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The Positive Humanities: Collaborating with the Arts and Humanities to Advance the Science and Evidence-Based Practice of Well-Being

James Pawelski, P ositive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States Abstract: From our earliest days, we are socialized through stories, songs, and images. As we get older, we are introduced more formally to the disciplines of literature, history,...


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Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Mental Well-Being: Recent Findings and Implications

Mohsen Joshanloo, Keimyung University, Daegu, DAEGU, South Korea Global, cross-cultural, and national well-being research has been dominated by a focus on life satisfaction. To challenge this one-sided approach, I will present new findings from the factor analysis of a large set of...


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From Universal Values To Universal Promise: Envisioning The Possibilities Of Positive Psychology In A Multicultural, Global World

Steve Leventhal , CorStone, Baltimore, MD, United States Abstract: For millennia, humankind’s greatest teachers have prescribed love, compassion, and forgiveness as the foundations of inner peace. Today, in positive psychology’s parlance, we speak of such strengths as pillars of a...


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Microbiomes: A Gut Feeling About Happiness:

John Cryan, University College Cork, Cork, CORK, Ireland Abstract: Ever had a "gut feeling" about something? It turns out, the connection between our gut and our brain might be stronger than we think. John F. Cryan, Prof. & Chair of Anatomy & Neuroscience and Principal Investigator...


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Differential benefits of seeking pleasure vs meaning - the role of age and gene expression

Incheol Choi, Seoul National University, Seoul, SEOUL, South Korea Abstract: Extensive research has been conducted to examine the relationship between experience of pleasure (hedonic well-being) and experience of meaning (eudaimonic well-being). A general consensus is that they are both...


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Promoting Students’ Subjective Well-Being in Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health Services

Shannon M Suldo, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, United States Abstract: Studies describing the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults demonstrate the importance of considering both psychopathology and subjective well-being, consistent with a dual-factor model...


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Thinking About the Future: Whether, When, Why, How, Who, What...and So What?

Thinking About the Future: Whether, When, Why, How, Who, What...and So What? Roy F. Baumeister, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia Abstract: A planful, future-oriented mindset is probably the most effective way to find success in life, but psychology has focused much more on...


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Engagement After MidLife: Lessons from Lives of Commitment

Jeanne Nakamura, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, United States Abstract: Around the world, societies are aging and a growing proportion of their members are midlife and older. This makes positive adult development and aging of growing interest to us all. However, models of...


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Other People Matter: Evidence for the Value of Positivity Resonance

Barbara Fredrickson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, United States Abstract: Professor Barbara Fredrickson expands on the phrase that her good friend Christopher Peterson made famous in positive psychology: Other People Matter . She will share an...


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The Effects of Positive Leadership

​Kim Cameron, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN, United States Abstract Most models of leadership assume that influence lies at the heart of leadership. If you are influential, that means you are a leader. However, our research has found that positive energy is more important in...