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2019 Monthly Newsletters

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Research into Positive Psychology

Self Structure and Well-Being in life transitions

This paper discusses two studies exploring the relationship between structural properties of the self and well-being, in the context of life transitions. In other words: how do certain traits predict how we respond to major life transitions?

The Role of Humor in Well-Being and Health

Dr. Cann of UNC sits for an interview with Europe’s Journal of Psychology to discuss his role in advancing the early stages of humor research and some of his findings. He shares some anecdotes of the humorous workplace antics of he and his colleagues, along with some of his findings about the different types of humor and their effect on well-being, relationships, and more.

Happiness, Love, and Compassion as Antidotes for Anxiety

This study examined the power of several positive emotions and experiences to alleviate anxiety in the short term. Researchers used a self-report questionnaire that measured several emotions, including: Anxiety, Happiness, Love, and Anger.

Externality of happiness is the belief that one’s level of happiness is mainly determined by external factors, rather than one’s own will. This includes factors such as luck, fate, destiny, or their current life situation. There is considerable evidence now to suggest that externality of happiness is negatively related with subjective well-being and flourishing.
The Positive Contributions of Hope to Maintaining and Restoring Health
These studies investigated how hope relates to people’s health behaviors and health outcomes. By comparing a range of health data to reported and inferred hope scores, researchers showed that hope has many components, each of which plays its own part in the different stages of behavior change. 
How to Plan for Success
This is a summary of research studies which focus on a planning technique called “implementation intentions.” The technique involves crafting “if-then” statements to help you seize opportunities and surmount obstacles on the way to your goal. It’s been shown to reduce distractions and increase the likelihood of success.
Music and Emotional Regulation
Music can be a powerful tool for regulating emotion. This research examined whether age and personal preferences were important in selecting the right type of music to help regulate the mood of someone who’s been made to feel sad.
Social Connectedness as a Source and Consequence of Meaning in Life
These two studies focused on the relationship between meaning in life and three forms of connectedness (intimate, relational, and collective) over time.

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