Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

The Science of Happiness, Health & Well-being during COVID-19

May 01, 2020 | 02:00 PM
03:00 PM ET

Webinar Transcript

Even before COVID-19, one in five US adults reported feeling lonely or socially isolated. This pandemic, marked by increased calls for social and physical distancing, has put a spotlight on the impact of loneliness on an individual’s happiness, health and well-being and has led to increased calls for strategies to mitigate its effects.

Happiness infographic thumbnailThis webinar brought together experts to share research on the impact of loneliness on health and the science of well-being. Speakers discussed:

  • How loneliness and isolation are interconnected with social determinants, and how loneliness increases an individual's risk of heart disease and stroke
  • The important role of social connectedness in improving happiness and the evidence illustrating the relationship between increased happiness and improved mental health
  • A health plan’s commitment to supporting employees and members through increased outreach, stigma recognition and reduction, and free mental health counseling


Don Berwick
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Emiliana Simon-Thomas
Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley
Kelli Tice Wells
Florida Blue

Presentation Slides

"The Science of Happiness, Health, and Well-being during COVID-19" - Don Berwick
"The Science of Happiness" - Emiliana Simon-Thomas
"Addressing Isolation and Loneliness: A Payer View" - Kelli Tice Wells