Companion pets – especially dogs – are credited with making our lives richer and more fun, but does the science back up this belief? Dr. Laurie Santos breaks down what it is dogs can do to make us happier – and what behaviors we can adopt to experience the wellbeing boost of dog ownership even without buying one.
She’ll also introduce you to Georgia the motorcycling dog and her owner, Laurette Nicoll.
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ABOUT THE HAPPINESS LAB
You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale–the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history–Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit: happinesslab.fm
ABOUT DR. LAURIE SANTOS
Dr. Laurie Santos is Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. Dr. Santos is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices. Her course, “Psychology and the Good Life,” teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. It recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, and has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate and O! Magazine. A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, she was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”
ABOUT PUSHKIN INDUSTRIES
Pushkin Industries is an audio production company co-founded by Jacob Weisberg and Malcolm Gladwell. Pushkin’s chart-topping shows include Revisionist History, Against the Rules with Michael Lewis, The Happiness Lab, and Cautionary Tales.