PBS’ new series “This Emotional Life” features Stanford Center on Longevity director

Dr. Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, will be featured on "This Emotional Life," a new series on PBS at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. Central) this Wednesday, Jan. 6.

The series premieres this week. Rethinking Happiness, the third episode, airs Wednesday and explores "the sometimes misguided pursuit of happiness itself." It includes Dr. Carstensen, who is professor of psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. professor in public policy at Stanford, and Betty Schneider, a study participant.

The programs explore the nature of the social relationships that are key to human happiness, the obstacles to happiness -- negative emotions -- which we can't live with and can't live without, and the sometimes misguided pursuit of happiness itself. Each episode weaves together compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest research in psychology, along with revealing comments from celebrities such as Chevy Chase, Larry David, Elizabeth Gilbert, Alanis Morissette, Katie Couric and Richard Gere.

The entire series will be available after the broadcast at http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife

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