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James Pawelski, Ph.D.
The field of positive psychology was founded nearly twenty years ago when Martin Seligman, along with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, observed that psychology focused much more on pathology than on well-being. Today, there is a similar overemphasis on pathology and ill-being throughout much of the arts and humanities. This presentation will introduce the nascent field of the positive humanities, which calls for an explicit emphasis on well-being to balance current approaches in literature, music, art, movies, philosophy, history, religion, and other cultural domains. A strategic collaboration between the positive humanities and positive psychology can benefit both fields in their ability to understand, cultivate, and measure well-being. More broadly, such collaboration can benefit humanity by creating new approaches to human flourishing.