Fall 2013

Measurement and analysis

With the Happy L.I.F.E., we’re taking an informal look – through a pilot study – to measure participants’ self-ratings on a number of scales before and after the program.  We expect to see a change in individuals’ ‘happy quotients,’ if you will, and we hope to begin to explore exactly where those changes are so that our Psychology Department can plan ways to better measure the effects of positivity in peoples lives.  Extrapolating from what some of the existing research in positive psychology shows, if we’re successful in utilizing practices that have been shown to enhance long-term increases in gratitude, mindfulness and other components of happiness, we believe we can create a culture of positivity at LIFE that our students can carry forward to create lives of success and significance for themselves.  In the process, we hope to see institutional data reflect positive changes as well.  Over time, we hope to see our graduation rates rise and our Doctor of Chiropractic students’ national board scores go up and we expect to see a rise in satisfaction among our clinic patients as well as our students, faculty and staff.

We won’t be able to say, definitively, that this initial Happy L.I.F.E implementation was responsible but we’ll begin to get an idea of what’s possible in the future as our psychology faculty identifies, designs and implements additional interventions that are peer-reviewed and support long-term changes along the “positivity spectrum.”