Institute for Applied Positive Research
The Institute for Applied Positive Research (IAPR) works to bridge the gap between cutting-edge academic research in the field of positive psychology and best practices within corporate and community cultures around the world.

We provide research services to companies in order to raise employee engagement and success by:

  • Offering Metrics for evaluating engagement and employee performance
  • Identifying return on investment for different interventions and training programs
  • Providing long term support for ensuring that a company is running at optimal levels
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IAPR was founded by Michelle Gielan, partner of GoodThink and author of Broadcasting HappinessShe works with Fortune 500 companies and schools to raise employee engagement, productivity and happiness at work. Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from Forbes, USA Today, CNN, FOX and NPR.
Recent Results

Improvement in Job and Life Satisfaction

The Happiness Dividend

In the midst of the worst tax season in history, Shawn Achor did a three hour intervention describing how to reap the happiness advantage by creating a positive habit for 50% of the tax managers in NY and NJ at KPMG. Four months later, the optimism, life satisfaction and job satisfaction of these tax managers were retested, and were significantly elevated compared to the control group that received no training. These tax manager’s reported levels of happiness moved from 22 to 27 on a 35 point scale, a 24% improvement in job and life satisfaction. This is one of the first long term return on investment studies, proving that happiness leads to long term quantifiable positive change.

Higher Likelihood of Promotion

The Predictors of Success Assessment
(Social Support)

Based on the study Shawn Achor performed on 1600 Harvard students in 2007, he found that there was a 0.7 correlation between perceived social support and happiness. Following up on this data, researchers at the Institute developed three metrics, each 10 questions long, which are even more predictive than previous measures for work optimism, provision of social support, and positive stress management. Individuals high on provision of social support are 10 times more engaged at work, and have a 40% higher likelihood of promotion over the next four years.