HAPPINESS

Chronologically Gifted: Summary on Happiness and Resilience

Jan 18, 2018
Ann Diver-Stamnes and Michael Dronkers

Are we too focused on personal happiness in the U.S.?  What actually makes us happy?  Could we learn from what people value at the end of their lives to find a path to happiness throughout our lives:  love others and be grateful for their love, and do work that is meaningful?  How does understanding resilience help us to achieve a greater sense of contentment in our lives?  Chronologically Gifted hosts explore these questions and more in their summary show on the topic of happiness.  


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What are three steps to hardwiring happiness in the brain?  First, "notice the good facts" as they are happening.  Second, "feel something."  Third, "take the experience into yourself."  Dr. Rick Hanson provides insights into how to go well beyond mindfulness in part two of his interview on Chronologically Gifted.  Rick is a co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and the author of the New York Times bestseller Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.  


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Dr. Rick Hanson wrote, "...to help our ancestors survive, the brain evolved a negativity bias that makes it like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones."   Rick is a co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and the author of the New York Times bestseller Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.  

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Two things surface as being of paramount importance for people at the end of their lives:  "people they love and who loved them - and the memories of that - and work they were proud of, work that made a difference, work that was contributory."  On Chronologically Gifted this week, Dr. Charles Garfield continues the conversation on happiness, focusing on the deep level meaning of what makes us happy throughout our lives.  It may not be what we imagined. 

Charlie is the founder of Shanti, a widely acclaimed volunteer organization that focuses on increasing quality of life for people with life-threatening illnesses, an author, and Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.  Charlie's latest book is entitled Life's Last Gift:  Giving and Receiving Peace When A Loved One Is Dying


How do we live a happy life in this digital age?  Dr. Sophie Janicke advises that we "approach our use of technology in a much more aware and meaningful way."  Sophie is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Chapman University.  She is described on her website Rewire Happiness as “a positive media psychologist who investigates the role that new and traditional media play in promoting and affecting character development, self-transcendent emotions, prosocial behavior, and well-being (aka happiness).”  


Chronologically Gifted: Charles Garfield on Happiness

Dec 7, 2017
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"It is much more likely that we will be happy if we fulfill our deepest needs, our needs that originate from the heart."  Dr. Charles Garfield joins Chronologically Gifted for a two part interview in which he offers his perspective on the pursuit of happiness in our society.  He is the founder of Shanti, a widely acclaimed volunteer organization that focuses on increasing quality of life for people with life-threatening illnesses.  He is also an author, Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco, and a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.   


How do we live a happy life in this digital age?  Dr. Sophie Janicke advises that we "approach our use of technology in a much more aware and meaningful way."  Sophie is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Chapman University.  She is described on her website Rewire Happiness as “a positive media psychologist who investigates the role that new and traditional media play in promoting and affecting character development, self-transcendent emotions, prosocial behavior, and well-being (aka happiness).”