Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

CWB Senior Scholar to Teach about Happiness in New University of Lisbon Program

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

Personal and group happiness

Center for the Advancement of Well-Being Senior Scholar Dr. James Maddux will join an international group of scholars to teach in a new degree program called the Scientific Study of Individual and Public Happiness, at Portugal's University of Lisbon, beginning in January 2018. It is part of the university’s Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program in the Institute of Social and Political Science.  

“I learned about this program through my work with the director, Helena Marujo, on last year’s well-being university conference that was sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and the University of Lisbon and held in Portugal,” said Maddux, who is an emeritus professor in clinical psychology at Mason. “Helena and I were co-organizers of that event and are planning a larger conference for summer of 2019. The University of Lisbon Masters of Applied Psychology program has recruited an international group of instructors and has attracted an international group of students, which makes it a very attractive assignment for me.  In addition, Lisbon is a beautiful city, to which I look forward to returning. I hope that my teaching there will help the center reach its goal of enhancing the well-being of 10 million people by 2019, because the graduates of the program will be returning to their home organizations equipped with an array of ‘well-being enhancing’ tools.”

The program includes the latest research in public happiness, along with research on what contributes to happiness among individual people. Courses will cover a diverse variety of topics that explore the science of happiness in the context of complex issues affecting individuals, organizations, and societies. Some of those planned topics are: positive psychology, collective happiness in different fields (such as health, politics, education, economics, and arts and humanities), resilience, post-traumatic growth, appreciative inquiry, and values in action.

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