#041 Storytelling With David Hume and Barry Lam

When is fiction more important that fact? In this episode with Vassar philosophy professor and host of the Hi-Phi Nation podcast, Barry Lam, you’ll learn what the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment philosopher David Hume can teach us about the importance of emotions and storytelling in a polarized world. #TheHappier Hour

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#040 Practice With William James and Scott Barry Kaufman

What does it mean to leave a legacy and how can we practice being better people starting today? In this episode you’ll learn how the American philosopher and leader of the Pragmatism Movement, William James, can teach us about habits, and what psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman has discovered in his research on self-actualization. #TheHappierHour

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#034 Your Brain On Avicenna and Shannon Odell

In this episode with neurologist and comedian Shannon Odell, you’ll learn how your brain shapes your experiences and how your brain processes social media. You’ll also learn about the parallels between self-discovery in neuroscience and the ideas posed by the ancient Islamic scientist and philosopher Avicenna, who is often described as one of the most influential philosophers of all time. #thehappierhour

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#032 Bonus Episode: Well-Placed Travels with Jessica Parker

In this Happier After Hours Bonus Episode you’ll learn about travel through the lens of the destination with travel public relations consultant Jessica Parker. How does a place become a “brand” and how to get to the essence of a destination? This is a follow up episode to #031 with travel writer David Farley about travel and transformation and the lessons of philosopher George Santayana. #thehappierhour

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#031 The Road Less Travelled With Santayana and David Farley

This episode kicks of The Happier Hour Season 2 as well as our conversations on DISCOVERY. You’ll learn how travel writer David Farley and the philosopher George Santayana can help us find more meaning in our lives by looking at how and why we travel. You’ll also hear unconventional advice about travel writing and the ways in which travel has the ability to transform us. #thehappierhour

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#030 Lessons Learned: On Podcasting & Philosophy

In this series finale of The Happier Hour: Season 1, creator and host Monica McCarthy shares some of the lessons she’s learned so far about podcasting and about philosophy. If you’ve ever thought about creating a show, or wondered how philosophy can help in today’s world, you’ll want to listen to this episode. #thehappierhour

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#028 Facing Our Fears With Montaigne and Adam Valen Levinson

In this episode in our series on CREATIVITY with the writer Adam Valen Levinson you’ll learn how overcoming our fears can lead to a more creative life. You’ll also learn what Levinson and the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne have in common and why humor can help us creatively connect with humanity. #thehappierhour

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#027 Reflections In Wonderland with Gwenda-lin Grewal

In this episode you’ll learn about creativity as a way of revealing and reflecting our true selves. The guest, Dr. Gwenda-lin Grewal, is a professor of philosophy, a writer, and a fashion designer who specializes in ancient Greek philosophy. By the end of this episode you’ll discover what philosophy, fashion, and “Alice and Wonderland” can teach us about creativity in our everyday lives. #thehappierhour

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#026 The Third Way With Émilie Du Châtelet and Amber Baldet

What does it mean to be creative? In this episode you’ll hear what Blockchain expert Amber Baldet can teach us about authenticity, corporations, and challenging assumptions. You’ll also learn what Amber has in common with the 18th century French philosopher Émilie du Châtelet and why most of us are thinking about creativity wrong. #thehappierhour

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#023 Making Money Work With Voltaire And Jill Schlesinger

In this episode with financial expert Jill Schlesinger you’ll learn how most of us are making mistakes when it comes to our finances, and what you can do to empower your financial prowess. You’ll also learn why you shouldn’t leave your fortune to fate and instead, in the words of the philosopher Voltaire, “cultivate your garden.” #thehappierhour

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#022 Act II: Existential Angst and Career Change

What happens when your dream career is no longer the dream? How much of what we do is who we are? In this bonus episode, Monica shares the secrets for successful career change that she learned from interviewing actors who left acting behind, and successfully pivoted into completely different careers. Whatever change you might be considering, this episode is for the existential crisis in all of us. #thehappierhour

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