Embrace Authenticity: How to Break Free from the Tyranny of Positivity | Heleo

Susan David is the author of Emotional Agility, a leading psychologist at Harvard Medical School, and the co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital. She recently joined Maria Shriver—award-winning journalist, bestselling author of six books, and former First Lady of California—for a conversation on why relentless positivity doesn’t lead to happiness, and how being emotionally honest can help us connect with our values and gain resilience.This conversation has been edited and condensed. Maria: You are a counter voice to so many people telling us, “Be positive, be happy, have a great mood, and everything will be fine.”Susan: From a very young age, I became interested in this central question: what does it take internally in the way we deal with our thoughts, emotions, and stories, to help us thrive in the world? I’m a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. The broader research [shows] that this incessant focus on “just be positive” actually undermines our resilience.

Source: Embrace Authenticity: How to Break Free from the Tyranny of Positivity | Heleo

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