From prestigious institutions around the world, our team of researchers works to discover if there are positive assets we can influence that will help us live healthier, longer lives. Projects include

The Positive Cardiovascular Project: Exploring the epidemiology of cardiovascular health and its relation to psychological factors, looking at changes in tobacco smoke exposure, healthy diet score, physical activity, BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose from childhood into adolescence and throughout adulthood. 

Physical Activity Project : Examining how positive health can increase physical activity levels. The obesity epidemic, identified by many as one of the biggest public health problems facing the world, is largely due to declining levels of occupational energy expenditure. This conclusion calls for a major refocusing of efforts to deal with the obesity epidemic. 

Measurement of Flourishing: Examining the association between well-being and physical health, and creating positive health measure for research.

Longitudinal Re-analysis Project: Re-analyzing existing longitudinal datasets to show that “positive” constructs predict health above-and-beyond the effects of convention risk factors for disease.

World Well Being Project: Pioneering techniques for measuring psychological and medical well-being based on language in social media.

Adolescent Positive Health Project: Assessing the links during adolescence between physical health and subjective well-being.

Positive Soldier Health Project: Using massive Army datasets, this project examines the influence of psychological assets on health outcomes and health care utilization in U.S. Army soldiers.



Project Leadership

Martin E.P. Seligman, PhD, founder of Positive Health, is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and the director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Also the founder of positive psychology and learned helplessness, Seligman is a world-renowned expert on depression, optimism, and pessimism. He is well-known in academic and clinical circles and is a best-selling author.