Bareec Wellbeing Program — Kuwait
Wellbeing is predictive of improved learning outcomes, better mental health, prosocial and civic behavior, higher work productivity, and enhanced life satisfaction. With Alnowair, a non-profit organization committed to increasing wellbeing in Kuwait, Dr. Louise Lambert developed a two-year positive psychology program with the intent to generate positive emotions and increase levels of flourishing in university and secondary school students. The resulting Bareec program consisted of 15-minute weekly instructions in positive psychology and positive psychology interventions. To test the program’s efficacy, Bareec was implemented in the national public university and 10 secondary schools. Greater levels of two types of flourishing were found compared to a control group not receiving the program. The results were published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Social Indicators Research.
Happiness 101 Project — United Arab Emirates
Dr. Louise developed and introduced a 14-week positive psychology intervention (PPI) program to university students from 39 different nations studying in the United Arab Emirates. Students were exposed to 18 different PPIs. Pre, post, and 3-month post measures were taken assessing hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing, and beliefs regarding the fear and fragility of happiness. After 14 weeks, relative to a control group, participants exposed to the Happiness program reported higher levels of hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing, and lower levels of fear of happiness and the belief that happiness is fragile. Boosts in life satisfaction and net-positive affect, and reduction of fear of happiness and the belief that happiness is fragile were maintained 3 months post-intervention. This work is an example of the effective implementation of positive psychology interventions in an educational context. The results were published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Journal of Happiness Studies.
Policy Design/Developing an Employee Code of Conduct — Dolphin Energy, United Arab Emirates
Aziz Mulay-Shah led an engagement to develop a code of conduct and comprehensive anti-corruption framework for Dolphin Energy based in Abu Dhabi. This framework forms the basis for all ethical and anti-corruption policies and procedures within the company and has resulted in Dolphin Energy being a leader in anti-corruption and accountability. The code of conduct was designed to provide a reporting mechanism for all employees to report on and prevent corruption practices. The code of conduct was also designed in a manner to empower employees to incorporate ethical best practices based on transparency and open communication.
Development of Private Sector Happiness and Wellbeing Framework and Certification Process in the UAE
GCA and Service Hero are creating a Happiness and Wellbeing policy framework for implementation by private sector entities. The framework provides an objective set of tools to analyze, rank, and then certify private sector companies so as to contribute to the overall Happiness and wellbeing objectives of the UAE. The theoretical framework supporting this certification process will be published by Springer (Dordrecht, Netherlands) in the region’s first positive psychology handbook this coming May, 2019.