Get Happy

Clem Onojeghou (CC0)

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January 11, 2016

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.

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After suffering a terrible concussion, game designer Jane McGonigal created a game to help her feel better. In the years since, it's helped nearly half a million other people overcome depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.

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12:42
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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.

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7:37
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Historian Darrin McMahon traces ideas around happiness from classical antiquity to the modern age.

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04:11
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Where do you turn to for inspiration on how to live a meaningful life? Religion? Family? Great books?

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11:16
"Solo Faces" by James Salter
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Writer David Morris explains why "Solo Faces" by James Salter is one of his favorite books.

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03:20
Site of Thoreau's Hut, Concord, Mass.
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Biographer Laura Dassow Walls on how author Henry David Thoreau offers a timeless model of disruptive social criticism.

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Airdates
January 11, 2016
July 15, 2017
May 12, 2018
Guests: 
Author and Game Designer
Freelance Comedy Writer
Psychiatrist
Willliam P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, Notre Dame
Last modified: 
May 23, 2018