Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

8-1-2020

Abstract

Research has long shown the benefits of social connection for individual well-being. Positive Psychology offers several theories for fostering social connection and yet, throughout our lives we aren’t formally taught how to sustain connections, particularly our cherished friendships. Once you form a friendship, how do you make it last? In this paper, we examine friendship through existing literature and qualitative research leveraging exemplar methodology. Because a pursuit of well-being often includes a pursuit of friendship, we offer research-supported, real-world strategies for maintaining and strengthening friendships in adulthood.

Keywords

friendship, friendship maintenance, friendship strengthening, social connection, loneliness, positive psychology, well-being, belonging

Topic

Well-Being/Flourishing, Relationships

Format

Thesis

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Date Posted: 30 July 2020