Harvard University recently announced plans to open a 'Center for Happiness' dedicated to the study of "positive psychological wellbeing." Since the release of the first World Happiness Report in 2012, researchers have been paying greater attention to the study of happiness. Now Harvard will be promoting such research by taking a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human fulfillment.
The new faculty will be called the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness since the Lee Kum Kee company is donating a significant amount of funding to the cause. The center will observe, analyze and promote positive aspects of socialization in order to help researchers understand how to best use our resources to help people live more fulfilling lives. As the co-director of the center Laura Kubzansky explains, "Medical and psychological practice and research have traditionally focused on the diseases and deficits that cause poor health. But there is real value in focusing on the positive side as well."
The opening of the Center for Happiness signals a growing interest in human happiness and the factors that contribute to fulfillment.