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What are you looking forward to? If you can’t easily answer, research says you should plan things to look forward to because positive anticipation of events can make you happier and less stressed. Jordan Friedman talks with psychology professor...


What are you looking forward to? If you can’t easily answer, research says you should plan things to look forward to because positive anticipation of events can make you happier and less stressed. Jordan Friedman talks with psychology professor Christian Wough about this powerful mood lifter and how to make the most of it.  After the conversation, we’ve got something new for you to look forward to every day.

About Guest Christian Waugh, PhD

Dr. Christian Waugh is a Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University. He received his PhD in Social Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Michigan where he worked on the role of positive emotions in social cognition and resilience. After receiving his PhD, he did a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University where he investigated the neurobiology of stress and the temporal dynamics of emotions in at-risk populations. Currently, Dr. Waugh investigates the contextual utility of positive emotions during stress and the temporal dynamics of emotions. He has expertise in survey, experimental, peripheral psychophysiological, and neuroimaging methods. He has published several articles in prominent journals in psychology and neuroscience and has received several grants. He has also received faculty fellowship awards for being an outstanding teacher-scholar. He has given invited presentations all over the world and his work has been featured in both print and on television.

 

More About Christian Waugh and His Work:

https://psychology.wfu.edu/about-the-department/faculty-and-staff/christian-waugh/

New York Times Article: To Enjoy Life More, Embrace Anticipation

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/well/mind/anticipation-happiness.html

 

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About Host Jordan Friedman

Jordan is known as The Stress Coach, a career path that likely started when one of the world’s largest brain tumors was discovered in his head at age 10. The resulting, nonstop stress continued through college until he reluctantly enrolled in a stress management class that led to much less stress, a degree in public health, a job as Columbia University’s health education director and now a career as a global stress management speaker, trainer and author. For 25 years, Jordan's been privileged to help and learn from 9/11 survivors, teachers, CEOs, police officers, incarcerated adults, students and lots of other stressed people who want to be more successful, get better grades, sleep easier and be healthier.

In 2004, Jordan founded The Stress Coach to provide innovative workshops, multimedia webinars, chill apps, online courses and more stress-relief opportunities. The Chill Factory podcast is Jordan's latest effort to bring stress relief and better health to the world.