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In this episode, Alexa Espinosa explores the science of happiness, from ancient Greece to Japan and beyond. A TikTok creator shares his experience using the Japanese concept of Ikigai to enhance life satisfaction; science suggests it might even help people live longer. Later, Emory’s “purpose professor” discusses the importance of aligning one’s life with a meaningful mission. Tune in for a thought-provoking exploration into the multifaceted science of happiness and practical strategies for leading a more fulfilling life.

Featured Guests:

  • Dr. Christine Whelan is Emory University’s “Purpose Professor,” as well as a professor of consumer science in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a bestselling author and the creator of the lecture series Finding Your Purpose.
  • Jonah Reynolds makes social media content focused on happiness and longevity. Find him on TikTok @Jonahreynolds

Student Highlight: Alexa Espinosa is a dedicated senior at Emory University pursuing her B.A. in Human Health. Born and raised in Dallas, Alexa brings a passion for health and wellness to the engaging conversations on HealthierU. She is set to graduate in 2024.

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HealthierU’s theme music is by TimTaj; additional audio from BenSound and Pixabay.

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