Dr. Acacia Parks is the Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hiram College, and expert on the science of happiness. Tweet your insights using the hashtag #goodbaddirty.
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About my guest: Dr. Acacia Parks
Dr. Acacia Parks is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hiram College. She is a leading expert on the science of happiness, and specifically, how people can most effectively improve their happiness.
Her research focuses on self-help methods for increasing happiness via books, smartphones, and the internet. Acacia regularly publishes articles in scientific journals and has edited three books.
She is also Associate Editor at the Journal of Positive Psychology, and is an active teacher, offering courses on positive psychology, as well as health psychology, abnormal and clinical psychology, research methods, and critical writing.
During the podcast, you will learn:
- How people can be taught to avoid depression by shifting perspectives
- Why a well-being lifestyle approach helps reduce the risk of depression
- Why the idea of ‘being happy’ is a misnomer
- A definition of happiness and the ratio of positive to negative emotions
- Why we need to have significantly more positive experiences than negative ones
- About personality differences and individual happiness ‘set-points’
- Activities that help increase levels of happiness and gratitude
- Why wanting to be happy may be considered selfish in today’s world
- How happiness affects you and the people you interact with
- How Happify is making resources that help improve happiness accessible to all
- The biggest barriers people face when trying to seek emotional well-being
- Why being happy is a self-fulfilling prophecy
- How Happify is working on increasingly personalised activity recommendations
- About the S.T.A.G.E. Framework; the 5 Essential Skills for Happiness
And much more!
Resources mentioned on the show:
Positive Psychology in Higher Education - Acacia C. Parks