Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 1141–1162 | Cite as

A Positive Psychology Intervention Program in a Culturally-Diverse University: Boosting Happiness and Reducing Fear

  • L. LambertEmail author
  • H.-A. Passmore
  • M. Joshanloo
Research Paper


While developing excellence in knowledge and skills, academic institutions have often overlooked their obligation to instill wellbeing. To address this, we introduced a 14-week positive psychology intervention (PPI) program (Happiness 101) to university students from 39 different nations studying in the United Arab Emirates (N = 159). Students were exposed to 18 different PPIs. Pre, post, and 3-month-post measures were taken assessing hedonic and eudaimonic well-being, and beliefs regarding the fear and fragility of happiness. At the end of the semester, relative to a control group (N = 108), participants exposed to the Happiness 101 program reported higher levels of both hedonic and eudaimonic well-being, and lower levels of fear of happiness and the belief that happiness is fragile. Boosts in life satisfaction and net-positive affect, and reduction of fear of happiness and the belief that happiness is fragile were maintained in the Happiness 101 group 3 months post-intervention.


Positive psychology Positive psychology interventions Culture Fear of happiness Fragility of happiness Wellbeing United Arab Emirates 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Canadian University DubaiDubaiUAE
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaKelownaCanada
  3. 3.Keimyung UniversityDaeguSouth Korea

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