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
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