Susan Cain – How Being With Our Bittersweet Emotions Brings Creativity and Connection

Susan Cain is the author of the bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages and spent seven years on the New York Times best-seller list. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 40 million times. And her new book Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole opened #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

In this episode we spoke about how making room to be with bittersweet emotions, individually and collectively, opens up space for compassion, connection and creativity. She shared research studies and neuroscience around how human beings are actually wired for compassion and when we turn toward our loss and longing we can learn to thrive in the midst of disruption. She invites us as leaders to make room for these tougher emotions of grief and loss in the workplace and gives us specific practices to invite the creativity that we can have access to when we pause and make space for our humanity. You can learn more about her new book, course and sign up for her newsletter here:

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