Being Well Podcast: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Being Well Podcast: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Intuition and personal insight can be powerful tools for determining our individual paths toward well being. But sometimes it’s nice to refer to some good, old fashioned empirical evidence, and check in with what the research has to say about a given question!

On this episode Forrest and I are joined by Jason Marsh, the founding editor-in-chief of Greater Good Magazine, published by the Greater Good Science Center. Together we explore key, research-based insights into living a meaningful life.

We discuss:

  • The meaning of “the greater good.”
  • The top five take-aways from the research on well-being.
  • Where self-help trends come from, and how some research has been misused.
  • Emerging bodies of research, and what we can learn from them.
  • How good research can be used for bad ends, and what we as a community can learn from that.

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03:37: What do you mean by “Greater Good”?

05:42: The top 5 take-aways from the research on well-being and resilience.

12:53: Where do self-help trends come from?

15:39: Is there a body of research that you see emerging right now that you think could be the next big thing?

17:50: What areas of study should get more investigation?

21:24: How have you applied the research to your own life?

23:28: Do you think there are ways in which some of the research on particular topics has been misused by people?

28:46: What do you think about the research into well-being being used by companies as a way to increase profitability?

33:21: If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing, what would that be?

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