How and when do you (and your neighbor) flourish?
Own data collection: YES
According to Keyes, people flourish when they possess a high level of emotional well-being and a high level of social and psychological well-being. In total, people flourish when they score high on at least 6 of the 14 characteristics of well-being (e.g. happiness, social contribution, autonomy, purpose in life). This means that each person can flourish in a different manner. However, we do not know whether there are different “types” of flourishers and in what way they differ. Therefore, it is important to conduct qualitative and quantitative research to examine how and when people flourish. Each participant will recruit at least 15 participants who can read and write in English, Dutch or German. Participants will complete the mental well-being survey online and will receive writing instructions one week later. Participants are asked to wright about how and when they flourish (what do you feel, what do you do, what do you think and how do you function in relation to others and society). In addition, participants are asked to describe another person of which they believe is representative for a person who is flourishing. Similar questions are asked about the other person. One week later, a similar survey will be assessed online.
Who are we looking for?
Students who are interested in conducting qualitative research in combination with quantitative research and who are interested in conducting novel research. We also look for dedicated students who are curious and conscientious.
Dr. Marijke Schotanus-Dijkstra