Joy Lab Podcast

Joy Lab Podcast

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

Welcome to the Joy Lab Podcast, a podcast that goes beyond your ears, working to help you uncover and foster your most joyful self. Hosts, Drs. Henry Emmons and Aimee Prasek, bring you the ideal mix of soulful and...

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The Power of Play: Clocks vs Clouds and Taming Your Wild Things

Episode #19

We're wired for fun and play. It's part of our learning process, a key strategy to create connections, and essential for optimal mental health. In this episode, we'll talk about some common obstacles (clocks vs...
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You Are That Vast Thing You See with Great Telescopes

Episode #18

Did you catch the first set of images released from the Webb telescope? Did you feel a bit of awe? And if you listened to last episode (#17) you may have thought... "Hey! That's me in those images!" Yes! That might...
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The Case for Wonder in a Distressed World

Episode #17

Awe, wonder, enchantment… don’t we all want these experiences?! And when it comes to mental health, they’re super beneficial. In this episode, we’ll explain how the element of awe and these experiences are not...
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The Surprising Benefits of Not Knowing

Episode #16

Curiosity is a powerful element of joy. There are two key constructs related to curiosity that we’ll dive into in this episode because they are particularly powerful. These are intellectual humility and uncertainty...
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How Can We Respond to Tragic Loss?

Episode #15

How are you feeling? What are you feeling in your body? As for me (Aimee here, co-host of the Joy Lab podcast), I've been a sobbing, ticked off human the last few days. I rollercoastered between fear, apathy, sorrow,...
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The Illusion of Separation

Episode #14

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

Episode #13

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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