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Build the Life You Want: Arthur C. Brooks on Happiness, Transcendence & Creating Greater Life Satisfaction

By September 18, 2023No Comments
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Episode #781



Everyone wants more happiness in their lives, but most pursue it incorrectly, mistakenly believing it can be found in places like the promotion or the bank account.

Instead, happiness is the by-product of pursuits less appreciated. Like the quality of your relationships with friends and family. Doing hard things. Creating value for others. And being in communion with the transcendent.

Here to help us better orient our lives towards happiness is the great Arthur Brooks, returning for round two on the podcast.

If you missed our first conversation on episode #683, Arthur is a social scientist, in-demand public speaker, and professor at both the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School where he teaches courses on leadership, happiness, and social entrepreneurship. In addition, he is the creator of the popular How to Build a Life column for The Atlantic, and the author of 13 books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller From Strength to Strength.

“The fastest way to get lasting and stable satisfaction is to want less.”


His latest offering—a book he co-authored with Oprah Winfrey—is entitled, Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier which is filled with practical, social science and neuroscience-backed practices to strengthen what he dubs the four pillars of happiness: family, friendship, work, and faith. 

In this conversation, we discuss what happiness is and isn’t, how to experience more of it, and the concrete steps and practical solutions you can adopt to build a better blueprint for a more fulfilling future.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. As always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Arthur is a treasure. I could have talked to him all day. This conversation is wisdom-packed and overflowing with life-changing and actionable advice.


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