As millions of Americans struggle to find more meaning in their lives, Vulcan Productions and NOVA/WGBH have brought together a number of national, public, and private organizations around a nationwide, multi-faceted project sparked by the PBS series, This Emotional Life. The two-year campaign aims to bring help and hope to millions trying to improve their lives.
This Emotional Life is hosted by Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness, Professor Daniel Gilbert, and is a co-production of Vulcan Productions and the NOVA/WGBH Science Unit. The series unfolds across three, two-hour episodes, exploring the nature of the social relationships that are the key to our human happiness (Family, Friends, & Lovers); the obstacles to happiness, negative emotions, which we can't live with and can't live without (Facing Our Fears); and the sometimes misguided pursuit of happiness itself (Rethinking Happiness). The programs are produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions. Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest in brain science research, along with revealing comments from celebrities such as Chevy Chase, Larry David, Elizabeth Gilbert, Alanis Morissette, Katie Couric, and Richard Gere.
Leading medical, health sciences, and service organizations from around the country recognize the importance and potential impact of this project and are assisting in developing content, distributing materials and resources, and are taking part in events around the country. Partners and contributors include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Blue Star Families; the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance; Mental Health America; Mayo Clinic; the National Alliance on Mental Illness; and University of Phoenix.
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
This month's focus is on Early Attachment:
Visit the Early Moments Matter store to learn more about forming securing attachments with your loved ones and to help set a baby on the path to emotional well-being.
Building secure attachments in the first months and years of life is crucial to the development of emotionally healthy children. Children who are connected with their caregivers are better positioned to do well in school and form healthier relationships throughout life. However, relatively few parents understand the importance of forming these secure attachments. To address the need, Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, in collaboration with social change agency Cause & Affect, PBS, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), developed Early Moments Matter, a valuable toolkit that provides parents and caregivers with information to help their infants with their first steps in emotional development.