Happiness 2.0

Happiness 2.0

Welcome to the Happiness 2.0 podcast, a show that explores the science of happiness and well-being in the modern world. Hosted by Edward G. Dunn and co-host Nic Whitacre, this podcast offers valuable insights and practical tips for living a happier, more fulfilling life. In each episode, Edward and Nic explore a different aspect of happiness and well-being, drawing on the latest research from psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and other related fields. They also share their own personal experiences and insights, offering a unique and relatable perspective on the challenges and joys of living a happier life. Topics covered in the podcast include overcoming anxiety and worry, mindfulness, brain-hacking, relationships, tools for happiness, and much more. Through engaging discussions and interviews with experts in the field, the show aims to help listeners develop the skills and habits necessary to cultivate a happier and more meaningful life. So, if you're looking for practical advice and inspiration for living a happier life, tune in to the Happiness 2.0 podcast with Edward G. Dunn and co-host Nic Whitacre.


April 11, 2023 47 mins

In this episode we talk about the recent emergence of mindfulness in western cultures. We dive into the misconceptions, the realities, what it actually is, and how it can be used to increase your happiness and peace of mind every day.

During our conversation, we'll delve into the basics of mindfulness and explore some simple techniques for cultivating a more mindful approach to life. We'll also discuss the role o...

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Welcome to the Happiness 2.0 podcast episode where we explore the benefits of technology fasting and solitude.

In this episode, we delve into the effects of constant connectivity and the role that technology plays in our daily lives. We discuss the benefits of taking a break from technology and unplugging from social media and our devices. We are sharing insights and practical tips for practicing a technology fast and how it can hel...

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April 11, 2023 62 mins

In this episode we'll be exploring the topic of staying happy through health problems. Our guest for today is Nic Whitacre, an inspirational speaker who has spent years battling chronic health conditions while still maintaining a positive outlook on life.

In this episode, Nic will share his journey of overcoming health challenges, including his experiences with childhood diabetes and organ transplant. He'll discuss how he ...

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Retirement is often seen as a time of relaxation, freedom, and enjoyment. However, studies show that retirement can also have negative effects on our physical and mental well-being, including increased risk of depression, isolation, and cognitive decline.

In this episode of "Happiness 2.0," we explore the potential pitfalls of retirement and discuss strategies for avoiding the negative effects on your happiness. We examine...

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Have you ever felt like everyone around you is unhappy? Or maybe you feel that way yourself? You’re not alone. Despite living in the most prosperous era in human history, many people report feeling unsatisfied and unhappy. In this episode, we will explore the reasons why so many people are unhappy and offer some practical solutions to improve happiness, peace of mind, and well-being.

We'll look at what the latest scientific stu...

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In this episode we delve into the science and benefits of gratitude. It's a powerful emotion that can have a significant impact on our mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

To help us explore this topic, we examine several scientific studies in the field conducted by psychologists, neuroscientists, and mindfulness practitioners. We share their insights into how gratitude works in the brain, how it can be cultivat...

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April 19, 2023 1 min
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We humans have an uncanny ability to elevate trivial annoyances into full blown crises. This tendency is responsible for a great deal of our day to day unhappiness. Surprisingly, however, there is a scientific reason we do this. There's also a very easy way to stop doing it - right now, today.

Join me and Nic as we explore both the science and the solutions around sweating the small stuff.  This episode can make a hug...

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In this episode of Happiness 2.0, we dive into the remarkable lessons that our furry friends can teach us about happiness. Join us as we embark on a heartwarming exploration of the unique insights and experiences we gain from our relationships with animals.

From the unconditional love of a loyal senior dog to the playful antics of a rescued puppy, animals have an extraordinary way of touching our lives and reminding us of ...

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In this thought-provoking episode of Happiness 2.0, we delve deep into the intricate relationship between choices and our overall sense of well-being. Join us as we unveil the hidden culprit behind our unhappiness—the weight of choices.

From the moment we wake up until we lay our heads to rest, we are bombarded with countless decisions to make. But have you ever stopped to consider how these choices, seemingly insignificant on their...

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May 25, 2023 43 mins

In this episode, we dive into the fascinating world of building instant rapport and creating connections that truly last.

Join our Ed and Nic as they delve into the art of mastering instant rapport. Discover how to leave a lasting impression through powerful first encounters and unlock the secrets to establishing deep connections with others.

Throughout the episode, our hosts will share practical tips and proven techniques ...

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In this episode, we dive into the topic of motivation featuring a special guest, behavioral scientist Kurt Nelson, Ph.D.

Join us as we uncover the secrets to maintaining a consistent level of motivation and inspiration in our everyday lives. Dr. Kurt Nelson brings his expertise and insights to the table, providing practical strategies backed by research to help you harness your motivation whenever you need it.


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 In this enlightening episode of Happiness 2.0, we embark on a profound exploration of the 20 keys to overcoming sadness and  how to replace it with lasting joy and happiness.

Our hosts share a personal reflections on recent experiences that momentarily clouded their understanding and overwhelmed their journey. Through a resilient effort to regain clarity, they discovered  the keys that reignited their inner light. Togethe...

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In this transformative episode of Happiness 2.0, join us as we delve into the fascinating realm of memories and explore the profound impact they have on our lives. Discover the untold stories and forgotten chapters that make up the vast majority of our existence, and uncover the secrets of what distinguishes the memories we cherish from those we tend to forget.

Memory is a peculiar phenomenon that shapes our perception of the past a...

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In this thought-provoking episode, we delve into the importance of intellectual humility and the art of holding opinions loosely.

In a world where opinions are often passionately defended and debates can become heated, we invite you to embark on a journey of self-reflection and open-mindedness. Our hosts, engage in a compelling conversation seeking to uncover the transformative power of intellectual humility.

Together, we e...

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In this thought-provoking episode of Happiness 2.0, we look deep into the realm of human emotions and relationships to unravel the enigma surrounding unconditional love. Is it an achievable state of being, an elusive ideal, or a potential source of emotional imbalance? Join us as we set out on a candid exploration of whether unconditional love is a genuine path to lasting happiness or a romanticized notion that needs closer examina...

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In this transformative episode of Happiness 2.0, we dive deep into the powerful concept of severing social ties with individuals who do not resonate with our core values. Join us as we explore the profound impact of surrounding ourselves with an authentic tribe that uplifts our spirits, fuels our growth, and enhances our overall well-being.

We'll unravel the intricacies of human connections and offer valuable insights into the ...

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In this episode of Happiness 2.0, we dive deep into the power of critical thinking as a tool for recognizing and overcoming destructive programming that often lurks in the shadows of our minds. Join us as we explore how the skill of critical thinking can be your compass on the journey to mental clarity, positive self-transformation, and genuine happiness.

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Life is a beautiful story, composed of chapters woven with experiences, dreams, and choices. Just like a well-written novel, our lives should be a testament to growth, discovery, and transformation. In this episode of Happiness 2.0, we embark on a journey to explore the profound significance of creating and living new chapters in your life. We draw parallels between life and literature, uncovering the magic that comes from stepping...

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September 8, 2023 63 mins

Join hosts Ed and Nic on a thought-provoking journey to explore the age-old concept of Enlightenment in this illuminating episode of Happiness 2.0.

Enlightenment has been a pursuit of humanity for centuries, but what does it really mean? In this episode, our hosts take a deep dive into the heart of this profound philosophical and spiritual concept, aiming to demystify it and bring it into the context of our modern lives.

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