Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the latest edition of SIPPA’s monthly newsletter! Going forward, you can expect to read engaging and informative content specific to students of positive psychology each month. In this newsletter, we have several exciting announcements to share.

First, it is with honor and enthusiasm that I introduce myself as SIPPA’s new President. SIPPA is an organization that’s very near and dear to my heart. I have been a member of SIPPA since 2015 and attended my first World Congress that same year. Needless to say, I found a community of people who share the same vision and purpose as I do. In 2016, I embarked on a new leadership journey as SIPPA’s Mentor Co-Chair and was able to facilitate an event at the Fifth World Congress with leading researchers and practitioners in the field of positive psychology. At this event, Kim Cameron hugged me and said, “Great job.” That was a highlight in my budding SIPPA career and solidified my appreciation of the authentic connection IPPA and SIPPA truly generate. My vision when initially joining the SIPPA leadership team continues to this day: to cultivate a program that is accessible to all and which promotes diversity and authenticity to local positive psychology communities.

It is my utmost pleasure to act as SIPPA’s President alongside our executive team leaders and regional representatives. Over the past year, SIPPA’s leadership team and regional representatives have been creating connections in a variety of ways, such as hosting a student event at the Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology and European Conference on Positive Psychology, boosting peer happiness through celebration of the International Day of Happiness in India, translating positive psychology books to create accessibility of knowledge, and building positive communities through the cultivation of a non-profit organization to foster personal well-being in Lebanon. Each month our team will be sharing their personal experiences with positive psychology through the Student Spotlight portion of the newsletter, and we invite you to share your work with colleagues through this newsletter too.

Additionally, each month our team will be sharing global positive psychology updates. These updates will include reviews of our favorite books in the field of positive psychology, regional representative updates on global positive psychology events, and applicable skills and strategies to boost student well-being. Check out the new additions to SIPPA’s newsletter below!

Thank you for tuning in to our exciting announcements! As always, if you have any questions or ideas that you would like to share with SIPPA, please do not hesitate to email me at We would love to hear from you!


“A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.”

– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


This Month’s Newsletter:

Volunteer Opportunities

Student Spotlight – Sierra Trudel

Learn It, Be It: Skills and Strategies for Students – Grounding through Senses

Positive Prose: SIPPA Book Club – The Hope Circuit by Martin Seligman

Where in the World: Updates from our Regional Representatives

Student Speaker Series



As always, If you have any questions or ideas that you would like to share with SIPPA, please do not hesitate to email Sierra at We would love to hear from you!

Sierra Trudel
President, Student Division
International Positive Psychology Association