05/29/2020|Inside Verizon

Connections are now more important than ever.

By: Jeremy Godwin

Up To Speed Live and Morning Edition merge. Plus, Guru discusses the benefits of therapy with author Lori Gottlieb.

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On today’s Up To Speed Live, Jeremy was joined by fellow co-hosts Katie and Andy to provide some updates:

  • San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer thanked Verizon for the partnership that will bring 5G to citizens, including healthcare workers.
  • Big news in news: Up To Speed Morning is merging with Up To Speed Live. Andy and Katie shared their favorite stories from the past couple months.
    • 3D printing for masks and face shields - Technology Manager Sanjeev Gupta partnered with the Livingston (NJ) Robotics Club to make face shields for healthcare workers.
    • Janna Best - After her day as a V teamer, the Network Technician often works as an EMT for the Dunellen Rescue Squad in New Jersey. She was recently able to take advantage of Verizon’s leave policy to dedicate herself full time to supporting her community.
    • Trick shots - V teamers show off their sweet sporting skills.
  • Recognition and hats off to all of the V teamers doing so much these past few weeks. That includes Solutions Specialist Rolando Santiago of La Quinta, CA, who provided such exceptional service to a customer that she felt moved to share it with us. Thank you, Rolando!
  • Wellness Friday featured a Q&A with Guru and Lori Gottlieb, author of the New York Times bestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. Notes below.

Get the latest information on our Coronavirus Resource Page (Inside Verizon, The Street).

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Click here for a transcript of the webcast.

Reminder, tune in Monday where we will be live from the June Leadership Forum at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT for Up To Speed Live.

Wellness Friday

Guru spoke with Lori Gottlieb, a psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling author, nationally recognized journalist, and weekly “Dear Therapist” columnist for The Atlantic, who shared the following insights:

  • We grow in connection with others, which now, during a pandemic, is more important than ever.
  • It’s good to remember not to take ourselves -- or the human condition -- too seriously.
  • Therapy is not what people think it is. Out in the world we get “idiot compassion” because our friends listen but aren’t objective. Think of therapy as “wise compassion.”
  • We aren’t objective with ourselves. If you can look at your own story from another person’s point of view, it opens up so many more options of what you can do.
  • Change is hard for all of us. Loss is tied to change, even if it’s a positive change. We don’t do well with uncertainty. Change doesn’t happen without effort.
  • Making a change initially is often not as hard as maintaining that change over time. It’s normal to regress, so don’t give up when that happens.
  • Living your life with greater intention happens if you know you only have a limited amount of time left. With the pandemic, we will hopefully realize there are things we don’t want to go back to once we return to normalcy.
  • Continually monitor your mental health so that you can address problems before they escalate into emotional heart attacks.
  • Don’t shy away from negative feelings. Envy can often tell you what you really want in life.
  • We are often too hard, unkind or dishonest with ourselves; especially parents. If you and your family are surviving during this pandemic, then you’re doing great.

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About the author:

Jeremy Godwin is a member of the Verizon Corporate Communications team and a regular host of Up to Speed. He's the team's resident tech geek and media junkie.

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