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What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing

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Wiley-Blackwell is proud to announce the Exchanges Online Conference Series. Each event will focus on an area of interdisciplinary interest and will include: ...

Wiley-Blackwell is proud to announce the Exchanges Online Conference Series. Each event will focus on an area of interdisciplinary interest and will include:

*Podcast keynote addresses
*Scholarly articles with expert commentary
*Publishing workshops
*Live Q&A with presenters
*A book and journal exhibition with discount
*Participate when it suits your schedule

Wellbeing: A Cure-All for the Social Sciences?
15-19 November 2010

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What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing What Positive Psychology has Learned About Wellbeing Presentation Transcript

  • 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 psychology University of Michigan Ann Arbor, USA
  • What is Positive Psychology?
    • Positive psychology is an umbrella term describing the scientific study of what makes life worth living
  • 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 ahead of the data
    • Complacency: safety science versus growth science
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Creative Commons Material: Title music : Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com