The Science of a Happy Relationship

Workshop: Highlight | March 22 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 James Pawelski, University of Pennsylvania & Co-author "Happy Together"

 Shauna Shapiro, University of Santa Clara; Amie Gordon, UCSF

 Suzann Pileggi Paweski, Co-author of "Happy Together"

 Greater Good Science Center

For the past two decades, the field of positive psychology has been growing rapidly. Over that time, one of the key findings from positive psychology research has been: Other people matter. In fact, a pillar of positive psychology is that our close relationships with others are essential to human flourishing and happiness.

Romantic relationships in particular have an enormous influence on our well-being. Yet it is not always easy to maintain a long-term, healthy relationship.

In this lively and interactive day-long event, leading experts will explain how ground breaking research can help support happy and lasting relationships. The day will feature husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski, the executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association. Together they will summarize some of the key research findings highlighted in their recent book Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts—the first book on applying the principles of positive psychology to create thriving romantic relationships.

Specifically, they will discuss healthy habits that couples can cultivate to become happy together over the long term. Some of the evidence-based topics they will address include the importance of savoring shared experiences with one another, and how to identify, build, and appreciate our strengths and those of our partner. They will also introduce their Interaction Model of strengths they developed to help couples relate better to one another.

The day will also include presentations by other experts who will zero in on specific positive psychology skills and strengths. Shauna Shapiro, a world-renowned expert on the science and practice of mindfulness and compassion, will explain how those skills can help re-introduce joy, vitality, and intimacy into romantic relationships. Dr. Shapiro’s presentation will not only cover cutting-edge research on mindfulness and compassion but also offer concrete practices, based on that research, that couples can apply to re-invigorate their lives together.

Additionally, gratitude researcher Amie Gordon will highlight both the various ways in which gratitude helps support and sustain our most important relationships—and also the various barriers that make it more difficult to feel and express. Dr. Gordon will provide specific suggestions for how to overcome those barriers, along with evidence-based tips for cultivating more gratitude in relationships.

The day offers 5.5 CEs for psychologists, social workers-intermediate level, MFTs, counselors, nurses, teachers, and others—all levels. For more information, please see our "Continuing Education" tab.

*The day will provide invaluable tools to anyone working with couples in professional settings or who is focused on helping people strengthen their relationships in general; it will also be useful to couples who want to deepen their bond.

 Alumni, Children, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate

 All Audiences

  $139 General Admission,  $159 General Admission with 5.5 CE Hours

  Tickets go on sale January 1. Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-4292

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