Wellbeing:
A Cure-All for the Social Sciences?
Date: 15-19 November 2010
Location: www.wileyblackwellexchanges.com
Keynote Lecture:
What Positive Psychology has
Learned About Wellbeing
Christopher Peterson
Arthur F. Thurnau professor of ...
What is Positive Psychology?
• Positive
psychology is an
umbrella term
describing the
scientific study of
what makes life
...
Outline
• What is positive psychology?
• Criticisms and cautions
• The subject matter
• What have we learned?
• Conclusions
• Is positive psychology narrowly American?
• Does positive psychology tell people “don’t
worry, be happy?”
• Running ahea...
What Positive Psychologists Have Learned
• Most people are happy
• Money makes an ever-diminishing contribution to well-be...
13
24 Character Strengths Under 6 Virtues
1. Wisdom and Knowledge
creativity
curiosity
judgment/open-mindedness
love of le...
14
Consequences of Character
Consequence Strength(s)
Life satisfaction  Love, hope, gratitude, curiosity, zest
Military l...
In Sum …
• Attention to what goes well provides a
usual vantage
• Well-being is complex and diverse – there
are many route...
Creative Commons Material:
Title music: Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com
What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing
What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing
What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing
What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing
What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing
What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing
What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing
What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing
What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing
What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing
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    1. 1. Wellbeing: A Cure-All for the Social Sciences? Date: 15-19 November 2010 Location: www.wileyblackwellexchanges.com
    2. 2. Keynote Lecture: What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing Christopher Peterson Arthur F. Thurnau professor of psychology University of Michigan Ann Arbor, USA
    3. 3. What is Positive Psychology? • Positive psychology is an umbrella term describing the scientific study of what makes life worth living
    4. 4. Outline • What is positive psychology? • Criticisms and cautions • The subject matter • What have we learned? • Conclusions
    5. 5. • Is positive psychology narrowly American? • Does positive psychology tell people “don’t worry, be happy?” • Running ahead of the data • Complacency: safety science versus growth science
    6. 6. What Positive Psychologists Have Learned • Most people are happy • Money makes an ever-diminishing contribution to well-being • However, money can make someone happy if it is spent on other people • Happiness has important consequences, including academic and vocational success and good health and long life • Happiness is contagious, spreading through social networks and meaning that an emphasis on happiness is not selfish • Good days have common features • Character matters, although it is important to talk about the specific character strength and the particular outcome • For many outcomes, the “heart” matters more than the “mind.” • Most people are resilient • Happiness, strengths of character, and good social relationships are buffers • Engagement at work—and at leisure!—matters • Meaning and purpose matter, whether provided by religion or by secular activities that connect the person to something larger and external • Other people matter … the single most import lesson from positive psychology research
    7. 7. 13 24 Character Strengths Under 6 Virtues 1. Wisdom and Knowledge creativity curiosity judgment/open-mindedness love of learning perspective 2. Courage bravery honesty perseverance zest/enthusiasm 3. Humanity kindness love social intelligence 4. Justice fairness teamwork leadership 5. Temperance forgiveness/mercy modesty/humility self-control/self-regulation prudence/caution 6. Transcendence appreciation of beauty & excellence gratitude hope/optimism humor/playfulness religiousness/spirituality
    8. 8. 14 Consequences of Character Consequence Strength(s) Life satisfaction  Love, hope, gratitude, curiosity, zest Military leadership  Love Academic achievement  Perseverance, love, gratitude Not being a delinquent  Modesty Teacher effectiveness  Zest, humor, social intelligence Work satisfaction  Zest, hope Child happiness  Parental self-regulation Physical health and longevity  Hope Employee health  Managerial kindness, fairness Recovery from illness  Bravery, kindness, humor
    9. 9. In Sum … • Attention to what goes well provides a usual vantage • Well-being is complex and diverse – there are many routes to a satisfied life • The good life can be taught, and it can be learned
    10. 10. Creative Commons Material: Title music: Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com

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