Thursday, 24 July 2014

Travel grant success

Congratulations to Dr Rosanne Freak-Poli on recently receiving a travel grant which allowed her to attend the 7th European Conference on Positive Psychology in Amsterdam.

Written by Dr Freak-Poli

Earlier this month I attended the 7th European Conference on Positive Psychology, 1st-4th July, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I was fortunate to be selected as one of 136 oral presentations (from 800 abstracts). I presented my most recently submitted paper “The role of happiness (measured prior to event) in long-term survival after first cardiovascular disease (CVD) event? A population-based observational study of older persons in The Netherlands”. My main finding was that during 15-years follow-up in community-dwelling older adults, greater happiness before the CVD event protected against mortality after first incident CVD, but the relationship was not independent of pre-CVD event physical function.

The conference was well attended by psychologists, masters psychology students and entrepreneurs. A few points which I found interesting were:

1. Happiness and life satisfaction correlates with: social support, a sense of purpose, a sense of freedom to make your key life choices, a sense of trust and generosity. “World happiness Report” John Helliwell, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

2. Five ways to well-being are: connection, be active, take notice, keep learning, giving/generosity. “Economic crisis, wellbeing & sustainability” Nic Marks, Happiness Works, United Kingdom.

3. If you earn more than 35,000 Euro per year, you are in the top 1% of the world’s wealth; context and circumstances contribute a lot more to happiness than current research reveals as much of the research is currently only being undertaken in high income countries. “Economic crisis, wellbeing & sustainability” Nic Marks, Happiness Works, United Kingdom.

4. We need a systems approach to thinking about happiness – discuss the community more rather than individual happiness. “Economic crisis, wellbeing & sustainability” Nic Marks, Happiness Works, United Kingdom.

5. Points 1 to 4 illustrate the reasons why the Gross Happiness Index is being considered as a measure of success, on par with Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for countries
Dr Freak-Poli and colleagues in Amsterdam

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