Altruism and Happiness

'Tis the season of giving, as they say. And in that spirit, we thought we'd give you the gift of episodes that explore altruism and happiness.

The first episode in the collection features an episode about Happiness from our very first season back in 2004 with Robert Solomon from the University of Texas at Austin, author of True to Our Feelings: What Our Emotions Are Really Telling Us. The role of the emotions in a well-lived life was the topic of an episode the following year with the prolific Martha Nussbaum, author of Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions. In 2008 our hosts welcomed Jeff Schloss from Westmont College, co-editor of Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue, for a discussion of the role of altruism and selfishness in human life. More recently, the philosophers asked New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar about extreme altruism and her then-new book, Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help. Finally, John and Ken welcome Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Science Director at the Greater Good Science Center, to ask about the science of (holiday) happiness.

So grab you favorite warm beverage (hot chocolate anyone?) and cozy up to some feel-good listening, guaranteed to enhance the season at hand!