EPISODE 338: Broadcasting Happiness

Positive thinking is great, but how do you handle situations when your spouse is in a funk or your boss is negative every second of work? Although we wake up with all the best intentions, many of us get hit with the Fox News or CNN onslaught of doom and gloom before we even leave the house, and this influence shapes our reality for the remainder of the day.

Our guest this week was neck-deep in news broadcasting for years, but now she dedicates her research and work life to broadcasting happiness—literally.

Listen & Learn:

  • How to separate the signal from the noise in news media
  • Why just three minutes of negative news can ruin your day
  • Why happiness equals the joy we feel growing toward our potential
  • How to start a conversation with a positive ‘top story’
  • Why compassion is a great combatant to negativity
  • How you can indeed change people


Michelle Gielan is a CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher and bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness. Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, she has now partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success.

She is an executive producer of the PBS special ‘The Happiness Advantage’ and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course—an inspiring, practical, two-part course based on the science of positive psychology for which she partnered with her husband, Shawn Achor, to create.

Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.

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