Registration & Check-In
9:15 - 10:30
James and Suzie Pawelski on how positive psychology can sustain positive relationships
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - Noon
Amie Gordon on gratitude: benefits, barriers, and strategies to cultivate it in relationships
Noon - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 - 2:15
Shauna Shapiro on mindfulness and compassion; how they can foster joy, vitality, and intimacy in relationships
2:15 - 2:30
The Pawelskis on putting it all into practice: applying and measuring couples’ strengths
For the past two decades, the field of positive psychology has been growing rapidly. Over that time, one of the key findings from positive psychology research has been: Other people matter. In fact, a pillar of positive psychology is that our close relationships with others are essential to human flourishing and happiness.
Romantic relationships in particular have an enormous influence on our well-being. Yet it is not always easy to maintain a long-term, healthy relationship.
In this lively and interactive day-long event, leading experts will explain how ground breaking research can help support happy and lasting relationships. The day will feature husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelskiand James Pawelski, who will summarize some of the key research findings highlighted in their recent book Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts—the first book on applying the principles of positive psychology to create thriving romantic relationships.
Specifically, they will discuss healthy habits that couples can cultivate to become happy together over the long term. Some of the evidence-based topics they will address include the importance of savoring shared experiences with one another, and how to identify, build, and appreciate our strengths and those of our partner. They will also introduce their Interaction Model of strengths they developed to help couples relate better to one another.
The day will also include presentations by other experts who will zero in on specific positive psychology skills and strengths. Shauna Shapiro, a world-renowned expert on the science and practice of mindfulness and compassion, will explain how those skills can help re-introduce joy, vitality, and intimacy into romantic relationships. Dr. Shapiro’s presentation will not only cover cutting-edge research on mindfulness and compassion but also offer concrete practices, based on that research, that couples can apply to re-invigorate their lives together.
Additionally, gratitude researcher Amie Gordonwillhighlight both the various ways in which gratitude helps support and sustain our most important relationships—and also the various barriers that make it more difficult to feel and express. Dr. Gordon will provide specific suggestions for how to overcome those barriers, along with evidence-based tips for cultivating more gratitude in relationships.
The day offers 5.5 CEs for psychologists, social workers-intermediate level, MFTs, counselors, nurses, teachers, and others—all levels. For more information, please see our "Continuing Education" tab.
*The day will provide invaluable tools to anyone working with couples in professional settings or who is focused on helping people strengthen their relationships in general; it will also be useful to couples who want to deepen their bond.