The Effects of a Character Strength Focused Positive Psychology Course on Undergraduate Happiness and Well-Being

  title={The Effects of a Character Strength Focused Positive Psychology Course on Undergraduate Happiness and Well-Being},
  author={Bruce W. Smith and C. Graham Ford and Kelly Erickson and Anne Guzman},
  journal={Journal of Happiness Studies},
This study investigated the effects of a character strength focused positive psychology course on student well-being. The Values in Action character strengths were each presented as ways to increase both individual and community well-being. There were 112 undergraduate students in the positive psychology course and a comparison group of 176 undergraduates who took other psychology courses. They all completed the PERMA - Profiler (Butler and Kern in Int J Wellbeing 6:1–48, 2016) during the first… 

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