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How to Access Your Best Possible Self? Start With Your Imagination

In the quest for self-improvement, it’s tempting to hop on the latest wellness fad. But as Happiness Break—a series by The Science of Happiness podcast—explores, there’s a simpler, cheaper option.

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What if there was a way to tap into your best possible future self that didn’t involve taking action—just taking a beat? Our partners at Happiness Break by The Science of Happiness podcast share science-backed practices for well-being. The latest Happiness Break features author and mindfulness coach Justin Michael Williams guiding you through his practice to visualize your best possible self. Just imagining this version of future-you can reduce levels of cortisol, foster optimism, and increase your sense of control over your life.

The Science of Happiness host and psychologist Dacher Keltner is a fan of Williams’ “You Are Enough” practice.“I find it gives me a greater sense of agency, which is something I think we all need more of right now,” he says. And in his research on the topic leading up to the episode, he’s had the chance to dig into more of the science behind how and why it works. Feeling curious? Enticed? Picture that best-you and let Dr. Keltner explain the rest.

The Science of Happiness: How to Find Your Spark in Life

PRX & Greater Good Science Center

DK: “We often think that becoming our best possible self means having a career we’re passionate about and that gives us meaning in life. Well, that’s just not possible for everyone. And that’s ok! There are other ways to find meaning in life. I love the wisdom shared by expert guest Dr. Shintaro Kono at the end of this episode of The Science of Happiness podcast, starting at about 16:00.”

Ted Lasso Believes in Ghosts

Kalamazoo Growlers

DK: “One of the incredible powers of these practices is that they lead you down a path of believing in the natural gifts you already have, which leads me to my next selection…”

Future Self


DK: “Optimism holds tremendous power to boost our mental well-being, but it doesn’t stop there. It’s a potent benefactor to our physical health, as well.”

Stay Woke (Mini-Medley)

Justin Michael Williams

DK: “Plus, listen to this really cool medley by the multi-talented Justin Michael Williams, who is also a musician.”

Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Keltner is also the host of the Greater Good Science Center’s award-winning podcast, The Science of Happiness as well as their new series, Happiness Break. In each episode, an expert guides you through a happiness practice you can do in real-time and Dr. Keltner shares the science behind it. All in under ten minutes.

In addition, he is the best-selling author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good, a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct, and author of the forthcoming book Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life.