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Video 1The Surprising Science of Happiness
Description: In This TED Talk, Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

Video 2Why Do Placebos Work?
Description: Think you know all there is to know about Placebos? After watching this engaging report from CBS news regarding recent studies on the placebo effect you’ll never look at them the same way. It includes startling new evidence that even when study participants ARE told they are taking a placebo, the placebo effect STILL powerfully emerges. Brain imaging data is also presented, as are exciting practical implications. You can also read the entire report below the video link on the CBS website.

Audio 1WOOP, There It Is: Four Steps to Achieve Your Goals
Description: If you can dream it, you can do it, right? Right? Well . . . not so fast. While fantasizing feels good and believing in yourself is surely better than not, research shows that keeping your head in the clouds can keep you from reaching the stars. In this episode of Hidden Brain, we hear from a psychologist who has found that those who have stronger, more positive fantasies about reaching their goals are actually less likely to achieve them . . . but there is a way to reach more of our goals and make our wildest (realistic) dreams a reality. It's called WOOP, or Wish Outcome Obstacle Plan.