To Be Happier, Edit the Stories You Live By

Jun 8, 2015

Since we are the narrators of our lives, we control our perspective in the stories we tell to make sense of the world. Psychology professor Timothy Wilson says in his book Redirect these tales we tell have a powerful reality, determining whether we will lead healthy, productive lives—or get ourselves into trouble. 

In the new paperback edition of his book, Dr. Wilson explains how to "redirect" the stories we tell about ourselves and the world around us. By using subtle prompts, tested on many groups, he learned that this "story editing" approach can make us happier, help us parent better, reduce prejudice, and even close the achievement gap in education.

Dr. Wilson's book Redirect is called "a masterpiece" by Malcolm Gladwell. Wilson is the Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, where he received the All-University Outstanding Teacher Award.

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  • Timothy Wilson – author of Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By


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Lori Mack and Jonathan McNicol contributed to this show, which originally aired April 6, 2015.