The Paradoxical Pursuit of Happiness

October 5, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Merle Griff

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Are Americans obsessed with the pursuit of happiness? Would we know happiness if we found it? Ruth Whippman is a British writer who thinks Americans are caught in a paradox of driving ourselves crazy trying to find happiness. In her book, "America the Anxious," Whippman sets out to investigate how this national obsession infiltrates all aspects of American life and makes us one of the least contented, most anxious countries in the developed world. She will share her take on her visit to a "happiness city" in the Nevada desert that has one of the highest suicide rates in America. Her experiences are gritty and humorous, and may give us some insight as to what exactly we think defines happiness.

Caught Between Generations

Caught Between Generations

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Please note that the time of our show has changed to 12 Noon Pacific Time/3 PM Eastern Time

More than 40 percent of people in their 40s and 50s have at least one living parent, and a child under the age of 21 for whom they are providing care and assistance. Most likely there is also a job, a house to run, groceries to buy and meals to get on the table. How can you cope with the massive demand on your time for love, attention, and decision-making skills?

We know it’s not easy but Caught Between Generations is here to help. We talk all things multi-generational, and provide practical tips you can use right now and in the long term to make your life less stressful.

Our program is a one-stop shop for information and resources for caregivers of multiple generations. If you are caring for children, grandchildren, spouse and/or parents, you do not have the time or the energy to search for all of the information that you need. Caught Between Generations will help you feel more peaceful, more organized and more informed with expert interviews with those in the know.

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Dr. Merle Griff

Dr. Merle Griff

Merle Griff, PhD is an expert on caring for both children and aging parents. She has been an invited speaker at international and national conferences such as the World Congress on Family and Play Therapy. Dr. Griff has written extensively on intergenerational dynamics, including her book LinkAges, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on topics such as The Influence of Grandparents in Family Systems, and developed therapeutic techniques for use with multi-generational families.

Dr. Griff is the founder and CEO of SarahCare Senior Solutions (http://sarahcare.com). SarahCare provides creative solutions for seniors that helps them to remain in their home and with their families. Prior to founding SarahCare, Dr. Griff was a therapist in community mental health centers working with children and their families and extended families.

Dr. Griff is a wife, mother and grandmother. She took her mother into her own home to care for her following a very dense stroke, and is passionate about providing help for others in similar situations.

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Episode Directory

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

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  • 10/19/2017: The Dating Dilemma: Do I Dare to Do It All Again? Listen Now
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