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    • Mental health improvement for youth and coping with emotionsCalifornia trains wellness coaches to help youth improve mental health. Emotions are natural, but learning to cope effectively is crucial.

      Mental health is a significant issue for nearly half of our youth, but California is taking action by training certified wellness coaches to help young people improve their mental health and well-being. Meanwhile, Apple Card offers cashback rewards that can make everyday purchases more affordable. On a personal note, while traveling and staying in Airbnbs, it's essential to consider the potential earning opportunity of renting out your home when you're away. Emotions, both positive and negative, are a natural part of life, and it's crucial to learn how to cope with them effectively. Our minds may not always lead us to true happiness, but understanding the science of the mind can help us make better choices. Big Bird, a beloved Sesame Street character, shared his own struggles with negative emotions during a visit to the Happiness Lab. Despite feeling excited about the opportunity to roller skate around Sesame Street, he experienced a sudden change in mood. This episode served as a reminder that even the happiest among us can encounter difficult emotions and that it's essential to learn healthy ways to cope with them.

    • Understanding and coping with difficult emotionsEmbrace emotions as natural signals, seek support, and practice healthy coping mechanisms to navigate difficult times and promote growth and resilience.

      It's normal to experience difficult emotions like disappointment, and it's important to acknowledge and understand these feelings rather than trying to suppress them. As Dr. Joy Harden Bradford explains, emotions are a natural part of being human and serve as valuable signals that something may be off balance in our lives. Instead of trying to make the rain stop or wish away our feelings, we can focus on finding ways to cope and move forward. Practical strategies like seeking support from loved ones and learning healthy ways to manage emotions can help us navigate difficult times and ultimately lead to growth and resilience.

    • Teaching emotional self-regulation is crucial for children and adultsRecognize emotional signals as unmet needs, build a workforce of certified wellness coaches to help children develop vital skills for improved mental health

      Teaching emotional self-regulation, or the ability to manage big feelings, is as crucial as learning the ABCs and basic math for both children and adults. Emotions are a natural part of life, and struggling to manage them can lead to negative consequences such as poor relationships, academic performance, and even emotional disorders later in life. Children, like adults, need strategies to navigate difficult emotions. For parents, recognizing that big emotions like anger and irritability are signals of unmet needs can help identify underlying issues. Remember, the dark clouds of emotions often clear up quickly, revealing something sunnier. California is addressing the mental health challenges facing young people by building a workforce of certified wellness coaches to help them develop vital skills for improved mental health and well-being.

    • Supporting children's emotional development and personal financesCertified wellness coaches help kids manage emotions, while Airbnb hosting and Apple Card rewards support personal finance.

      Certified wellness coaches will play a crucial role in supporting children and youth by providing preventative and early intervention behavioral health services. Meanwhile, the Apple Card offers cashback rewards on various purchases. For travelers, considering becoming an Airbnb host can be a great way to earn extra income. When it comes to helping children manage their emotions, adults can act as coaches by acknowledging their feelings and expanding their emotional vocabulary. Big Bird from Sesame Street illustrates the importance of validating children's emotions and providing them with the words to express their feelings. By focusing on these areas, we can make a positive impact on both children's emotional development and our personal finances.

    • Create an emotional coping kit for kidsModel emotional coping strategies and prepare a kit with items like a stress ball, favorite scents, puzzles, and cold therapy for emotional storms.

      Parents can effectively help their children manage big emotions not through words, but through modeling behaviors and having a toolbox of strategies for their own emotions. Just like having rain gear for physical storms, having psychological tools can help adults and children navigate emotional storms. Therapist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford suggests creating an emotional coping kit with items like a stress ball, favorite scents, puzzles, and even cold therapy. Practicing these strategies beforehand is crucial, as emotional management comes down to advanced preparation. Dr. Joy's personal favorite hack is exercise, which helps ground and stabilize emotions. By modeling these strategies, adults can serve as effective role models for their children.

    • Managing big emotions: Self-care and connectionDeep breaths and self-care practices like dancing can calm the body, while sharing emotions with others reduces feelings of isolation and shame.

      Managing big emotions involves a combination of self-care practices and connecting with others. When feeling overwhelmed, simple activities like dancing or using a hula hoop can help, but deep belly breaths are also effective in calming the body and activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Remember, we can't always control when our stress response is triggered, but we can control how we respond. Additionally, sharing our emotions with others can make them feel less heavy and help reduce feelings of isolation and shame. Emotional regulation is a process that involves both self-care and seeking support from others. So next time you're feeling big emotions, try incorporating deep breaths and reaching out to a trusted friend or loved one.

    • Resources for Youth Mental Health and Adult OpportunitiesCertified wellness coaches can support youth mental health, California trains new coaches, Airbnb offers income opportunity, Express Employment Professionals assists job search, Dr. Chullio's 'glitter jar' technique aids emotional challenges

      Mental health challenges among youth are on the rise, and certified wellness coaches can make a difference in their lives. California is training a new workforce of these coaches to offer preventative and early intervention behavioral health services. Meanwhile, for adults, hosting on Airbnb can be a lucrative opportunity to earn extra income. And for those seeking employment, Express Employment Professionals can help with the job search for free. For young people dealing with disappointment or difficult emotions, the "glitter jar" technique suggested by Dr. Rosemarie Chullio from Sesame Workshop can help. Overall, there are resources and solutions available to address various life challenges, whether related to mental health, financial needs, or career goals.

    • Calming Activities for Emotional RegulationUsing simple activities like making a glitter jar or playing the 54321 game can help regulate emotions by calming the body and focusing attention, promoting emotional well-being.

      Using simple and sensory activities, like making and shaking a glitter jar or playing the 54321 game, can help children (and adults) regulate their emotions by calming their bodies and focusing their attention. The glitter jar, filled with water, glue, and glitter, serves as a visual representation of the swirling emotions inside, allowing for a moment of pause and reflection. The 54321 game, which involves listing things one can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste, helps shift focus from overwhelming emotions to engaging the senses. Both activities can be used as effective tools for managing big feelings and promoting emotional well-being.

    • Exploring the power of our senses to shift focus and improve moodEngaging our senses through imaginative experiences or practical strategies can help lift mood and manage challenging emotions

      Engaging our senses can help shift our focus and improve our mood. Big Bird and I explored this concept by imagining being in Hooper's store and experiencing the sights, smells, and taste of a strawberry birdseed smoothie. This sensory exploration brought joy and excitement, helping to lift Big Bird's emotional weather. Similarly, when we're faced with big feelings, using strategies like deep breathing, movement, or positive self-talk can help us prepare and respond effectively. In the next episode of The Happiness Lab podcast, we'll dive deeper into the benefits of positive self-talk with Grover, everyone's favorite cuddly blue monster. Stay tuned! This discussion emphasizes the importance of utilizing our senses to change our focus and improve our mood. By engaging in sensory experiences, like Big Bird's imaginative trip to Hooper's store, we can experience joy and excitement. Additionally, when dealing with challenging emotions, employing strategies such as deep breathing, movement, or positive self-talk can help us better manage and respond to our feelings. In the upcoming episode of The Happiness Lab, we'll explore the power of positive self-talk with Grover.

    • Investing in mental health and wellness for youthCalifornia trains wellness coaches to support children, San Diego offers rejuvenation, AI-tools like Canva Presentations boost productivity

      Investing in mental health and wellness, especially for our youth, is crucial for overall happiness. California is leading the way by training certified wellness coaches to support children and youth in developing essential skills for improved mental health. Meanwhile, a trip to San Diego can provide a rejuvenating experience, contributing to both physical and mental well-being. Additionally, using AI-powered tools like Canva Presentations can help professionals create engaging work decks, enhancing productivity and effectiveness. By focusing on these areas, we can collectively make a difference in people's lives and promote overall happiness. To learn more about California's wellness coach program, visit cawellnesscoach.org. For more information on San Diego as a restorative destination, go to sandiego.org. Discover Canva Presentations at canva.com to supercharge your work presentations.

    Recent Episodes from The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

    Why Don't We Have a 15-hour Work Week?

    Why Don't We Have a 15-hour Work Week?

    By 2030 we'll only work 15 hours a week, predicted the legendary economist John Maynard Keynes back in 1930. He thought advances in technology and wealth would let us earn enough money to live in a day or two - leaving the rest of the week for leisure and community service. 

    How wrong he was. We seem to be working more than ever - with technology adding extra tasks to our workdays (like answering emails and monitoring Slack). Dr Laurie longs for more leisure time, but how can she tame her fear of being "unproductive"? 

    Computer scientist Cal Newport explains how we all got into this mess - and why we still treat modern employees as if they were farm laborers or assembly line workers. Reformed "productivity junkie" Oliver Burkeman also offers tips on how to concentrate our minds on fulfilling and important work - and not little tasks that chew up so much of our days. 

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    Does the You of Today Hate the You of Tomorrow?

    Does the You of Today Hate the You of Tomorrow?

    We often do things now that will make our lives more difficult or stressful in the future. We spend money, when we should save. We eat junk food, when we should exercise. We agree to commitments, when we should protect our free time. We act so thoughtlessly that it's almost like we hate our future selves. 

    Dr Laurie asks UCLA's Hal Hershfield to help her find the happiness balance between listening to what she wants now, and the preferences she might have in the future. And she steps into an AI time machine to get some happiness advice for herself decades from today. 

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    The Power of Awe... and Where to Find it

    The Power of Awe... and Where to Find it

    Awe reduces stress, helps us forget our minor worries and makes us feel more connected to the people around us. We all need more awe in our lives - but surely it's not that easy to find awesome experiences on your average Tuesday?

    Actor Tony Hale explains how everyday awe helps ease his anxieties, while UC Berkeley's Dacher Keltner shows us how to find awe in music, art, scenery... even in a walk around our block. And Dr Laurie explores the things that give her a sense of awe with the help of Mike Menzel - who built a space telescope that lets us see billions of years into the past.  

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    How to Tame Stress

    How to Tame Stress

    Dr Laurie is stressed, and it's harming her health. Constant worry and stress is bad for our bodies and our minds, but how can we break the cycle and relax? It turns out scientists have learned a lot from one of America's most stressed-out communities - caregivers.  

    Hollywood star Steve Guttenberg talks about the toughest chapter of his life - caring for his dying dad - and Dr Elissa Epel explains why some caregivers suffer badly from stress, while others seem to find ways to live with the awful situation they find themselves in daily.  

    Further reading:

    Steve Guttenberg - Time to Thank: Caregiving for My Hero.

    Dr Elissa Epel - The Stress Prescription: Seven Days to More Joy and Ease

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    How I Stopped Fearing Boredom

    How I Stopped Fearing Boredom

    Dr Laurie HATES boredom! Since childhood she's found it so painful that she'll do anything to avoid being bored. She'll watch crappy TV. She'll find extra work to do. She'll snack. But boredom is actually an incredibly useful tool to boost our happiness and creativity.  

    With the help of leading boredom experts, Dr Laurie learns how to embrace doing nothing and finds that in the midst of tedium our brains can come up with the most amazing breakthrough ideas. 

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    How to Fight Perfectionism

    How to Fight Perfectionism

    Holding yourself to impossibly high standards is self-defeating and makes for a miserable life. Can Dr Laurie Santos find ways to tackle her constant perfectionism so she can perform better and have more fun? 

    She hears from researcher Thomas Curran about a worrying growth in perfectionism in society, and asks "recovering perfectionist" Jordana Confino how to tackle the nagging voice in your head telling you to always push yourself and work harder.  

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    My Personal Struggle to be Happy (Coming June 3)

    My Personal Struggle to be Happy (Coming June 3)

    Sometimes the happiness teacher flunks her own class. In a deeply personal new season, Dr Laurie Santos opens up about the things she really, really struggles with. Things like crippling perfectionism, chronic stress and a paralyzing fear of death. 

    With the help of world-class experts, a Hollywood star and a host of normal people who grapple with the same issues, Dr Laurie will face up to her own happiness demons and try to defeat them. 

    Coming June 3, wherever you get your podcasts. 

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    Happiness Through Generosity : Liz Dunn on The TED Interview

    Happiness Through Generosity : Liz Dunn on The TED Interview

    Liz Dunn is a regular guest on The Happiness Lab, but in this extended interview with TED's Chris Anderson she take us on a deep dive into her research. It shows that by increasing our generosity and by giving to others we can significantly boost our own happiness. 

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    Unlock Your Hidden Potential with Adam Grant and Maya Shankar

    Unlock Your Hidden Potential with Adam Grant and Maya Shankar

    A chance to hear a recent episode of A Slight Change of Plans in which Maya Shankar asks psychologist Adam Grant about his new book "Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things". They talk about how to filter out unhelpful feedback, the benefits of imperfectionism, and why we need to give soft skills more respect. 

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    Five Tips to be Happier at Work (Dr Laurie at SXSW)

    Five Tips to be Happier at Work (Dr Laurie at SXSW)

    Work is a worry. Are we paid enough? Should we be getting promoted quicker? Is artificial intelligence about to replace us all? 

    Speaking at SXSW 2024, Dr Laurie Santos argues that because of all our career woes we often neglect our happiness. She walks through her top five tips for improving our workplace wellbeing - which will not only make us feel better, but might even cause our salaries to rise!  

    Suggested reading from this episode:

    Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN by Tara Brach

    Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout by Cal Newport

    Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff

    The Truth About Burnout: How Organizations Cause Personal Stress and What to Do About It by Christina Maslach

    The Business of Friendship by Shasta Nelson

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    How to Adopt a Growth Mindset

    How to Adopt a Growth Mindset

    If we decide that we can't get better at things, or that our ideas and personality traits are fixed... then we hinder our ability to change and improve in enjoyable and fulfilling ways. But by challenging ourselves to be more hopeful about our prospects for improvement we can see profound changes in our lives.

    David Yeager, a psychology professor at UT-Austin, explains how we fall into limiting fixed mindsets, and how easy it is to start adopting a "growth" mindset that will allow us to flourish.

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    EP85 | 共鳴 Resonate

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    Practical Approaches Towards Elimination of the Top 5 Neglected Tropical Diseases

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    The 5 most common neglected tropical diseases affect over 1.5 billion people, including more than 1 billion children. Medical missionaries working in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia will certainly come in contact with most of these diseases on a daily basis. It is time for us to do more than just treat them. Mass drug adminstration programs were developed to help control and eradicate these diseases. This lecture will discuss how we can be a part of the solution.

    #766 - Jonathan Haidt - The Hidden Dangers Of Social Media On Mental Health

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