From Happiness to Hopefulness with Carol Graham PhD
Original Air Date Wednesday, April 26, 2023
How would you define the American Dream? For some, it means hard work pays off, and for others, it represents a period of time in their lives. Some believe that time has come to a close. What makes different groups perceive things differently?
To find out how culture impacts people’s perception of success and what hope has to do with it, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at Brookings, College Park Professor at the University of Maryland, and a Gallup Senior Scientist, Carol Graham. Carol shares the research that supports her book The Power of Hope: How the Science of Well-Being Can Save Us From Despair. Her findings encompass the hopefulness of minority groups, how the political polarization in the US has led to increased despair, and why money doesn’t increase happiness or hopefulness.
Carol Graham PhD — From Happiness to Hopefulness:
- Why does it seem there is more hopelessness on a local and global level? [2:02]
- Carol explains how different groups view the ‘American Dream’ and how it changes their perception of success. [6:08]
- How having a community of empathy affects the well-being of those who have it versus those who don’t. [10:18]
- Why affluence stifles hopefulness. [14:29]
- Carol describes how the political polarization in the US has affected hopefulness. [17:17]
- The science of well-being shows that hope gives humans agency. [21:36]
Carol Graham PhD is a Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at Brookings, a College Park Professor at the University of Maryland, and a Gallup Senior Scientist. She served on a National Academy of Sciences panel on well-being metrics in 2012-13, received Pioneer Awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2017 and 2021, and a Lifetime Distinguished Scholar award from the International Society of Quality of Life Studies (2018). She has served as a Vice President at Brookings, as Special Advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank, Visiting Fellow at the World Bank, and consultant to the IMF.
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“We are hurting. We've come out of these difficult years and I think there is a lot of repair to be done. Click To Tweet“What does a hopeful person do with failure?” @LisaKamen on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet “Government exists for us and not the other way around.” @LisaKamen on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“People value losses disproportionately to gains.” @cgbrookings on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Minorities continue to believe they can get ahead and continue to invest in education when they can and they haven't gotten caught as much as low-income whites in the political craziness.” @cgbrookings on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“People who are desperate are much more vulnerable to conspiracy theories, misinformation, and radicalization.” @cgbrookings on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“There is a positive bias in the way Latin Americans see the world.” @cgbrookings on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Low-income African Americans are the most optimistic and hopeful by far.” @cgbrookings on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“People make the most perverse decisions to keep up with the Joneses. They buy things they wish they hadn’t bought.” @cgbrookings on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet “Of all the things we measure, hope has the most agentic qualities.” @cgbrookings on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet
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