#018 Rebellion Q&A: I’ll Have What She’s Having

In this audience Q&A episode of The Happier Hour, you’ll hear from all four guests on the latest topic of REBELLION as they answer questions ranging from racism to menstruation to incarceration. This wraps up two weeks of rebel-rousing conversations with the reminder that wherever there is oppression, there is an opportunity to rebel. #thehappierhour

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#016 Labor of Truth: Ain't I A Woman

In this Labor Day weekend bonus episode, you'll learn how the courage of former slave Sojourner Truth helped shape the rights of African Americans and the rights of all women. You'll also hear about ten current organizations led by women who are changing the lives of women and society in contemporary America, inspiring each of us to do something for the greater good. #thehappierhour

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#015 Sinners and Saint Teresa of Ávila with Dr. Christia Mercer

What can a Catholic Saint teach us about contemplation and grace? What is the correlation between illiteracy and crime? Will women ever get the credit they deserve? All this and more in today's episode with Dr. Christia Mercer of Columbia University and the work of St Teresa of Avila. #thehappierhour

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#014 Radical Resistance With Hannah Arendt and Genesis Be

This episode kicks off two weeks on the topic of REBELLION. What does it mean to participate in civic engagement? Why are public discussions of opposing views so important? Hear what the rapper/activist Genesis Be has to say about conceptual resistance and why Hannah Arendt's political philosophy is still relevant today. #thehappierhour

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#013 Embracing The Amateur

In this bonus episode you'll hear why Monica believes we should embrace our inner amateur. You'll also hear about examples of amateurs throughout history; from the fields of sports to science to art, who greatly changed their field of study or work. Speaking of work, by the end of this episode you'll understand why Monica hates the popular notion that doing things we love isn't hard work. #TheHappierHour

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#011 Commit To A Character with Aristotle and William Beteet

In this episode we’ll explore how Aristotle and improvisation can help us navigate dating in the Age of the App; or at least how to stay sane in the process. Stand-up comic and men's dating coach William Beetet shares what he's learned about committing to a character and acting "as if" in order to improve his love life, and life in general. #TheHappierHour

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#010 Getting To The Good Place: How Rules Can Make Us Happier

In this Happier Ever After Hours Bonus Episode, you'll hear why the creator of the popular television show The Good Place developed specific rules for the writers for each episode, and how defining our own rules can help us clarify our personal values. You'll also hear the rules Monica created for The Happier Hour and why she believes we must "curate to make space to create." #TheHappierHour

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#008 Your Love Blueprint and Sigmund Freud with Terri Cole

In this episode of The Happier Hour we'll hear from psychotherapist Terri Cole about how Freud and the unconscious mind can help us navigate the murky feelings of LOVE.  Whether calming the monkey mind with meditation, unearthing our unconscious mind with psychotherapy, or trying to not go out our minds with dating in in the age of the app, this episode focuses on the cycle of unhealthy relationships.

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#005 Just Your Imagination with Albert Camus and Rita J King

How can we find meaning in a meaningless world? In this episode on Albert Camus with futurist Rita J King, we explore the idea of absurdity and how the imagination can be our greatest resource for accomplishing our goals and resolutions. The Happier Hour explores a different topic every two weeks. This week: Resolutions

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#004 How A Dinner Party Can Change Your Life

Once upon a time, Monica hosted a philosophy dinner party that started a new chapter in her life and led to The Happier Hour. In this bonus episode we'll hear why she believes in the importance of philosophy as conversations and not just as theory, and her tips for how to have better conversations in your own life. 

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#003 Keep Calm and Carry On with Seneca and Massimo Pigliucci

What can Seneca and the Stoics teach us about sticking to our resolutions? Professor Massimo Pigliucci explains why Stoicism is on the rise today, the relationship with CBT, and how all of us can improve ourselves everyday. The Happier Hour explores a different topic every two weeks. This week: Resolutions

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#001 It's About Time To Get Happier

This is the teaser to entice you to join the fun! Equal parts philosophy and self-help, with a dash of humor thrown in for taste, The Happier Hour aims to make philosophy useful for the rest of us. Each episode will focus on a modern-day dilemma and calls on the greatest philosophers of all time for help. Like the joy that comes from a strong drink at half the price, this show is for curious minds who want to know more about philosophy, without going back to school. 


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