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February 20, 2024

Ask Lisa Podcast - Episode 158

Practical Optimism with Dr. Sue Varma

Episode 158

Can we boost our sense of happiness and overall well-being? Why do some individuals not only survive – but thrive – in the face of life’s challenges? Dr. Sue Varma, a psychiatrist and cognitive behavioral therapist joins us on the publication day of her new book, Practical Optimism: The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being to answer these questions and more. The conversation explores Dr. Varma’s 4 Ms of mental health – mood, mastery, meaning, and mindset – and addresses what Dr. Varma learned from 9/11 survivors about how to be resilient, even in the wake of trauma. Before the episode ends, Dr. Varma details the daily habits that lead to lasting, positive change in our sense of well-being.

February 20, 2024 | 38 min

The advice provided here by Dr. Damour and the resources shared by her AI-powered librarian, Rosalie, will not and do not constitute - or serve as a substitute for - professional psychological treatment, therapy, or other types of professional advice or intervention. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being, consult a physician or mental health professional.