Building Bridges

The three main keys to happiness are: our social connections, how to handle negative emotions, and finding our own sources of happiness and resilience.

That seems to be the premise of  a three-part series This Emotional Life televised at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) channel earlier this week.  Hosted by Harvard psychologist and author Professor Daniel Gilbert, it features talks with experts on these issues as well as personal stories from ordinary people and thoughts from celebrities.

The gist of the first episode is that one main component of our happiness is the success of our social relationships especially in relation to family, friends and our romantic partnerships. In the segment about friends, it is interesting to hear actor/comedian Chevy Chase raises the question of how many friends he has. He says: “Three. I don’t have a lot of friends.”

One would think that with his fame and success…

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