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103. Sympathetic Joy & Emotional Contagion (Bonus Replay for Our Depression and Anxiety Coping Skills Podcourse)

In this episode of the Joy Lab podcast, hosts Dr. Henry Emmons and Dr. Aimee Prasek delve into the concept of sympathetic joy, a concept that encourages joy in others' well-being. That alone is a powerful tool to help combat feelings of isolation and build a more interconnected, joyful life. Aimee will also explain some of the science of emotional contagion, exploring how our emotions and physiological states are unconsciously influenced by those around us. And of course, Henry and Aimee will talk about the obstacles to sympathetic joy, like the fallacy of fairness and scarcity. With some science, personal anecdotes, and even some poetry, this episode will help you gain an understanding of the transformative potential of sympathetic joy.


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  • Naomi Shihab Nye: Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems
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Key Moments:

00:28 Revisiting the Concept of Sympathetic Joy
01:06 Understanding the Elements of Joy
01:25 Exploring the Buddhist Concept of Sympathetic Joy
01:52 The Role of Sympathetic Joy in Buddhist Psychology
04:14 The Connection Between Sympathetic Joy and Gratitude
04:48 Obstacles to Sympathetic Joy
07:10 The Power of Emotional Contagion
07:55 Understanding Emotional Contagion through Research
10:53 The Impact of Emotional Contagion on Our Lives
11:40 The Difficulty of Practicing Sympathetic Joy
15:09 Cognitive Roadblocks to Sympathetic Joy
19:38 The Shared World: A Vision of Sympathetic Joy


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