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The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

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Season 3

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Space crews, athletes and pop stars all indulge in strange rituals before moments of high stress. It’s easy to mock these behaviors — indeed even the people who practice them often admit they’re a bit weird — but they can act like performance enhancing drugs.

Dr. Laurie Santos looks at the research to show why creating a good luck ritual can make us perform better and feel calmer, happier, and more confident when faced with life’s big moments.