Presentation on theme: "Well-Being of Planet Earth Ed Diener Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois Senior Scientist, Gallup 4 th European Conference."— Presentation transcript:
Well-Being of Planet Earth Ed Diener Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois Senior Scientist, Gallup 4 th European Conference on Positive Psychology July 1- 4, 2008 Rijeka, Croatia
Affect Adaptation? Enjoyment, laughing, smiling Pakistan 47% v. New Zealand88% Anger, sadness, worry, and depression Denmark 12% v. Iran 43%
Conclusions National accounts of well-being can help policy makers create better societies, and Help positive psychologists prove their value
Two Extremely Important Psychological Points 1.Circumstances and conditions matter a LOT; it is not just individual set- point. We need stronger positive societal science! 2.Life evaluation and affect have different predictors -- Wanting versus liking
Take-Home for Positive Psychology PP has placed an emphasis on internal determinants But society, neighborhoods, organizations are also important. More development of organizational PP needed. Social psychology emphasizes the “power of the situation” Happiness is within people, but also in their circumstances too
More Take-Home Messages 1. Life evaluation seems like “Wanting,” whereas affect is “Liking” 2. Money should not be dismissed as unimportant. But it does not completely predict the Ladder, and certainly not PA and NA, where social factors are more important. 3. We need accounts of well-being!
Diener, Lucas, Schimmack, & Helliwell Well-being for Public Policy Oxford University Press, 2009
“The most authoritative and informative book about happiness ever ^ written”
Handout overheads in front Thank you, and: Questions? Comments? Discussion?