Interview with : Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, and bestselling a
Updated on: 24 Dec 2015
The course of our lives and careers sometimes follows a steady, direct path, but much more often, it doesn't – it's heavily impacted by a word, a conversation, an event, or a stunning thought that changes our minds forever.
Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is now partnered with Arianna Huffington to studyhow transformative stories fuel success. She is an Executive Producer of "The Happiness Advantage" Special on PBS and a featured professor inOprah's Happiness course. Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review. (Here's Michelle sharing abouthow to instantly become more influentialin life and work.)
Michelle explains how one conversation with an inspiring role model,Elizabeth Lesser, changed the course of her life.
Kathy Caprino:Tell us about your most powerful mentoring experience relationship – what specifically did you want mentoring for?
Michelle Gielan: From the outside, it looked like I was on top of the world. I had a big job as a national news anchor at CBS News, was living in my dream city New York, and had full access to newsmakers and celebrities. Yet in the wake of the recession, under the weight of reporting on the constant stream of depressing stories of people losing their jobs, homes and savings, I searched for a better way to tell stories that didn't leave viewers feeling helpless and hopeless. I wanted to better understand how to face life's big challenges with an empowered spirit, and how to empower others to see that happiness is a choice even during our darkest days.