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Happiness + Connection – Constructive Psychology Information

Happiness + Connection – Constructive Psychology Information


Abimbola (Abi) Tschetter (MAPP ’22) is a enterprise author, editor, and advertising
marketing consultant based mostly north of Seattle on Whidbey Island. She is an assistant teacher within the College of
Pennsylvania Grasp of Utilized Constructive Psychology program and editor-in-chief of its alumni publication,
MAPP Journal.

Abi’s articles are right here.

Whereas reflecting on takeaways from over 30 years of analysis on the how and why of happiness, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Distinguished Professor of Psychology on the College of California Riverside, shared what she believes to be the important thing part of happiness: social connection. In her phrases,

“Maybe most crucial to bettering and sustaining happiness is the power to attach with different individuals and create significant connecting moments.” 

Take a look at the latest version of MAPP Journal, the alumni publication of the College of Pennsylvania Grasp of Utilized Constructive Psychology program, for extra on happiness + connection. The September problem contains our full interview with Dr. Lyubomirsky, plus articles on social prescription, the position of wrestle in thriving friendships, and a memorial tribute to Katie Wittekind, a MAPP alumna who cherished others, cherished to bounce, and labored for the happiness of others. 

The mission of MAPP Journal is first to maintain College of Pennsylvania Grasp of Utilized Constructive Psychology Program (MAPP) alumni linked, and second to share the wide selection of our purposes of optimistic psychology with a broader viewers to encourage collaboration and development within the discipline.

Yow will discover previous articles from MAPP Journal on-line> and even older points within the MAPP Journal Archives. To have the most recent articles despatched to you by electronic mail, subscribe to the MAPP Journal.

Katie Wittekind

In memoriam | Katie Wittekind (MAPP ’18)

This summer time, members of the MAPP group gathered to honor Katie Wittekind (MAPP’18), who died in a biking accident earlier this 12 months.

The rising tribute to Katie is the inspiration for this September problem on happiness + connection.

Learn reflections and remembrances from her household, colleagues, classmates, and Katie herself a couple of life effectively lived.

Enjoying collectively

Social prescribing can lead individuals to experiences that buffer loneliness and nurture well-being by way of the humanities, humanities, and group. In line with Paula Toledo (MAPP ’22),

“Social connection is a well being determinant, and wealthy and satisfying relationships are vital pillars of a happier and extra significant life.”

On this article, Paula  shares her private experiences and explores the skilled alternatives with social prescribing, an rising healthcare observe the place practitioners refer sufferers to non-clinical and social actions, together with music, motion, group and the humanities, to fight loneliness and promote well-being.

Climbers collectively

In line with Chris Baccash (MAPP ’22),

“the proper friendship, pursued for and from advantage is each helpful—in that it creates eudaimonia (well-being) which sweetens life—and compounds our social & experiential sources.”

Chris is aware of this from private expertise and thru his analysis on associates who face challenges collectively. This text explores his assemble of advantage resonance and the way he confronted very difficult conditions empowered by friendships. 

Sonja Lyubomirsky

Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky has been finding out how and why individuals can grow to be happier for over 30 years. Her analysis contains cognitive, motivational, and behavioral processes in subjective happiness. On this interview, she displays on among the origins of the analysis of happiness, her present work, and the way we as academics, leaders, and oldsters can affect happiness in ourselves and others.


Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The How of Happiness: A Scientific Method to Getting the Life You Need. New York: Penguin Books.

Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). The Myths of Happiness: What Ought to Make You Glad, however Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Glad, however Does. Penguin Books.

Picture Credit

Katie Wittekind picture from Wittekind household

Guitar gamers  by Viktor Solomonik (Unsplash

Climbers on mountain by Chris Baccash

Sonja Lyubomirsky from Taea Thale images



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