Author: Dr. Lilian Jans-Beken

Dr. Lilian Jans-Beken is founder and ceo of the Thriving Human Science Center. She graduated in lifespan psychology, received a PhD in positive psychology, and she became an expert in gratitude and mental health. She is a scientific researcher who writes and talks about human thriving in general and gratitude specifically. In 2019, she wrote a book Een zoektocht naar dankbaarheid which is available through her personal website

Are we still grateful?

People are usually surprised when I tell them that I am an expert in gratitude. They spontaneously tell me about their own experiences with gratitude. They also often ask me: is there still gratitude in our society? Are people still grateful? Didn’t people become more selfish and individualistic? And I usually didn’t know what to answer. In this article I am looking for an answer to the question: are we still grateful?

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Second wave positive psychology

Second wave positive psychology or positive psychology 2.0 (PP 2.0). Occasionally this term appears in the literature. This branch of psychology builds on the relatively new positive psychology and combines it with every other branch of psychology that can contribute to its premises. PP 2.0 wants to get the best out of people and societies, despite and even because of the dark side of human existence.

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Call for abstracts!

UPDATE: Due to the new Corona virus crisis, dr. Lilian Jans-Beken will not attend the Meaning Conference Toronto 2020 in person.
From July 30 to August 2, the INPM will organize the Meaning Conference in Toronto, CA. This blog post is a call for papers for the symposium Existential gratitude as a pathway to human thriving, hosted by dr. Lilian Jans-Beken of the Thriving Human Science Center.

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