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Wellbeing Seminars

A local community intervention that raises general adult population mental wellbeing and pro-sociality: the Action for Happiness 'Exploring What Matters' course

Christian Krekel (CEP, LSE)


Thursday 01 November 2018 13:00 - 14:00

SAL 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Sir Arthur Lewis Building, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH

About this event

Although correlates of mental wellbeing have been extensively studied, little is known about how to effectively raise mental wellbeing in local communities. We conduct a randomised controlled trial of the 'Exploring What Matters' course, a scalable social-psychological intervention aimed at raising general adult population mental wellbeing and pro-sociality. The course is run by volunteers in their local communities, and is currently conducted in more than nineteen countries around the world. We find that it has strong positive causal effects on participants' self-reported subjective wellbeing and pro-social behaviour while reducing measures of mental ill health. Impacts seem to be sustained two months post-treatment. There is some evidence that, for certain individuals, effects on self-reported outcomes are accompanied by positive changes in biomarker outcomes, in particular reduced levels of pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-6.


Participants are expected to adhere to the CEP Events Code of Conduct.


Directions

This event will take place in SAL 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Sir Arthur Lewis Building, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH.

The building is labelled SAL on the LSE campus map. You can also find us on Google Maps. For further information, go to contact us.

This series is part of the CEP's Community Wellbeing programme.