Released - April 5, 2010
Happiness expert to speak at EC commencement
An internationally renowned researcher in the field of well-being will give the commencement address at Eureka College May 8.
Edward Diener, a leading scientist in the field of positive psychology, will share tips on leading a successful and happy life with approximately 190 graduates at 10:30 a.m. in Rinker Outdoor Amphitheatre.
Diener has taught psychology at the University of Illinois for 35 years. He has studied subjective well-being, life satisfaction and positive emotions for more than 30 years and has published more than 200 works on the subjects. His research has included hundreds of thousands of people in more than 140 countries.
Diener’s book “Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth” was selected as 2008’s best book about psychology by the Association of American Publishers. His latest book, the 2010 “International Differences in Well-Being,” compares well-being across countries and cultures.
Diener is a senior scientist on the science advisory council at the Gallup public opinion polling and market research firm.
Diener formerly was president of the International Positive Psychology Association, the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He is the founding editor of the journal “Perspectives on Psychological Science” and formerly was the editor of the “Journal of Happiness Studies.”
Diener received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies and the Jack Block Award for distinguished contributions in personality psychology from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Diener received a doctorate in psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Eureka College will award him an honorary doctor of science degree during the commencement ceremony.
For more information about commencement, contact the Student Programs and Services office at (309) 467-6420.
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