Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Service Learning Projects

Document Type

Working Paper

Date of this Version

5-18-2018

Abstract

This community project aims to improve the well-being of those who live and work in Midland, Michigan by improving the quality of relationships in the community. We use the galvanizing framework of a campaign which focuses on creating high quality connections in the community for everyone and to end loneliness (Project Zero: Nobody with Nobody). Using a multi-phase implementation plan, this campaign begins with the creation of a wellbeing committee and three micro-interventions: goal mapping, a psychological safety exercise, and one-on-one discussions called “Local Cafes.” These interventions draw on the power of high quality connections and positive emotions to support sustainable and positive community change. Each intervention has a step-by-step guide included for ease of application. From these initial interventions, we recommend that World Café discussions be held in the community which would eventually inform an Appreciative Inquiry Summit with the entire community. We hope that this process can be used not only as template for Midland but for other communities around the world who want to enhance the quality of their relationships.

Keywords

positive psychology, community, well-being, high quality connections, broaden and build, goal mapping, psychological safety, world cafe

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Date Posted: 18 May 2018