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The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

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Season 4

When Guilt Is Good... and When It's Not
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If you’ve done something wrong, feelings of guilt can prompt us to apologize, make amends and change our ways. But many of us also feel guilty with little cause. We may think we’re bad parents, lazy or incompetent workers, or unreliable partners - all without much evidence that we’ve done anything wrong.

Life coach Valorie Burton (author of Let Go Of The Guilt: Stop Beating Yourself Up And Take Back Your Joy) felt guilty for combining her career with raising a family - until she started examining the values and assumptions that underpinned these draining feelings. She shares the strategies she developed to separate “true” guilt from “false” guilt with Dr. Laurie Santos.