Griffith aims to improve life satisfaction

Improving feelings of life satisfaction for people via the simple use of email is the focus of a new Griffith University study.

Louise Houlahan from the Griffith School of Applied Psychology will use an email-based coaching course to test the principles of Positive Psychology.

“Positive Psychology focuses on developing strengths, appreciating moments and improving life satisfaction for people who may not be feeling great, not coping or just want to get some help to feel better,” says Ms Houlahan who is studying for a Master of Organisational Psychology.

“Positive Psychology techniques have been found to help a variety of people, including those with depression and anxiety, students, the military and others.

“I am aiming to study the impacts of this psychology treatment method using an email based coaching course.

“Using email will enable us to target a large number of people, at minimum cost.”

A specific task set each week

Participants in the study will be enrolled for four weeks, with a specific task being set each week. The task will not take more than ten minutes to complete and it is expected that people will experience greater life satisfaction for the time that they are being coached.

“Participants will be asked to fill in a number of surveys, before the coaching, immediately afterwards and six weeks after the coaching has been completed.

“Participation is completely voluntary and people can withdraw at any time.”

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