Joy Lab Podcast

Joy Lab Podcast

Hosted by: Henry Emmons, MD and Aimee Prasek, PhD

Learn more about the Joy Lab Program: Welcome to the Joy Lab Podcast, a podcast that goes beyond your ears, working to help you uncover and foster your most...

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The Illusion of Separation

Feeling hopeful is a key contributor to better mental health. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be an optimist to be hopeful, as it’s a skill that we can all boost. Problem is, hope may seem hard to find right now....
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The Roots of Resilience

We’re all wired for resilience. It’s built into all living systems, from a single cell to dynamic global systems. And none of us would be here if we didn't have it. But, have you wondered why we all have different...
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Five Pathways to Inner Calm

Episode #12

Feeling stressed lately? Our stress responses are being activated by a lot of stressors floating around lately. Activation is generally fine (and can be good stress!), as long as it recedes in a reasonable amount of...
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The Forgotten Key to Happiness

Episode #11

In this episode, we are exploring the forgotten key to happiness… savoring! In our modern world, there is both excess and inequity, a recipe that has distracted us from the art of noticing and appreciating the good...
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Inspiration: The Engine of Joy

Episode #10

The element for this episode is inspiration. It’s the magic of being awakened to new possibilities or feeling deeply passionate that you want to do something out of that passion. We all know inspiration can strike...
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Sympathetic Joy: Happiness Goes Viral

Episode #9

The element for this episode is sympathetic joy, which is the practice of delighting in other people’s happiness. But it’s easier said than done—especially when we feel others' accomplishments are unfairly earned or...
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Why Gratitude Is Good (And Gratefulness Is Great)

Episode #8

Today, we’re discussing gratitude. Not the gratitude associated with cliche sayings stamped on mugs or “#blessed” posts on Instagram. We’re diving into the goodness of gratefulness that’s not based solely on...
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You're Wired for Compassion

Episode #7

The element for this episode is compassion. Given everything that’s going on in the world today, it’s more important than ever. Despite this growing need for compassion, it’s often confusing and misunderstood. In this...
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Five Lessons On Loving Well

Episode #6

The theme of this episode is Love. Not the rom-com version of love, but the genuine deep connection that we all long for. And even though love is all around, it’s easy to close our hearts to love, in fear of becoming...
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Let Go of Shoulds, Let In Fun

Episode #5

Fun is essential for optimal mental health. But, what if your ‘shoulds’ are blocking all the fun? As humans, we can unintentionally, from our own perceptions and thinking, get in the way of our own fun. In this...
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Letting in the Good

Episode #4

Dr. Henry Emmons and Dr. Aimee Prasek are talking all about awe today. Awe might seem like a rare occurrence and entirely outside of your control. But, that’s not true! Awe is really about letting in more of the good...
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Curiosity- Reshaping Your Brain

Episode #3

In this episode of JoyLab, our hosts Dr. Henry Emmons and Dr. Aimee Prasek explore the element of curiosity and how it can work to reshape our brains. We become what we think, and by changing the way we think we can...
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