Dr. Robert Waldinger: Gaslighting Myths & Truths + Science-Backed Tips For Happiness & Healthy Relationships

Dr. Robert Waldinger: Gaslighting Myths & Truths + Science-Backed Tips For Happiness & Healthy Relationships Dr. Will Cole

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In this episode, I'm joined by physiatrist and Harvard Medical professor, Dr. Robert Waldinger. By examining the most comprehensive studies on happiness, Waldinger shows us just how much meaningful relationships can transform your mental and physical health. From learning how to cultivate healthy connections by discerning toxic relationships to understanding true gaslighting, we can begin to elevate our happiness based on our individual social threshold - regardless if you are an introvert or an extrovert!

Robert Waldinger is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital, and cofounder of the Lifespan Research Foundation. Dr. Waldinger received his AB from Harvard College and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and he directs a psychotherapy teaching program for Harvard psychiatry residents. He is also a Zen master (Roshi) and teaches meditation in New England and around the world. Robert is the co-author of the book The Good Life: Lessons From the World’s Longest Scientific Study on Happiness (Simon and Schuster; January 10, 2023).

A few of my favorite things we cover this episode:

  • What things you can do to be happier.
  • How to cultivate healthy supportive relationships.
  • What is gaslighting, and how to differentiate it from just having difficult conversations.

Links to things we talked about in this episode:

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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum and the brand new book Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel.