Happiness + Connection – Constructive Psychology Information

Abimbola Tschetter (MAPP ’22) is a enterprise author, editor, and marketing consultant primarily based close to Seattle. She is an assistant teacher for the Penn MAPP program and co-editor of the MAPP alumni publication. A former admission counselor, Abi is growing OurStory, a program that leverages the faculty admission essay to form optimistic private narratives in adolescents.

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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 important to enhancing and sustaining happiness is the power to attach with different folks and create significant connecting moments.” 

Try the latest version of MAPP Magazine, the alumni publication of the College of Pennsylvania Grasp of Utilized Constructive Psychology program, for extra on happiness + connection. The September challenge 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 liked others, liked 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 related, and second to share the big selection of our purposes of optimistic psychology with a broader viewers to encourage collaboration and development within the area.

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Katie Wittekind

In memoriam | Katie Wittekind (MAPP ’18)

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

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

Learn reflections and remembrances from her household, colleagues, classmates, and Katie herself a few life properly lived.

Enjoying collectively

Social prescribing can lead folks to experiences that buffer loneliness and nurture well-being by means of the humanities, humanities, and neighborhood. In response to Paula Toledo (MAPP ’22),

“Social connection is a well being determinant, and wealthy and satisfying relationships are essential 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 apply the place practitioners refer sufferers to non-clinical and social actions, together with music, motion, neighborhood and the humanities, to fight loneliness and promote well-being.

Climbers collectively

In response to Chris Baccash (MAPP ’22),

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

Chris is aware of this from private expertise and thru his analysis on pals 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 learning how and why folks 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 lecturers, leaders, and oldsters can affect happiness in ourselves and others.


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

Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, but Does. Penguin Books.

Picture Credit

Katie Wittekind photograph from Wittekind household

Guitar players  by Viktor Solomonik (Unsplash

Climbers on mountain by Chris Baccash

Sonja Lyubomirsky from Taea Thale pictures