STRENGTHENING THE
HEART OF STUDENT
AFFAIRS THROUGH
POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Dr. Peter Mather, Ohio University
NACA Mid-America ...
The Party School Problem
Focusing on Problems
“The core belief from which we operate is that an
alternative or better future can be accomplished by...
Focusing on Problems
“The core belief from which we operate is that an
alternative or better future can be accomplished by...
Happiness
• A Goal for Student Affairs?
• The Ultimate Currency
• Aristotle: “Happiness is the highest good and the end at...
Happiness as a Goal is Debatable
Broaden and
Build Theory
• Positivity/happiness,

corresponds to
problem-solving skills,
creativity, and related
positive ...
How about a little gratitude?
Happiness Defined: Pleasure
Happiness Defined: Engagement
Happiness Defined: Meaning
Negativity Bias
Attention
Language is Generative
Horror Story
Healthy Story
Tell a Story. . .
• Describe an especially positive experience from an

interaction with a student
• What made it special?...
Setting Sights on What is Working
The How of Happiness
• Happiness = Set point + Circumstances + Voluntary

Activities
• S = 50%

• C = 10%
• V = 40%
Voluntary Activities
• Expressing gratitude
• Setting goals
• Performing acts of kindness
• Exercising strengths
• Savorin...
The Greatest Feeling is:
The Heart of Student Affairs
• Understand that our emotional and intellectual dimensions
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are connected
Learn from...
THANK YOU!!
References
• Fredrickson, B. (2013). Love 2.0: How our supreme emotion affects

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everything we feel, think, d...
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    1. 1. STRENGTHENING THE HEART OF STUDENT AFFAIRS THROUGH POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Dr. Peter Mather, Ohio University NACA Mid-America Regional Conference November 9, 2013
    2. 2. The Party School Problem
    3. 3. Focusing on Problems “The core belief from which we operate is that an alternative or better future can be accomplished by more problem-solving [. . .] This context—that life is a set of problems to be solved—may actually limit any chance of the future being different from the past. The interest we have in problems is so intense that at some point we take our identity from those problems.” (Block, 2008, p. 33)
    4. 4. Focusing on Problems “The core belief from which we operate is that an alternative or better future can be accomplished by more problem-solving [. . .] This context—that life is a set of problems to be solved—may actually limit any chance of the future being different from the past. The interest we have in problems is so intense that at some point we take our identity from those problems.” (Block, 2008, p. 33) • The Story of Positive Psychology
    5. 5. Happiness • A Goal for Student Affairs? • The Ultimate Currency • Aristotle: “Happiness is the highest good and the end at which all our activities ultimately aim.” • Amazon Search • Happiness: 35,998 • Money: 196,280
    6. 6. Happiness as a Goal is Debatable
    7. 7. Broaden and Build Theory • Positivity/happiness, corresponds to problem-solving skills, creativity, and related positive outcomes • Negativity (e.g., fear) narrows one’s options and limits creativity • Happiness and wellbeing promote altruism, reduce racial bias, and extend life
    8. 8. How about a little gratitude?
    9. 9. Happiness Defined: Pleasure
    10. 10. Happiness Defined: Engagement
    11. 11. Happiness Defined: Meaning
    12. 12. Negativity Bias
    13. 13. Attention
    14. 14. Language is Generative
    15. 15. Horror Story
    16. 16. Healthy Story
    17. 17. Tell a Story. . . • Describe an especially positive experience from an interaction with a student • What made it special? • Encourage students and staff to tell their healthy stories
    18. 18. Setting Sights on What is Working
    19. 19. The How of Happiness • Happiness = Set point + Circumstances + Voluntary Activities • S = 50% • C = 10% • V = 40%
    20. 20. Voluntary Activities • Expressing gratitude • Setting goals • Performing acts of kindness • Exercising strengths • Savoring life’s joys • Exercising body • Meditating
    21. 21. The Greatest Feeling is:
    22. 22. The Heart of Student Affairs • Understand that our emotional and intellectual dimensions • • • • are connected Learn from and use positive experiences for improving practice Develop flourishing students through capitalizing on their strengths and positive experiences Focus on emotional climate when students are in personally challenging situations Finally, understand that the work we do in building community and social and emotional development provides a strong foundation for students to be adaptive and resilient in a complex and ever changing world
    23. 23. THANK YOU!!
    24. 24. References • Fredrickson, B. (2013). Love 2.0: How our supreme emotion affects • • • • • everything we feel, think, do and become. New York, NY: Penguin Group. Fredrickson, B. (2009). Positivity: Top-notch research reveals the 3 to 1 ratio that will change your life. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press. Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The how of happiness: A scientific approach to getting the life you want. Mather, P. C. & Hulme, E. Positive psychology and appreciative inquiry in higher education. New Directions for Student Services, 143. San Francisco, CA: Wiley Periodicals. Seligman, M. E. P. (2002). Authentic happiness: Using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasing fulfillment. New York, NY: The Free Press. Seligman, M. E. P. (2011). Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. New York, NY: The Free Press.
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