Lisa Buksbaum, Soaringwords’ CEO & Founder, received her Masters in Applied Positive psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Her masters thesis, “Soaringwords Empirical Research to Measure the Well-Being of Hospitalized Children,” examines how Positive Psychology interventions can positively impact the well being of 220 pediatric patients and their loved ones. Findings suggest that these positive interventions should be part of pediatric healthcare to encourage patients to take active roles in their own healing and the healing of others.
Although the complete thesis can be found in the above link, some selected findings from the study are detailed below.
Soaringwords’ positive intervention study showed increased well being for patients age 8-21. Soaringwords’ hospital outreach programs are for children of all ages.
Soaringwords interventions measure changes in well-being as reflected in positive affect, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment in addition to self-reported health, hope, gratitude, strength and resilience, agency and reciprocity.
How do you feel right now?
“I feel excited”
“I feel bored”
Responses: Less than before the activity, about the same, more than before activity
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