World's Largest Scientific Happiness Conference Kicks Off Tomorrow (July 13th) in Montréal at Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology

Program includes talks by two of the World’s most renowned happiness researchers Martin Seligman and Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sponsored by the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) which celebrates its 10th anniversary

MONTRÉAL--()--The Fifth World Congress, an international conference sponsored by the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), kicks off in Montréal Thursday with talks by two of the world’s most renowned psychologists.

  • Martin Seligman ("father of positive psychology"), University of Pennsylvania Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology & Founding Director of the Positive Psychology Center and bestselling author of Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness.
  • Sonja Lyubomirsky, University of California at Riverside psychologist and bestselling author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want.

Seligman and Lyubomisrky will present groundbreaking research on how the science of positive psychology is changing the way we live our lives on an individual, societal, and global level. They will present new answers in the age-old quest for the good life, sharing their latest research and ideas for increasing happiness in the contemporary world.

Additionally, an international audience of researchers, practitioners, and professionals from six continents will share latest findings, insights, and information. Symposia, poster sessions, workshops, and informal round table discussions will emphasize leading-edge research, as well as applications of the fascinating science in a variety of fields and life domains - from business to education to medicine, as well as parenting, romance and relationships.

The international conference takes place July 13th – July16th, 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Founded in 1998 by Seligman, positive psychology focuses on the study and practice of what is right in the world - the positive emotions, strengths, and virtues that make individuals, communities, and institutions thrive.

Highlights include:

  • Robert Vallerand, Ph.D. (Canada), past president of the Canadian Psychological Association and IPPA – The Psychology of Passion
  • Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. Towards a Science of Peace, Building the Future of Human Capital; Positive Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. (U.S.) – The Science and Practice of Loving-Kindness Meditation
  • Lea Waters, Ph.D. (Australia) – Strength-Based Parenting: The Why and the How
  • Meike Bartels, Ph.D. (Netherlands) – Differences in Happiness: From heritability to the interplay with the environment
  • James Pawelski, Ph.D. (U.S.) – Romance & Research; The Positive Humanities: How Might the Well-Being Effects of the Arts and Humanities Be Measured?
  • George A. Bonanno, Ph.D. (U.S.) – Loss, Trauma and Human Resilience: From Heterogeneity to Flexibility
  • Steve Cole, Ph.D. (U.S.) – Genomic perspectives on human well-being
  • Jamil Zaki, Ph.D. (U.S.) Choosing Empathy
  • Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. (U.S.) 2013 MacArthur Fellow & bestselling author of Grit (U.S.) – Character: A Tripartite Taxonomy
  • Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. (U.S.), James O'Shaugnessy, House of Lords (UK) – Grit and Imagination in Positive Education
  • Elissa Epel, Ph.D. (U.S.) – Flourishing as we age: a view from our telomeres
  • Tania Singer, Ph.D. (Germany) – Plasticity of the Social Brain
  • Shelly Gable, Ph.D. (U.S.) - Capitalizing on the Positives in Close Relationships
  • Joar Vittersø, Ph.D. (Norway) – Facial Expressions of Emotions during Video Games
  • Laura King, Ph.D. (U.S.) - Meaning and Randomness
  • Willibald Ruch, Ph.D. (Swtizerland) – Smile, Laughter, and Joy
  • David Cooperrider, Ph.D. (U.S) – Appreciative Inquiry and the Macro Promise of Positive Psychology
  • Carmelo Vázquez (Spain) – Meditation and Mood Regulation
  • Kim S. Cameron, Ph.D. (U.S.) - Positive Leadership and Positive Energy
  • Matthew White, Ph.D. (Australia) – Perspectives on Positive Education
  • Alejandro Adler, Ph.D. (U.S.) – Teaching Well-Being Enhances Academic Performance: Evidence from around the World
  • Darrin Coppin, Ph.D. (Australia) - Behavioural Change in the Unemployed and Impact of Resilience upon Job Outcomes
  • Ryan Niemic, Psy.D. (U.S.) – Application of Character Strengths; Best Practices in Positive Psychology for Disability
  • Ruut Veenhoven, Ph.D. (The Netherlands) – Know Your Happiness: Effects of using the Happiness Indicator
  • Alia Crum, Ph.D. (U.S.) - How to Change Subjective Mindsets

The international diverse audience will have the opportunity to discuss latest research, insights, and best practices and interact with like-minded people who focus on studying what is best in life and how to create more of it.

According to Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, IPPA President and Program Chair, and Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the aim of the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology is “to inform and inspire participants regarding positive psychology and its impact on human beings and human systems; to facilitate interaction and collaboration among scholars, practitioners, leaders, and students from around the world; and to enable participants to enhance the well-being and performance of as many individuals and organizations as possible by sharing scientific research and best practices related to positive psychology.”

An estimated 1,500 attendees – including researchers, clinicians, educators, students, business owners, coaches, and consultants – are expected at IPPA’s 5th World Congress.

“Over the past ten years, IPPA has grown to thousands of members from more than fifty countries on six continents, attesting to the increasing global interest in the burgeoning field of positive psychology,” observed James Pawelski, Executive Director of IPPA, and the Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Program (the world's first degree program in positive psychology).

Since its inception in 1998, the field of positive psychology has seen an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in research, the founding of several scientific journals, the development of masters and Ph.D. programs in leading universities throughout the world, and reports in major international media.

The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) was created to promote the science and practice of positive psychology and to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers and practitioners around the world who are interested in positive psychology.

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Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology Kicks Off July 13th in Montréal With Talk by Dr. Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology



International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
Suzie Pileggi, 646-265-9055