Positive Institutions: Organizations, Laws, and Policies

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, 3rd Edition, Edited by C.R. Snyder, Shane J. Lopez, Lisa M. Edwards, and Susana C. Marques

41 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2016 Last revised: 16 Sep 2021

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Peter H. Huang

University of Colorado Law School

Anne Brafford

Claremont Colleges - Claremont Graduate University

Debra S. Austin

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Martha Knudson

Utah Bar Association

Date Written: February 20, 2016

Abstract

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

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. and Brafford, Anne and Austin, Debra S. and Knudson, Martha, Positive Institutions: Organizations, Laws, and Policies (February 20, 2016). The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, 3rd Edition, Edited by C.R. Snyder, Shane J. Lopez, Lisa M. Edwards, and Susana C. Marques, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2735616. or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2735616

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Anne Brafford

Claremont Colleges - Claremont Graduate University

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Debra S. Austin

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

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Martha Knudson

Utah Bar Association ( email )

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