About the Episode
Dr. Kristen Lee, a researcher and expert in the field of behavioral science, is here with me today. During today’s podcast, she discusses how we can rebuild the courage and resiliency we need to lead satisfying lives by engaging in frequent, little acts of daring and connection.
Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, is a behavioral science clinician, researcher, educator, lecturer, and comedian based in Boston. She is the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science and Faculty-in-Residence at Northeastern University. Kristen focuses on the well-being and resilience of individuals and organizations, especially those that serve underrepresented communities. She also consults with businesses and leaders worldwide to help them develop positive mental health cultures that reduce the risk of burnout and increase their chances of long-term success.
We discuss Kristen’s book, Worth the Risk: How to Microdose Bravery to Grow Resilience, Connect More and Offer Yourself to the World. The book provides a fresh take on how risk-taking and resilience can be leveraged for the greater good.
Throughout today’s discussion, we discuss “what-if” living, defined as being plagued by worries about the past and the future. Kristen adds that one’s mental health and well-being might be negatively impacted by having such an attitude. She maintains that a “what is” perspective is preferable to a “what if” since it includes embracing the realities of life and concentrating on the positives.
Kristen also discusses the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions, rejecting conventional wisdom, and unlearning any harmful or outdated beliefs or messages that may have been internalized. During the conversation, she emphasizes that we live in a time when mental health disorders are rising. She stresses the significance of being open and accepting of those who struggle with mental health issues. She suggests practicing mindfulness, meditating, and asking for support as ways to gain emotional regulation skills.