Emotional Triage: How to Stay Mentally Healthy, Strong, and Balanced Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic with Professor Catherine A. Sanderson

 

Original Air Date Wednesday, April 1, 2020 

For the entire human population, life has changed dramatically in just a short period. The COVID-19 pandemic has closed schools, separated communities, and put people we care about at risk. And at the same time, the 2020 World Happiness Report lists Finland as the happiest country in the world. During this podcast episode, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen is joined by Professor Catherine A. Sanderson to discuss how adversity can be an underlying factor in a person’s happiness, unexpected silver linings as a result of the current pandemic, and creative ways to apply positive psychology during the crisis.
 

 
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Catherine A. Sanderson — Seeing the Silver Lining:
 

     ● What do the leading countries on the World Happiness Report have in common? [2:36]

     ● There is little we can control about the COVID-19 virus so why is it bringing us closer together? [5:13]

     ● Positive psychology interventions we can apply during this crisis. [14:28]

     ● Fear of scarcity, the financial impact of the coronavirus, and the opportunity for creative ventures. [29:40]

     ● Silver linings that are a direct result of the pandemic. [36:50]

     ●Is the US dropping positions on the World Happiness Report because we don’t value happiness? [42:13]

Professor Catherine A. Sanderson is the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College. Her book, The Positive Shift, examines how mindset influences happiness, health, and even how long we live. Catherine’s latest book, Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels, examines why good people so often stay silent or do nothing in the face of wrongdoing. She also writes a blog for Psychology Today — Norms Matter — that examines the power of social influence on virtually all aspects of our lives.

Books: The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity & Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels  

 

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