Is the pursuit of happiness making you unhappy?

Are you avoiding the things that make you emotionally uncomfortable?

And how could fear, guilt, or anxiety help you become stronger?

Todd Kashdan is here to explore the upside of your dark side and why the key to success means becoming comfortable with what makes you uncomfortable.

In this interview:

  • It’s time to stop running away from your negative emotions
  • Learning how to deal with discomfort vs avoid it
  • Why depression and anxiety are on the rise
  • How to handle negative emotions


  • Is positive psychology making you fragile?
  • Are you addicted to comfort?
  • Practical advice for becoming more emotionally resilient


  • Taking the negative out of negative emotions
  • Getting out of a negative spiral
  • The shadow side of positive psychology

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About Todd Kashdan


My life is devoted to increasing the amount of well-being in this world. I use cutting edge science to help people function optimally in life and business.

Since receiving my Ph.D. in 2004 in clinical psychology, I have published over 150 peer reviewed journal articles on how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life, strength use and development, stress and anxiety, mindfulness, gratitude, social relationships, and self-regulation. These contributions have been recognized through the receipt of early career awards from the American Psychological Association (2013), International Society for the Quality of Life (2012), and Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2006).

As a central figure in positive psychology, I authored Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (Harper Collins), Designing Positive Psychology (Oxford University Press) to provide cutting edge research on how to achieve a well-lived life, and Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology to offer best practice for those interested in cultivating well-being. In my latest book with Robert Biswas-Diener, The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self – not just your good self – drives success and fulfillment (Hudson Street Press), we offer a potent message driven by the latest science: emotional and social agility trumps positivity.

I regularly give keynotes and workshops to business executives, organizations, schools, parents, and health professionals on these topics and others. What is unique about me is that I am a clinical psychologist, professor, well-being researcher, author, and TEDx speaker, who uses this science to improve the lives of people and the quality of organizations.

My research has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, BBC, CNN, CBS, PBS, and National Public Radio, among others. I’m a twin, have twin 8-year old daughters, with plans to rapidly populate the world with great conversationalists.

Contact me to craft a keynote or workshop that meets your needs. The science is interesting and entertaining but most importantly, my audiences walk away with concrete skills to improve the quality of their lives, organizations, or both.

Click here to learn more about The Upside of Your Dark Side by Todd Kashdan.