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Happy Together: Using Positive Psychology to Build Stronger Relationships

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October 18th at Noon ET / 11:00am CT (60 minutes)

Guest Speakers: Suzie Pileggi Pawelski, MAPP, Science of Well-Being Writer and James Pawelski, PhD, Professor of Practice and Director of Education, Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Host: Melissa Mitchell-Blitch, MS, MA Family Business and Family Wealth Consultant; Founder, Eredita Consulting; Dean of Individual Development

Positive psychology research indicates that one of the most important factors in human flourishing is building close relationships with others. Enjoying strong bonds with family members, romantic partners, friends, and co-workers is critical for thriving. Yet we all too often assume that these bonds will stay strong automatically and then are surprised if they begin to fray.

A better approach is to nurture and care for our relationships by learning skills and developing habits that can keep them strong. Working at our relationships like we work out our bodies at the gym can build relational muscle and flexibility—and the science of positive psychology can help us do so effectively.

In this lively and interactive webinar, husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski, co-authors of Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts (Penguin Random House, 2018), invite you to join them in the “relationship gym” to explore and apply key research findings from the field of positive psychology like prioritizing positive emotions, savoring shared experiences, and identifying and facilitating strengths use in relationships.    

Introduction to Our Guest Speakers

Suzann Pileggi Pawelski, MAPP

Suzann (“Suzie”) Pileggi Pawelski, MAPP,  is a well-being writer, consultant, and international “Romance & Research” ™ speaker specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on relationships and health. Her 2010 Scientific American Mind cover story, “The Happy Couple,” was the catalyst for Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts, the best-selling book that she wrote with her husband James. 

Legendary talk show host Larry King interviewed Suzie and James on his show Larry King Now and said he wished he “would’ve had this book twenty years ago.”

 Happy Together was named a best book of 2018 by Business Insider, Success magazine, and The Greater Good Science Center.

Suzie pens a popular blog for Psychology Today and is a contributing editor for Live Happy.  As a columnist for the Newsletter of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), she profiled many of the field’s leading scientists and featured their groundbreaking research. 

Suzie’s writing and work has been featured in numerous top-tier media including Time magazine, Inc. magazine, New York magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parade magazine, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and The London Times.

Together, Suzie and James give Romance and Research™ workshops around the world. They just launched an online course Building Love That Lasts for “Wondrium” (formerly “The Great Courses Plus”).

Previously, Suzie directed award-winning media relations campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, worked in publicity at Radio City Music Hall and was an associate producer for HBO Downtown Productions and The Joan Rivers Show.

Dr. James Pawelski, Ph.D

James Pawelski, Ph.D., is Professor of Practice and Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he co-founded the world’s first Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program with Martin Seligman in 2005. In addition to directing the program, he teaches courses on positive interventions and the humanities and human flourishing, for which he has received the College of Liberal and Professional Studies Award for Distinguished Teaching in Professional Graduate Programs. James is the Founding Director of the Humanities and Human Flourishing Project at the University of Pennsylvania, where he leads a network of more than 150 international scholars, researchers, and practitioners investigating connections between the science of well-being and engagement in the arts and humanities. He recently launched a new interdisciplinary undergraduate course at Penn called “The Pursuit of Happiness” to help students learn how to increase their well-being. 

Having earned a doctorate in philosophy, he is the author of The Dynamic Individualism of William James and of articles on the history of philosophy and its application to human development. He has served as editor of the philosophy section of the Oxford Handbook of Happiness, co-editor of The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies, co-editor of On Human Flourishing: A Poetry Anthology, and co-author (with his wife Suzie) of Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts. Additionally, he is the editor of the Oxford University Press book series on the Humanities and Human Flourishing and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the Positive Humanities.

He is a collaborative leader, serving as the Founding Executive Director of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), a member of the Provost’s Wellness Advisory Group at the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the executive committee of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, and a past president of the William James Society.

An international keynote speaker who makes presentations in Spanish as well as English, he has presented in more than 20 countries on 6 continents, including “Romance and Research” (TM) workshops with his wife Suzie. He is frequently featured in the media, including the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Today Show.

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