A scientific approach to finding greater meaning and satisfaction in life.
Human beings have been thinking about happiness for thousands of years, perhaps since the very beginning of human civilization. Yet, there is still no definitive agreement on what characterizes this state of well-being. Happiness may have no universal definition. It is conceived of differently in different cultures, but it is a universal feature of all cultures. Everyone—regardless of their age, culture, sexual or gender orientation, race, or any other category—desires happiness, even if they call it by another name.
The Science of Well-Being is the study of the interrelationships between all of the factors that lead to well-being, and the development of practical strategies for the cultivation of well-being in the world, a society, a community, and an individual. This means that if society is dysfunctional, an individual’s mental health and thereby their well-being will be adversely affected. To adequately approach the cultivation of well-being in individuals and society requires a systems-level approach that integrates views from multiple disciplines.
Over the last 15 years, we've developed an international research network. The Institute is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of accomplished physicians, psychiatrists, educators, psychologists, artists, and sociologists who research well-being and health promotion strategies within their respective fields.
Based on this research we develop evidence-based approaches and educational resources, which teach ways to foster healthy behavior, self-awareness, psychological resilience, and ultimately help people live healthier lifestyles
The Institute is led by one of America’s most distinguished psychiatrists, Dr. C. Robert Cloninger. In his book, Feeling Good: The Science of Well-Being, Dr. Cloninger elucidates many of the principles necessary for living a more fulfilled, satisfying, and resilient life.