Monday, March 28, 2022
#87 / The Happiness Lab
Laurie Santos (pictured above) teaches at Yale University. Specifically, Santos teaches an extremely popular course titled, "Psychology And The Good Life." If you click that link, you can get a fifty-two minute synopsis of the course, by way of a YouTube video. You can also take an online course called, "The Science of Well-Being," developed by Yale and featuring Santos. You can also tune in to Santos' podcast, "The Happiness Lab."
I read about Santos in an article in the February 27, 2022, edition of The New York Times Magazine, so let me cut to the chase. One of the key routes to happiness and "the good life," as outlined in that article, is "social connection." Getting together with others and working together in some common endeavor is the best route to "happiness," the "good life," and "well-being."
Take it from Laurie Santos. Or, take it from Zeynep Tufekci. Or, take it from Hannah Arendt, who identified "Committees of Correspondence" as what I'll call the "mitochondria of the revolution." Or, start talking to strangers, and take it from me!