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In today's episode, we're joined by Dr. Gad Saad, a professor of marketing at Concordia University's John Molson School of Business. More significantly, Dr. Saad has spent a decade as the research chair in evolutionary behavioral sciences and Darwinian consumption.
Beyond his extensive research and academic accolades, Dr. Saad reaches out to a broader audience, sharing his insights through his popular blog, YouTube channel, and podcast. As someone deeply interested in challenging harmful ideologies, I've taken note of his impactful book, The Parasitic Mind. Today, I'm particularly eager to delve into the findings of his latest release, The Saad Truth About Happiness.
In our discussion centered around his newest book, we delve into the evolutionary aspects of happiness. As someone who's written extensively on longevity and aims to live to at least 180, I believe in the importance of happiness as a skill. With Dr. Saad, we explore living the life you truly desire, the role of anti-fragility in happiness, and the inherent biological differences in male and female behaviors.
It's crucial, especially in today's climate, to understand the triggers that may be rooted in our biology or false belief systems. Drawing from personal experiences, I can vouch for the invaluable insights in Dr. Saad's book. Listeners, it's a must-read for those keen on understanding and cultivating happiness.
(03:50) Decision-Making in Relationships & Academia
• Must-have ingredients for happiness
• The impact of your relationship on happiness
• When do you make the decision to decouple from a relationship?
• How statistical decision theory applies to academia
• The garage band effect that occurs in academia that prevents action-taking
• Why academics who go on the Joe Rogan Experience are ridiculed by peers
• Behind the scenes of our interviews on Joe Rogan’s podcast
• Happiness in moderation vs. living high on life
(19:40) Perfectionism, Criticism & The Genetics of Happiness
• Navigating the inverted U curve for perfectionism
• Handling the two groups of critics
• The genetics of happiness
• Applying the psychometric scale of internal vs. external locus of control to happiness
• How our evolutionary behaviors can become maladaptive in modern society
• Exploring how having children impacts happiness
• What the research shows about how to choose a long term partner
(47:10) Evolutionary Insights on Mating, Cheating & Play
• The evolutionary roots of sexual variety seeking
• Why certain cultures tolerate women on the side more than other cultures
• The impact of birth control and hormonal changes on fertility and attraction
• The link between the ovulatory cycle and women's beautification
• What increases men’s testosterone: a study providing context for the mid-life crisis
• Why play is essential for happiness
• The re-education of Jordan Peterson
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Podcast: The Saad Truth
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