Happiness experts have long told us to tune out our negative emotions and focus instead on mindfulness, positivity, and optimism. However, our guest this week disagrees. Instead he says positive emotions alone are not enough. Anger makes us creative, selfishness makes us brave, and guilt is a powerful motivator. The real key to success lies in emotional agility. Join us as we discuss happiness, fulfillment, emotions, the brain, and everything in between. Our guest this week is Todd Kashdan. Todd has a PhD in clinical psychology, is a professors at George Mason University, and is the author of the brand new book, The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self – Not Just Your “Good” Self – Drives Success and Fulfillment.
Todd has published over 150 peer reviewed journal articles on how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life, strength use and development, stress and anxiety, mindfulness, gratitude, social relationships, and self-regulation. These contributions have been recognized through the receipt of early career awards from the American Psychological Association (2013), International Society for the Quality of Life (2012), and Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2006). Todd also authored, Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life.
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