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Better Life Lab | The Art and Science of Living a Full and Healthy Life

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Economists say the way we work has become so stressful it’s now the fifth leading cause of death. Our mission is to find a better way. Explore the art and science of living a full and healthy life with behavioral and social science researchers who can help us better understand what drives our human experiences, and how to change. Better Life Lab is a co-production from New America and Slate.

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Economists say the way we work has become so stressful it’s now the fifth leading cause of death. Our mission is to find a better way. Explore the art and science of living a full and healthy life with behavioral and social science researchers who can help us better understand what drives our human experiences, and how to change. Better Life Lab is a co-production from New America and Slate.

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By Teddy3637 - Dec 10 2018
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Wish they would make more. This is a great podcast for anyone with a job.

Great concept and show.

By Disappointed Fossil Fan - Oct 10 2018
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Great concept and show. We need more episodes!

iTunes Ratings

200 Ratings
Average Ratings
149
23
20
2
6

Great

By Teddy3637 - Dec 10 2018
Read more
Wish they would make more. This is a great podcast for anyone with a job.

Great concept and show.

By Disappointed Fossil Fan - Oct 10 2018
Read more
Great concept and show. We need more episodes!
Cover image of Better Life Lab | The Art and Science of Living a Full and Healthy Life

Better Life Lab | The Art and Science of Living a Full and Healthy Life

Updated 8 days ago

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Economists say the way we work has become so stressful it’s now the fifth leading cause of death. Our mission is to find a better way. Explore the art and science of living a full and healthy life with behavioral and social science researchers who can help us better understand what drives our human experiences, and how to change. Better Life Lab is a co-production from New America and Slate.

Rank #1: Why You’re Addicted to Being Busy

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Email inboxes and push notifications were designed to keep us busy. But when we break it all down and how we think about busyness, we should be paying attention to the way our environment is designed — both at work and at home. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains how we can change our surroundings and our actions to fight our addiction to being busy.
Ariely is an author of The New York Times best-selling book “Predictably Irrational,” a popular TED speaker, and professor and director of the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University. We also hear from David Sbarra, a professor in the psychology department at the University of Arizona, where he directs the Laboratory for Social Connectedness and Health. And he confesses — he is obsessed with busyness.
Jun 28 2018
31 mins
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Rank #2: Even Progressive Offices Fail at Work-Life Balance

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No meeting Wednesdays and work from home Fridays are not enough.

In this episode, you'll find out how employers can really create a healthier and more productive workplace. Tara Oakman, a former Obama White House official who is currently working as a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and David Waldman, vice president human resources and administration at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, weigh in.
Jul 05 2018
26 mins
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Rank #3: The Surprising Reason Why the Gender Pay Gap Hasn’t Shrunk

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It gets more intense every year — the drive to work longer and longer hours. And there’s striking new research that shows that women, who already get paid less than men, are put at a distinct disadvantage by an American job market that rewards overwork rather than performance.
In the final episode of season one of Better Life Lab, we hear from Youngjoo Cha, a sociologist at Indiana University and an expert on overwork and gender. Her research shows that, while the education gap is closing between men and women, overwork has all but cancelled out efforts to equalize the job market. In fact, the gender pay gap would have actually shrunk by 10 percent in recent decades if it wasn’t for this phenomenon.
Ciannat Howett, an associate professor at Emory University, shares her own story of job growth and overwork.
Podcast production by David Schulman.
Better Life Lab is a partnership of Slate and New America.
Jul 19 2018
32 mins
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Rank #4: Inside A Workaholics Anonymous Meeting

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What happens when you can’t stop working? In this episode, the Better Life Lab podcast goes to a workaholics anonymous meeting to find out. 

We also here from Malissa Clark, a professor of psychology at the University of Indiana and an expert in workaholism. She discusses the science and research behind workaholism, and how we can change.
Jul 12 2018
23 mins
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Rank #5: The Calm Company

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When Jason Fried founded Basecamp, he and his partner decided not to focus on growth, but on sustainability, and healthy work-life balance. While Fried’s stance is unorthodox in an economy where success is literally measured by growth, economist  and bestselling author Juliet Schor says Fried is onto something.
Mar 15 2019
35 mins
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