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The Science of Happiness

PRX and Greater Good Science Center

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Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning psychologist Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.
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We invite you to experience Arthroscopy in a new way. Each podcast presents a detailed discussion of a journal article published in Arthroscopy via author interviews conducted by AANA members. These engaging podcasts are designed to expand the listener's understanding through discussion of unpublished results, examination of interesting or unexpected findings, or exploration of related content. Expert opinion by senior authors is often included. We intend these podcasts to be entertaining an ...
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Christine Eartheart, Founder of the Center for Thriving Relationships, interviews some of the most inspiring luminaries, thought leaders, and researchers of our time to gain their unique insights on every imaginable aspect of how to experience more love, healing, and understanding in all our relationships. Each episode will open your heart and give you incredible a-ha’s, concrete takeaways, revelatory ways of seeing yourself and others, and an opportunity to experience a more joyful, ease-fi ...
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Just a few moments of tuning into nature can make you feel more inspired, connected, and less lonely. Let us guide you through a five-minute noticing nature practice — you don't even have to leave your neighborhood. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/aj34s585 How to Do This Practice: Find somewhere where you can focus on the natural en…
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Exploring novel places and having diverse experiences is important to our well-being and can make us feel happier. This week, Ike Sriskandarajah, a producer for This American Life, takes us with him as he explores new parts of New York City. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/seystc6c Episode summary: Shaking yourself out of your norma…
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Drs Spiker and Wuerz discuss Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing Analysis Identifies Use of Consumables and Operating Room Time as Factors Associated with Increased Cost of Outpatient Primary Hip Arthroscopic Labral Repair.By AANA
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Connect to yourself and the land you stand on in under 10 minutes with this grounding practice led by Indigenous scholar Dr. Yuria Celidwen. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/3at8hrsu How to Do This Practice: If possible, go outside and find some natural ground, like grass or dirt. If you're wearing shoes or socks, take them off and p…
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Everyday activities, such as cleaning and gardening, can be sources of joy and opportunities for mindfulness. This week, our guest shares his experience practicing mindful sweeping on the temple stairs in Kyoto, Japan with Shoukei Matsumoto, a Buddhist monk. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/3r6ju2wh The Science of Happiness is now In…
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Drs Dekker and Pearce discuss Knotless All-Suture, Soft Anchor Bankart Repair Results in Excellent Patient-Reported Outcomes, High Patient Satisfaction, and Acceptable Recurrent Instability Rates at Minimum 2-Year Follow-UpBy AANA
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Last week on The Science of Happiness, we discussed the scientifically proven health benefits of the ancient Chinese practice of qigong with Harvard psychologist Peter Wayne. This week, we practice a standing meditation, with qigong master Sherry Zhang. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/3t5wdexe How to Do This Practice: Take a moment …
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Studies show qigong can strengthen your body and mind, and reduce cortisol levels. We explore this Chinese meditative movement practice that dates back over 4,000 years. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/2ywsck4e Episode summary: Finding calm in your day to day life can be stressful, especially in a world that seems to be moving at su…
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Here's a favorite of ours: visualize your best possible self and tap into your inherent enough-ness with this guided meditation by Justin Michael Williams. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/ytakaaep How to Do This Practice: Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and visualize your ideal future self, the person of your dreams you’ve…
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She's the world's leading animal behaviorist and an autism advocacy leader. Guest Temple Grandin shares what kind of support systems led her to success, and we hear about how community, and lack thereof, affects our health and ability to succeed. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/y82vw4dv Episode summary: Having strong relationships i…
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Drs Lau and Allahabadi discuss All-Inside and Inside-Out Repair Techniques for Bucket-Handle Meniscus Tears Both Result in Improved Patient Outcomes and a Broad Range of Failure Rates: A Systematic ReviewBy AANA
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Experiencing awe can help us slow down and connect to the world around us. So how can we harness the power of this feeling? Host Dacher Keltner leads us in a colorful meditation to bring about awe. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/3e9cyky5 Practice: Please find a space, either inside or outside, where you can take a moment and pause …
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Drs Arner and Scheibel discuss Management of Acute High-Grade Acromioclavicular Joint Dislocations: Comparable Clinical and Radiological Outcomes After Bidirectional Arthroscopic-Assisted Stabilization With the Single Low-Profile Suture Button Technique Versus Double-Suture Button TechniqueBy AANA
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Hearing birdsong can help us feel less anxious, recover from stress faster, and even reduce muscle tension ... but can it help us fall asleep? Drew Ackerman of Sleep With Me podcast listens to recordings of birdsongs to see if it'll help with insomnia. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/5n7sxjtb Episode summary: Drew Ackerman, aka Scoo…
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Drs Slone and Smith discuss Less Subsequent Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Following Primary Bone–Patellar Tendon–Bone ACL Reconstruction with Suture Tape Augmentation—A Retrospective Comparative Therapeutic Trial With 5-Year Follow-upBy AANA
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Pilina is an indigenous Hawaiian word, or concept, that describes our deep interconnectedness. Harvard Clinical Psychology Fellow Jo Qina'au guides us through a contemplation of our profound interrelationships. Link to Episode Transcript: https://shorturl.at/npAM9 How to Do This Practice: Pilina comes from the indigenous Hawaiian language and cultu…
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Thinking about happy memories activates reward centers in our brains, and can help us feel more connected and accepted. Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye discovers the joy-bringing power of recalling her good childhood memories. Link to Transcript: https://tinyurl.com/2r63e6tn Episode summary: Whether it’s news notifications or work emails…
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Drs Tucker and Verma discuss Elbow Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair with Suture Augmentation Results in Good Clinical Results, A Return-to-Play Rate Between 67% and 93%, and a Postoperative Complication Rate Up to 11.9%: A Systematic Review.By AANA
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A walking meditation led by 10% Happier Host Dan Harris How to Do This Practice: Begin walking. Bring your awareness to the present moment, noticing sights and sounds around you. When your mind wanders to worries or other thoughts, gently bring yourself back to what you notice around you. See if you can notice the sensations in your leg as you take…
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Drs Dekker and Richter discuss Primary Anterolateral Ligament Rupture in Patients Requiring Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Retrospective Case-Control Magnetic Resonance Imaging Review.By AANA
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Finding ways to bend tasks toward your strengths and passions can make you happier, more productive and find more meaning in your life — no matter your job. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/4ky325rs Episode summary: When the poet and former professor Susan Glass first retired, she stacked her days with so many volunteer gigs and pass…
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Drs Spiker and D'Alessandro discuss Endoscopic Tendon Release for Iliopsoas Impingement After Total Hip Arthroplasty—Excellent Clinical Outcomes and Low Failure Rates at Short-Term Follow-UpBy AANA
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Accepting difficult feelings like anger or irritation can help us keep our cool, feel better overall, and find calm on the other side. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/n6hm5yhz How to Do This Practice: Begin the practice by settling your mind and body. Notice your breath and any sensations that arise in your body, Shift your attentio…
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We learn techniques for working across the aisle without compromising our values from a Democratic politician in one of the most conservative states, Oklahoma. Link to episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/w2a9a42p Episode summary: Trying to have a conversation with someone who has an opposing view can be exhausting. This week, we explore what it…
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