Coping Amid the Crisis: With Guest Laurie Santos

April 6, 2020
What can behavioral science teach us about managing the emotional toll of the coronavirus pandemic?

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Schwab has resources to help you make sense of the pandemic's impact on your finances.

  • Visit schwab.com/volatility to find the latest market commentary and analysis from Schwab experts, as well as FAQs and strategies for long-term investors and people nearing or in retirement.

An unprecedented global health crisis has overwhelmed healthcare systems, disrupted economies and financial markets, and radically altered our daily lives. And while social distancing is the responsible thing to do to slow the spread of disease, it also heightens the emotional challenges we face during these scary and uncertain times.

In this special bonus episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we look to the science of happiness to see how we might mitigate the adverse impacts to our mental health and well-being—and maybe even cultivate good new habits that can help us when the crisis is over.

In 2018, psychologist Laurie Santos introduced a new course at Yale—its subject, happiness—which quickly became the storied university's most popular class ever. Katy interviews Laurie to find out what insights from the course apply to our current situation and to solicit advice on happiness-improvement steps we can be taking now.

Laurie Santos is a professor of psychology and head of Silliman College at Yale University. A version of her "happiness class"—The Science of Well-Being—is now available online for free through Coursera. Laurie also hosts the hit podcast The Happiness Lab

Choiceology is an original podcast from Charles Schwab.

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