Episode 248: ‘The Happiness Lab’ Professor On Ways We Can Be Happier; How Jonny Sun Is Learning To Balance Work And Rest

Laurie Santos teaching “Psychology and the Good Life” at Yale University. (Karin Shedd/Yale)

When Professor Laurie Santos first offered a course about psychology and happiness at Yale University, over a thousand students signed up. This week on NEXT, Santos gives us tips  on how we can be happier in our lives. Plus, we’ll hear dream experts discuss the evolution of COVID-19 dreams. And we talk to author, illustrator and TV writer Jonny Sun about his relationship with work and free time — and the things he’s unintentionally inherited from his family.


Laurie Santos, psychology professor at Yale University who teaches a course on happiness, host of the podcast “The Happiness Lab.”

Jonny Sun, doctoral candidate at MIT, creative researcher at the Harvard metaLab, staff writer for the sixth season of the TV show “BoJack Horseman” and author of the new book “Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations.”


Karen Brown, reporter, producer and host at New England Public Media
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Miriam Wasser, reporter at WBUR’s EarthWhile
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Eve Zuckoff, Report for America reporter for CAI
Coastal Seniors and Climate Change: Retirement Dreams Threatened As Coastal Living Increasingly Risky

Todd Bookman, senior reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio
Listen Up, New Hampshire: Goodwill Doesn’t Want Your Trash

About NEXT

NEXT is produced at Connecticut Public Radio
Host/Producer: Morgan Springer
Freelance Producer: Lily Tyson
Executive Editor: Vanessa de la Torre
Senior Director: Catie Talarski
Music: Todd Merrell, “New England” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “To Meet You There” by Anjimile and “Nowhere To Run” by Billy Wylder. 

Special thanks to Annie Ropeik and NHPR’s By Degrees climate project.

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