September 25, 2023

Abimbola Tschetter (MAPP ’22) is a enterprise author, editor, and advisor primarily based close to Seattle. She is an assistant teacher for the Penn MAPP program and co-editor of the MAPP alumni publication. A former admission counselor, Abi is creating OurStory, a program that leverages the school admission essay to form optimistic private narratives in adolescents.

Abi’s articles are right here.

Whereas reflecting on takeaways from over 30 years of analysis on the how and why of happiness, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Distinguished Professor of Psychology on the College of California Riverside, shared what she believes to be the important thing part of happiness: social connection. In her phrases,

“Maybe most crucial to enhancing and sustaining happiness is the power to attach with different individuals and create significant connecting moments.” 

Try the latest version of MAPP Magazine, the alumni publication of the College of Pennsylvania Grasp of Utilized Constructive Psychology program, for extra on happiness + connection. The September problem consists of our full interview with Dr. Lyubomirsky, plus articles on social prescription, the function of battle in thriving friendships, and a memorial tribute to Katie Wittekind, a MAPP alumna who beloved others, beloved to bounce, and labored for the happiness of others. 

The mission of MAPP Journal is first to maintain College of Pennsylvania Grasp of Utilized Constructive Psychology Program (MAPP) alumni linked, and second to share the wide selection of our functions of optimistic psychology with a broader viewers to encourage collaboration and development within the area.

Yow will discover previous articles from MAPP Magazine online> and even older points within the MAPP Magazine Archives. To have the newest articles despatched to you by electronic mail, subscribe to the MAPP Magazine.

Katie Wittekind

In memoriam | Katie Wittekind (MAPP ’18)

This summer season, members of the MAPP group gathered to honor Katie Wittekind (MAPP’18), who died in a biking accident earlier this yr.

The rising tribute to Katie is the inspiration for this September problem on happiness + connection.

Learn reflections and remembrances from her household, colleagues, classmates, and Katie herself a couple of life effectively lived.

Enjoying collectively

Social prescribing can lead individuals to experiences that buffer loneliness and nurture well-being by the humanities, humanities, and group. In line with Paula Toledo (MAPP ’22),

“Social connection is a well being determinant, and wealthy and satisfying relationships are essential pillars of a happier and extra significant life.”

On this article, Paula  shares her private experiences and explores the skilled alternatives with social prescribing, an rising healthcare apply the place practitioners refer sufferers to non-clinical and social actions, together with music, motion, group and the humanities, to fight loneliness and promote well-being.

Climbers collectively

In line with Chris Baccash (MAPP ’22),

“the proper friendship, pursued for and from advantage is each helpful—in that it creates eudaimonia (well-being) which sweetens life—and compounds our social & experiential sources.”

Chris is aware of this from private expertise and thru his analysis on pals who face challenges collectively. This text explores his assemble of advantage resonance and the way he confronted very difficult conditions empowered by friendships. 

Sonja Lyubomirsky

Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky has been finding out how and why individuals can grow to be happier for over 30 years. Her analysis consists of cognitive, motivational, and behavioral processes in subjective happiness. On this interview, she displays on among the origins of the analysis of happiness, her present work, and the way we as lecturers, leaders, and fogeys can affect happiness in ourselves and others.


Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. New York: Penguin Books.

Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, but Does. Penguin Books.

Picture Credit

Katie Wittekind picture from Wittekind household

Guitar players  by Viktor Solomonik (Unsplash

Climbers on mountain by Chris Baccash

Sonja Lyubomirsky from Taea Thale pictures