Faculty Appreciation Commemorative - Positive Perspective

Faculty Appreciation Commemorative - Positive Perspective

Why are happy people, happy?  As researchers, life-long learners, and seekers of knowledge, happiness is of interest to us as we move from appreciating our basic needs, to discovering our strengths and creative talents, to using them to generative a positive space for ourselves and for those around us. 

Martin Seligman used the scientific method involving numerous questionnaires to explore the state of happiness.  From his work, he identified three dimensions of happiness; the Pleasant Life (pleasure and gratification), the Good Life (embodiment of strengths and virtues), and the Meaningful Life (meaning and purpose) (Seligman, 2002).  As educators, I think we explore the meaningful life.  

As a new dissertation chair attending my first UOP graduation, I remember the excitement and happiness I felt as I watch the students who I had worked with over the years walk across the stage to be hooded knowing I was an important part of their journey.  Now as a member of the CEITR, I get the same sense of excitement and happiness when research teams I have collaborate with successful complete a research project and have the study published.  It can give our lives great meaning when we can use our strengths to enrich the lives of others.      

“Some people cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.”

Oscar Wilde

Cause happiness wherever you go!         

Take a minute and follow this link.

Seligman, Martin E.P. (2002). Authentic happiness: Using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment. New York, NY: Free Press.


Rita Hartman's picture Rita Hartman | May 11, 2018 7:30 am MST

Thank you for your positive energy and creative talents that move our research endeavors to new heights, Liz!


Patricia Steele's picture Patricia Steele | May 10, 2018 10:14 am MST

Hi Rita.

Thank you for your thoughtful words.  Reminds me of an old song,

 “Don’t Worry, Be happy”

Rita Hartman's picture Rita Hartman | May 11, 2018 7:33 am MST

Oh my gosh, Patricia, that song brings back memories of a friend who sang the song all the time!  After a while we started to give him suggestions for some other "happy" tunes to sing!  ;-)  


Mansureh Kebritchi's picture Mansureh Kebritchi | May 10, 2018 10:47 am MST

Very refreshing blog, Rita. We all as educators are dreamers to nurture others to become dreamers and flourish to the best of their potentials. Let’s continue our effort on daily basis to make a better world for our children…      

Ronda Gregg's picture Ronda Gregg | May 10, 2018 6:36 pm MST


In our world today when mental illness is forefront and we are encouraging our schools to incorporate social emotional learning into their curriculum, it is refreshing to remember that happiness is an important quality for staff in our schools.  It can radiate outward and help to make "a better world for our children".

Rita Hartman's picture Rita Hartman | May 11, 2018 12:33 pm MST

Definitely, Mansureh!  As leaders and researchers, we are in the position to stimulate and encourage those around us to take positive, innovative steps towards improving our lives and the lives of those we touch.


Denise Hirth's picture Denise Hirth | August 3, 2018 4:38 am MST

If your happy and you know it, clap your hands!

Clap Clap

If your happy and you know it, tap your feet!

Tap Tap

If your happy and you know it, shout Hooray!

If your happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, if your happy and you know it, do all three!

Clap Clap

Tap Tap


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