Dan Gilbert Asks, Why Are We Happy?

  Presented by Dan Gilbert February 2004 | 21 minutes Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we”ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our ‘psychological immune system’ lets us find a way to be happy even when things don’t go as planned.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on Flow

  Presented by Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi February 2004 | 19 minutes Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of ‘flow’.

Play is more than fun

  Presented by Stuart Brown May 2008 | 27 minutes A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humour, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults.

Connected, but Alone?

  Presented by Sherry Turkle April 2012 | 20 minutes As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

The Positivity Ratio

  Presented by Barbara Fredrickson December 2012 | 9 minutes Barbara Fredrickson shares her research on the ideal ratio of positive to negative emotions, and offers suggestions for how to flourish in life.

On right and left hemispheres of the brain

  Presented by Jill Bolte Taylor February 2008 | 19 minutes Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

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