Podcast Power: Happiness

Recently, I have started listening to podcasts by Dr. Laurie Santos titled The Happiness Lab. I have enjoyed learning how our brains are wired to remember negative experiences over positive ones and how we can find happiness in the smallest things. This podcast has not necessarily had a profound impact on my class instruction rather on myself and the kindness I have toward the human condition. 

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

The Happiness Lab speaks to the stress we put on ourselves and how that stress affects our bodies and minds. I have taught future elementary educators for the past 5 years. They are some of the most dedicated learners I have ever taught. However, they are also some of the most overwhelmed and self-critical students I have encountered. 

By listening to The Happiness Lab I have learned how to create healthier habits within myself and I am sharing what I have learned with my students. My students exhibit the effects of stress and I have found myself suggesting and sharing information from the podcast. Through listening to The Happiness Lab, my desire to help my students has increased to areas outside of the course content.


3 thoughts on “Podcast Power: Happiness”

  1. Hi Krysten,
    I’ve been following Santos since an article about her course was first published in The New Yorker. Did you know there is a playlist for her class?https://open.spotify.com/playlist/45mi6RS6Zq35uQsiePeOhk I’ve used it in my own classes in inspiration to create their own. We play it at the beginning of each class.
    In addition, she just released her course for teens for no cost: https://online.yale.edu/courses/science-well-being-teens.
    Awesome stuff, here! Be well!

  2. You are a wonder! You go from Tiny Tech tips to social and emotional learning. Thanks, Krysten. I’ll add Santos to my list.

    Do you follow our former colleague, Dr. Fernando Romero? He’s over at Chandler-Gilbert, and he’s been doing happiness podcasts in three languages as part of his outreach during COVID.

    Here’s a link from a recent post: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hu8ip-139e754?utm_campaign=au_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=au_share

    Thank you!


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