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Overcoming Adversity: The Role of Pain in Happiness with Dr. Brock Bastian – Ep. 28

29 May 2024

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Episode Summary:

In this enlightening episode of Resilience Agenda Radio as we sit down with Dr. Brock Bastian, a leading psychologist and author of "The Other Side of Happiness." Dr. Bastian shares his groundbreaking research on the intricate relationship between pain, happiness, and meaning in our lives.

Discover how embracing discomfort and adversity can lead to profound personal growth and fulfillment. Learn why resilience isn't just a trait but a skill we can develop through life's challenging experiences. Dr. Bastian delves into the concept of emotional resilience in the workplace, the impact of leadership on employee mental health, and practical strategies for finding meaning in difficult situations.

In this episode, we also explore the misconceptions about happiness and how our pursuit of constant positivity can sometimes lead us astray. Dr. Bastian provides valuable insights on how to reframe our understanding of pain and use it as a catalyst for a more meaningful and fulfilling life.


What You Will Learn:

  •  The true nature of resilience and how to cultivate it
  • The role of pain and discomfort in personal growth and happiness

  • How to find meaning in adversity and transform challenges into opportunities

  • Strategies for improving mental health and resilience in the workplace

  • Practical tips for managing anxiety and emotional discomfort


About Dr. Brock Bastian:


Dr. Brock Bastian is a prominent psychologist and researcher specializing in the fields of happiness, pain, and the human experience. He serves as a Professor at the University of Melbourne, where his groundbreaking work explores the complex interplay between discomfort, adversity, and personal growth. Dr. Bastian's research challenges conventional wisdom, offering profound insights into how embracing life's challenges can lead to deeper fulfillment and resilience.


Dr. Bastian is the author of the acclaimed book, "The Other Side of Happiness," which delves into the idea that experiencing pain and adversity is essential for achieving a meaningful and balanced life. His work emphasizes that resilience is not an innate trait but a skill that can be developed through life's trials and tribulations.


In addition to his academic and writing pursuits, Dr. Bastian is actively involved in consulting through Psychological Safety Australia, where he applies his expertise to help organizations foster better mental health and resilience among employees. His innovative approaches to understanding and improving mental health in the workplace have made significant impacts in both academic and corporate settings.


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