This Emotional Life

Program: This Emotional Life
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday January 4-6

Explore the topic online at pbs.org/thisemotionallife

This 3-part series represents what television does best. It opens a window into real lives, exploring ways to improve our social relationships, cope with emotional issues, and become more positive, resilient individuals. Hosted by Daniel Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness.

Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Richard Gere.

Episode 1: Monday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m.
The first episode, Family, Friends & Lovers, looks at the importance of relationships and why they are central to our emotional well-being.

Episode 2: Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m.
In the second episode, Facing Our Fears, we look at emotions that are commonly regarded as obstacles to happiness — such as anger, fear, anxiety, and despair.

Episode 3: Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m.

The last episode, Rethinking Happiness, explores happiness. It is so critical to our well-being, and, yet, it remains such an elusive goal for many of us.