The Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) held its annual convention on January 19-21, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. This is the premier international event for more than 3,800 social and personality psychologists. Attendees from academia, non-profit, government, and private sectors were present to discuss research, network and collaborate on projects, and pursue professional development while advancing science and pedagogy in the field.

One of the pre-conferences held on January 19 was on Happiness and Well-Being, with generous support from IPPA. The Happiness & Well-Being Pre-Conference was initiated in 2014. This year’s gathering, organized by Kristin Layous and Katherine Nelson-Coffey, was another success, bringing together nearly 75 young investigators and world experts to share recent theory and findings from the scientific study of happiness.

The pre-conference included presentations on the benefits of nostalgia (Constantine Sedikides), measuring well-being via social media (Johannes Eichstaedt), assessment of character strengths (Todd Kashdan), the motivational consequences of life satisfaction (Maike Luhmann), and positive affect interventions in the context of stress (Judith Moskowitz). Laura A. King offered a keynote address on the durability of meaning in life. In addition to the excellent symposia, young scholars had the opportunity to present their work in 5-minute data blitz presentations or in our afternoon poster session. Jessie Sun received the best poster award for her research out of University of California, Davis on extraversion, perceived social contribution, and positive affect. Finally, many of the presenters and leading scholars hosted lunchtime topics for investigators to discuss common interests.

Overall, the pre-conference was a feast for the mind, bringing together scholars of similar interests with a variety of opportunities to share research and discuss ideas.

The International Positive Psychology advances the science and application of positive psychology through our support of basic research conferences such as the Happiness and Well-being Pre-Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention and others throughout the year.