike Regularity of Major Life Changes |Arthur Brooks

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A Look into Your Future

Imagine you had the ability to predict how people’s actions in their 20s or 30s would affect their lives in their 70s and 80s. You’d have a pretty good idea of how to crack the happiness code, right? Turns out, for 80 years, Harvard researchers have been doing just that in one of history’s longest studies of happiness, the Harvard Study of Adult Development. In this episode, Arthur is joined by psychiatrist Bob Waldinger, the current director of the study, to learn about the origins of the project and the enduring lessons on happiness, aging, and relationships that it has revealed.

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References and further reading:

Harvard Study of Adult Development

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness |TED Talk |Bob Waldinger

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Overcoming the Success Addiction

Would you rather be special, than happy? If so, you might be a success addict. In this episode, Arthur and Ceci discuss why success can be so addictive and explain some of the key attributes of those who Arthur deems “success addicts.” No matter your stage in life, Arthur shares three tips for overcoming your success addiction and living a happier, more balanced, and fulfilling life.

References and further reading:

‘Success Addicts’ Choose Being Special Over Being Happy | Arthur Brooks

Trading Health Risks for Glory: A Reformulation of the Goldman Dilemma| González, et al.

Drinking: A Love Story | Caroline Knapp

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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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