Positive Institutions: Organizations, Laws, and Policies

41 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2016

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Peter H. Huang

University of Colorado Law School

Date Written: February 20, 2016

Abstract

We analyze how positive institutions in the form of organizations, laws, and policies can help foster human flourishing and thriving. We provide five examples of positive institutions to illustrate the important role that institutions can play in facilitating positive psychological outcomes by positively changing individual preferences and values. First, we analyze how to apply positive psychology to redesign law firm cultures to enable law firms’ attorneys, clients, and communities to flourish and thrive. Second, we investigate how to apply positive psychology to redesign law schools to empower law students, law professors, and other law school constituencies to flourish and thrive. Third, we demonstrate how to apply positive psychology to foster innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in individuals, organizations, and societies. Fourth, we identify some complexities, due to people’s cognitive and emotional tendencies, of utilizing subjective well-being measures in a wide range of domains to evaluate the impacts of laws and policies. Finally, we develop implications from positive psychology about how and what governments and others can do to support individuals, communities, and societies to flourish and thrive. Our overarching goal is to provoke thoughtful discussion about positive psychology’s role in developing institutions in the form of organizations, laws, and policies that help individuals, communities, and societies to flourish and thrive.

Keywords: Positive Institutions, Positive Law Firms, Positive Law Schools, Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Social Architecture, Policy Subjective Well-Being Measures, Positive Parentonomics, Mindfulness, Thinking Architecture, Learning Architecture, Thinking Games

JEL Classification: D81, D83, J24, J26, K00, K49,

Suggested Citation

Huang, Peter H., Positive Institutions: Organizations, Laws, and Policies (February 20, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2735616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2735616

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