Happiness and Joy During Turbulent Times: Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski On How To Live With Joie De Vivre, Even When It Feels Like The Whole World Is Pulling You Down

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
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13 min readFeb 17, 2022


Once in a while, find ways to break the rules that you’ve created for yourself. Rules are important for structuring our lives, but they can also trap us if we let them.

It sometimes feels like it is so hard to avoid feeling down or depressed these days. Between the sad news coming from world headlines, the impact of the ongoing raging pandemic, and the constant negative messages popping up on social and traditional media, it sometimes feels like the entire world is pulling you down. What do you do to feel happiness and joy during these troubled and turbulent times? In this interview series called “Finding Happiness and Joy During Turbulent Times” we are talking to experts, authors, and mental health professionals who share lessons from their research or experience about “How To Find Happiness and Joy During Troubled & Turbulent Times”.

As a part of this series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski.

Gregg Behr is executive director of The Grable Foundation and co-chair of Remake Learning. Ryan Rydzewski is an award-winning science and education reporter. Their book, When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids, is now available from Hachette. Learn more at whenyouwonder.org.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive into the main focus of our interview, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood backstory?

Gregg Behr: We’re both western Pennsylvania kids — we come from the same hills that Fred Rogers and so many other inspiring people called home. I’m fortunate because I had two parents who were incredibly loving and supportive of my brother and me. They were exactly the kinds of caring adults that we’d want for every child: They came to nearly every school event, almost every athletic event, and everything that mattered to us. They encouraged us, but they…