Webinar: Parkinson’s and the Good Life

with Dr. Laurie Santos

This webinar was recorded live on November 2, 2020.

In Spring 2018, Dr. Laurie Santos taught “Psychology and the Good Life” for the first time at Yale. She created this course because she was worried about the levels of student depression, anxiety, and stress she was seeing as a Professor and Head of College. It became the most popular class ever taught at Yale.

During the first half of this webinar, Dr. Laurie Santos discussed what new results in psychological science teach us about:

  • How to be happier
  • How to feel less stressed
  • How to flourish more no matter your situation

During the second half of the webinar, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney helped us unpack what we learned and opened the floor for questions. At the end, we offered some ideas for “rewirement” activities to help you create new happiness habits, boost your mood, and improve your overall well-being.

Your Instructor for the Webinar

Dr. Laurie Santos is Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. She is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices. Her course, “Psychology and the Good Life,” teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. It recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, and has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate, and O! Magazine. A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, Santos was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”

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