WPP 017: Positive psychology coach Pam Garramone on how to be happier

Research shows that if you take one of your top five strengths and use it in a new way every day for seven days, it’s been shown to lift depression for up to six months.
— Pam Garramone

I’m so happy to bring you my discussion with Pam Garramone. Pam is a positive psychology coach who teaches people how to be happier.

It’s important to note that Pam is not talking about ignoring or minimizing the pain and difficulty of losing a spouse, and being a widowed parent, but rather about some ways to gradually move the needle and to work some happiness into our lives in spite of this.

Pam and I talked about so many interesting topics, including many practical tips for how to be happier — and — how to help our kids be happier. We talked about:

  • What is positive psychology, and how does it relate to ‘regular’ psychology;

  • Some tools of positive psychology that can help us become happier;

  • The VIA character survey, and how to use your signature strengths to lift depression;

  • Fostering a growth mindset in our kids;

  • How helping others helps us to feel better;

  • How social connections can boost happiness; and

  • The benefits to our lives of increasing our happiness.

I hope you enjoy my discussion with Pam Garramone.

Links & resources for this episode

Thrive Now Boston
Penn Positive Psychology Center - Dr. Martin Seligman
The Wholebeing Institute - Tal Ben-Shahar
VIA Character Strengths Survey
Amy Cuddy TED talk - “Your body language may shape who you are”
Greater Good Science Center - UC Berkeley

Books recommended by Pam:
Mindset, by Carol Dweck
Solve for Happy, by Mo Gawdat
Books by Shawn Achor

Connect with Pam:
Instagram - @pamgarramone
Facebook - @pamgarramonespeakerandcoach
Twitter - @pamgarramone
Linked In - /pamgarramone

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