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Producers of New PBS Series Joined By Experts to Reveal Science Behind Happiness
Date:10/8/2009

to help us better understand what drives our emotions and what can lead us to happiness."

"With This Emotional Life we wanted to explore some of the problems real people are dealing with, what science tells us about the nature of those problems and how individuals can address these problems," added McGee. "What we found out is that good social relationships play an important role in improving our overall wellbeing."

Psychologist Dr. Jessica Zucker provided insights into how research on human emotions has informed her work with mothers and infants. "We are just beginning to understand scientifically the importance of parent - infant interactions in laying the foundation for healthy relationships with siblings, friends, co-workers and lovers," Zucker said.

The panel also included Lois Ross, who appears in the documentary with her son Jason, a 29 year-old sonographer living in New York who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a neurological disorder that makes it difficult to read others' emotions. Ross is among several parents profiled in This Emotional Life who have helped their children understand social and relationship skills that did not come naturally.

"There's one thing about Jason and it always warms my heart," Ross said. "He never gives up. In the face of adversity, he just keeps going along."

In the series, viewers have a front-row seat with panelist Dr. Xavier Amador as he worked with a couple who made a connection, but are now struggling to save it.

"Our ability to sustain and grow healthy relationships get tested almost daily when we pick a life partner and start out own family," Amador said. "Research shows that many people can heal and nurture failing relationships by applying well studied, but underutilized, psychological principles. Marriage therapy is a tremendously important, powerful tool to which more people should become open."

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