The Science of Happiness: Strategies for Life Satisfaction with Dr. Catherine Sanderson, Ph.D. & Dr. Jennifer Guttman

Original Air Date Wednesday, Dec 18th, 2019

Is it possible to create sustainable life satisfaction or to maintain true happiness by shifting our mindsets? The placebo effect offers a unique perspective on this phenomenon. People who believe they are taking a cure oftentimes feel better even if the treatment is fallacious. If our physical health is subject to our thoughts then why not use our minds to elevate our mental, emotional, and spiritual health as well? Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two doctors who are living testaments to the powers of positive persuasion. CatherineSanderson shares the impact happiness can have on relationships, life satisfaction, and longevity. And, Jennifer Guttman describes her personal journey and the six components that led to her long-term contentment.

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Catherine Sanderson Ph.D. — Shifting Mindset Toward Happiness:
  • Dr. Sanderson describes what makes her book, The Positive Shift different from other positive psychology books. [1:32]
  • The science of happiness looks at how thoughts can change outcomes, including our lifespan. [3:52]
  • How social media can make us feel connected and disconnected, and hurt our happiness. [13:28]
  • Why happiness increases as we age. [15:08]
  • Why shared experiences, gratitude and serving others are the best ways to maintain true happiness. [17:16]


Catherine A. Sanderson is the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences at Amherst College. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a specialization in Health and Development, from Stanford University, and both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Her latest trade book, The Positive Shift, was released in January of 2019. In 2012, she was named one of the country’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.


Book: The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity

@CSanderson1217 on Twitter
Sanderson Speaking on Facebook

Dr. Jennifer Guttman — Preserving Your Authentic Self:
  • Why Dr. Guttman created her life’s work about satisfaction and contentment, not happiness. [25:27]
  • The life experience that led Dr. Guttman to create The Six Components of Sustainable Life Satisfaction. [29:31]
  • A building block of satisfaction is preserving authenticity through transparency, vulnerability, and owning decisions. [38:11]

Dr. Jennifer Guttman is a leading Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health. She has built thriving practices in Manhattan, NY and Westport, CT that provide weekly services for over 120 clients. Last year, Dr. Guttman launched her new lifestyle motivational brand platform, Sustainable Life Satisfaction, via her popular YouTube six-episode web series, “A Path to Sustainable Life Satisfaction.”



Book: A Path to Sustainable Life Satisfaction Workbook

Guttman Psychology Website
Jennifer Guttman Psychologist on Facebook

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