This week we talk to Michelle Gielan
Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness.
Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success. She is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.
Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.
In This Interview, Michelle Gielan and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable
- Her new book, Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change
- The role that watching the news has in causing us to feel depressed
- How three minutes of negative news can lead to a 27% lower mood all day long
- How believing we are helpless can be one of the leading causes of depression
- The importance of believing that our behavior matters
- The three greatest predictors of success
- Stress isn’t necessarily bad, it’s the perception that matters
- Feeding the good wolf in others
- The myth that we can’t change other people
- Is this positive thinking?
- Focusing on the good
- The power lead
- Dealing with negative people
- Is the world becoming a better place?
- Can we choose to be happy?
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.