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Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast

If you believe as I do that by uncovering tested, practical ways to help people move from functioning to flourishing at work, we can better navigate the incredible challenges and opportunities our world faces, then this podcast is for you. My goal each week is to give you access to the world’ leading positive psychology, positive organizational scholarship and neuroscience researchers and practitioners to explore their latest research findings on how you can improve wellbeing, develop strengths, nurture positive relationships, make work meaningful and cultivate the grit to accomplish what matters most. If you want evidence-based approaches to bringing out the best in yourself and others at work, then consider this podcast your step-by-step guide.
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Aug 17, 2018

Today we’re talking to Dr. Acacia Parks, who is the chief scientist at Happify, an online platform that turns the science of happiness into activities and games to create lasting changes and whose research focuses on self help methods for increasing happiness via books and digital technology with an emphasis on objective, observable outcomes such as physical health indicators. Acacia regularly publishes articles in scientific journals, has edited three books, and is also the associate editor at The Journal of Positive Psychology.

In this episode, we explore how positive psychology and wellbeing interventions can be delivered in workplaces through technology platforms like Happify to create behavior changes that stick.

Connect with Acacia:

Website: happify.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:05] - Acacia explains how positive psychology interventions can be delivered through technology platforms to create behavior change that sticks
  • [03:19] - Acacia outlines how the Happify technology platform works
  • [04:40] - Acacia shares the STAGE framework Happify uses to classify different types of wellbeing interventions for users
  • [07:16] - Acacia weighs up the pros and cons of using technology to improve people’s wellbeing
  • [09:31] - Acacia explains some behavior changes are better suited for technology platforms than others
  • [11:32] - Acacia explores the potential of wearable devices to improve our wellbeing
  • [13:23] - Acacia provides an example of how workplaces are using wellbeing technology platforms like Happify to improve their employees’ wellbeing
  • [14:40] - Acacia explains how artificial intelligence may shape wellbeing interventions in the future
  • [17:48] - Acacia shares the impact Happify is having on people’s wellbeing
  • [22:54] - Acacia completes the lightning round.

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Thanks for listening!

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Until next time, take care!  Thank you Acacia!

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