How wellness science can help build resilience
“Feeling connected is extremely important for lasting well-being. One of the best antidotes to loneliness is to connect with others through volunteering, for example, ”she explained.
She is co-author of the recently published book, Create the world we want to live in, building on science and the successes of positive psychology. At the seminar, she discussed the five psychological principles for sustainable well-being:
- Feel connected
- Sense of autonomy
- Feel competent
- Noticing what is going well
- Sense of meaning
“Our well-being is much better when we focus on strengths rather than weaknesses, strengths rather than deficits. This is where positive psychology comes in, ”said Professor Huppert.
“The way we think, feel and act has a profound impact on our personal well-being and also creates a ripple effect on those around us and the world we live in.”
She also highlighted the three core competencies that underpin the principles, namely:
- Compassion and benevolence
- Clear or critical thinking
The Co-Directors of the Body, Heart and Mind in Business research group, Associate Professors Anya Johnson and Helena Nguyen, said: “We were delighted to welcome this presentation from Felicia, a world-class expert in wellness science. .
“She has had a huge influence on our understanding of well-being, mindfulness and compassion at work, having advised governments around the world on how to integrate well-being into our national policies and budgets. “
Professor Huppert is co-author of the seminal article published by Nature in 2008, The Mental Wealth of Nations. In the document, Professor Huppert and colleagues call on countries to capitalize on the cognitive, emotional and relational resources of their citizens for better economic, social and health outcomes.