The core of KMU’s Positive Psychology Center is based on humanity, and its main goal is to introduce Positive Psychology and its principles to the general public. It is evident that the individuals involved are passionate about the subject and all practice the principles in which they which to share with others. Additionally, the professionalism that the Positive Psychology Team wishes to project is in creating more effective workshops than the array of courses currently on the market, using scientific research to make a stronger impact.
There are currently three main focuses in this section of the Center:
1. Discussing relevant topics and creating questionnaires:
. The cultural context is taken into consideration, and then used to create or adjust the questionnaires accordingly, to look deeper into the constructs of Positive Psychology (Such as: happiness, gratitude, perseverance, etc.). Additionally, the findings from the questionnaires give an indication of how well the workshops are run as compared to the original goal.
2. Analyzing the effectiveness of the current curriculum:
In accordance to the scientific theory, a series of courses related to strengths were developed. Moreover, customized courses were also created when commissioned. (For example: The collaboration with the KMU Hospital Nursing Department, through customized questionnaires and tools, was able to accurately understand the mentality of the nurses, and the information was used to create the series of Positive Psychology courses for Nursing Departments.)
3. Conducting international research:
Through collaborations with scholars in Positive Psychology around the world, international research in conducted in hopes of understanding cross-cultural differences. (For instance: A study on gratitude was conducted with Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California—Riverside.)
Additionally, through monthly meetings and a regular book club, new papers and studies are shared among the individuals involved in the Center, motivating the members to continue searching for new materials to share with their peers.
The goal of the Positive Psychology is to use the methods mentioned above to integrate principles of Positive Psychology into the general public of Taiwan, creating a happier Taiwan.
List of Published Positive Psychology Center Research
Lu, Y. Y., Wu, H. Y., Chen, H. C., Lin, H. L., & Chang, Y. L. (in press). Spring in the Classroom: Positive of Situational Positive Discipline Strategies of Award Teacher. Bulletin of Educational Psychology.
Wang, W. H., & Jone, K. Y. (2015). Gratitude Interventions：A Meta-Analysis. The Journal of Kaohsiung Behavioral Sciences, 5, 75-113.
Lin, H. L., Wu, H. Y., Wu, C. L., Chiu, F. C., Chen, H. C., & Chen, H. J. (2015). Development and Validation of the Chinese-Version ＂Future Time Perspective Scale＂ for Elementary School Students in Taiwan. Psychological Testing, 66(2), 153-179.