What is happiness?



On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison ask the question, “what is happiness?”. They try to define the term, explore ancient wisdom and modern research on happiness, and talk about why the pursuit of happiness kind of defeats the purpose. They also dip into how psychedelic experiences effect happiness, and even reveal some of the details behind their own personal struggles with happiness.

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(1:57) Steve asks Reid if he is happy
(3:26) Is happiness worthy of pursuit?
(5:41) Contentment through yoga
(9:21) Is happiness dopamine?
(14:19) Martin Seligman's PERMA theory
(17:39) Practicing the art of dying
(21:01) Relationships
(26:48) The body
(31:00) A sense of purpose
(34:09) MDMA vs ketamine for trauma work
(40:08) The pursuit of wealth
(44:56) Steve's struggles with depression
(51:11) IFS, parts, and CBT

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