There is a lot of discussions these days about optimism and how an optimistic mindset can be beneficial to our well-being. But is there a biological foundation for optimism? Are we, as human beings, hard-wired for optimism?
June 24, 2011 In this radio show we talk to Dr. Tali Sharot who has a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from New York University and is a research fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College in London, England. She lives in London and conducts research on optimism, memory, and emotion which has been the subject of features in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, as well as on the BBC. We caught up with Tali this week while she was in New York and we talked to her about her fascinating new book The Optimism Bias: A tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain. Also joining us in the studio was Emmanuel Lopez, also known as motivator man, who is an award-winning Illustrator, Professional Speaker and Movie Blogger. FEATURED in The NEW YORK TIMES, The WASHINGTON POST and The TORONTO STAR. His blog, Movies That Motivate, is known for its motivational tips and inspiring movie examples. Emmanuel helps individuals increase PASSION and build optimistic mindsets through articles in ZOOMER MAGAZINE, EXAMINER.COM and empowering keynotes and seminars.
Profit from the Positive
November 19, 2010 In this broadcast we interview Margaret Greenberg who is President of The Greenberg Group, a consulting firm specializing in coaching executives and their teams who are called upon to lead large-scale organizational change. She is a graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the upcoming book, Profit from the Positive: What Every Business Leader Needs to Know from the New Science of Positive Psychology. She co-authored the book with Senia Maymin of senia.com.
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June 5, 2009 Listen in to our interview with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, commonly known as the genius of Positive Psychology. Dr. Fredrickson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina. Her research centers on positive emotions and human flourishing and she has been recognized with numerous honors, including, the 2000 American Psychological Association’s Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology. Here we discuss Barbara’s new book: Positivity- Ground breaking research reveals how to embrace the hidden strength of positive emotions, overcome negativity and thrive. Her thoughtful and intelligent advice based on her research will surprise you and offer you opportunities to be happier in your own life.
October 17, 2008 There are so many self-help books that offer advice on how to be happy. Have you ever wondered what the latest research tells us about what really works? Tune in on Friday when we will have an opportunity to speak with Robert Biswas-Diener, author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. We will discuss the latest research on happiness, the benefits of being happy and how we can improve happiness at work. We will also explore the main causes of happiness and share the wisdom learned from people around the world.
More about our guest: Robert Biswas-Diener is the Program Director at the Center for Applied Positive Psychology (UK) and part-time lecturer at Portland State University. He is known as the “Indiana Jones of positive psychology” for his research on subjective well-being in remote cultures around the world. The book is co-authored by Ed Diener who is recognized as the world’s foremost authority on the science of happiness.