Episode 124

Why The Things We Think Make Us Happy Don’t

With Dr. Laurie Santos

Up to 40% of college students report being too depressed to function most days. Over two-thirds say they experience overwhelming anxiety, and the scariest statistic is that more than 1 in 10 college students right now report seriously considering suicide in the past year. 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk with Dr. Laurie Santos about the misconceptions of happiness and why money or a better job doesn’t create happiness. We discuss the importance of prioritizing our relationships and why they are key to our happiness. We also talk about “time famine” versus “time freedom” and how to think about the way we spend our time and what is really important.

For more on Dr. Laurie Santos, you can follow her Twitter @lauriesantos. Check out her podcast The Happiness Lab here. To learn more about her book, The Science of Well-Being, click here.


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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. The current racial pandemic
  2. How we measure happiness
  3. Why mental health disorders among young people are almost a national epidemic
  4. Societal expectations of happiness
  5. How to rewire expectations
  6. The importance of prioritizing relationships
  7. “Time famine” and how it eats away at our happiness
  8. How to maintain a sense of contentment and happiness and be an informed citizen of the world
  9. Where to learn more about Dr. Laurie Santos


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

Dr. Laurie Santos

Laurie Santos is a Professor of Psychology and the Head of Silliman College at Yale University, as well as the host of the critically acclaimed podcast The Happiness Lab.  After observing a disturbing level of unhappiness and anxiety among her students, she began teaching a course entitled “Psychology and the Good Life,” which quickly became the most popular course in Yale’s history and has also reached almost 2 million people from all over the world through an online version.

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