New Paper – Demographic predictors of complete well-being

A new paper in BMC Public Health examines demographic differences in flourishing, defined as “complete well-being” and consisting of six domains: emotional health, physical health, purpose, character strengths, social connectedness, and financial security.  Authors Matthew T. Lee, Eileen McNeely, Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Karen A. Ryan, Kay D. Mooney, Richard G. Cowden and Tyler J. VanderWeele used a random, cross-sectional sample of 2363 survey respondents drawn from employees of a large, national,…

New Paper – Exploring depression and suffering

A new paper published in Frontiers in Psychology explores the distinctions between depression and suffering.  Authors Richard G. Cowden, Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Eileen McNeely and Tyler J. VanderWeele used a cross-sectional sample of flight attendants (n = 4,652), and tested for further empirical evidence distinguishing depression and suffering. Correlations with 15 indices covering several dimensions of well-being (i.e., physical health, emotional well-being, psychological well-being, character strengths, social well-being, financial/material well-being) indicated…

In the News – Being good for goodness’ sake — and your own

Dorota Węziak-Białowolska of SHINE and Harvard’s Human Flourishing Program was interviewed by the Harvard Gazette about our recent study exploring the role of character in physical and mental health.  The research team – Weziak-Bialowolska, Matthew T. Lee, Piotr Bialowolski, Ying Chen, Tyler J. VanderWeele and Eileen McNeely – found that acting with high moral character is associated with a lower risk of depression — and may have cardiovascular benefits as…

In the News – Integrity may be good for your health

The Harvard Gazette did a feature story focused on our recent study exploring the role of character in physical and mental health. The research team – Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Matthew T. Lee, Piotr Bialowolski, Ying Chen, Tyler J. VanderWeele and Eileen McNeely – found that acting with high moral character is associated with a lower risk of depression — and may have cardiovascular benefits as well. Read the Gazette article here.

New Paper – Prospective associations between strengths of moral character and health

A new paper published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology explores the role of character, reflected in adherence to high standards of moral behavior, in physical and mental health.  Authors Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Matthew T. Lee, Piotr Bialowolski,  Ying Chen, Tyler J. VanderWeele and Eileen McNeely used longitudinal observational data merged with medical insurance claims data collected from 1209 working adults of a large services organization in the US.   Self-reported physical…

Podcast – On using blockchain to measure worker well-being

In this podcast, SHINE’s Eileen McNeely, Levi Strauss Foundation’s Kimberly Almeida and Lexis Nexis’ Olga Mack discuss the results of a pilot study that used SHINE’s Well-being Survey on blockchain to securely and transparently measure worker well-being in Levi Strauss factories in Mexico and Poland.  They discuss how blockchain can increase trust in the workplace by bringing visibility to the experiences of workers. Watch the podcast here.

New Paper – A systems perspective on human flourishing within and across countries

A new paper in The Journal of Positive Psychology examines the dynamics of human flourishing through a systems perspective based on the relations between its constituents.  Using cross-sectional data from adults in 10 countries, this study explored the interrelatedness among constituents of flourishing – happiness & satisfaction with life, mental & physical health, meaning & purpose, character & virtue, close social relationships, and financial & material stability – within and…

New Paper – Social connectedness reduces risks of depression and anxiety

Researchers from SHINE and the Human Flourishing Program have published a new paper in the International Journal of Public Health examining the associations between social connectedness and mental health, based on a longitudinal survey and health insurance claims data. SHINE’s Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Piotr Bialowolski, and Eileen McNeely and Human Flourishing Program’s Matthew T. Lee, Ying Chen and Tyler J. VanderWeele found that better social connectedness was associated with lower risks…

SHINE Research Collaborator Levi Strauss & Co Publishes Worker Well-being Guidebook

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today published their updated Worker Well-being Guidebook which offers new approaches for brands and factory owners to identify locally relevant ways to improve worker well-being and performance. This refreshed strategy for improving the health and well-being of garment factory workers around the world is based in part on foundational research conducted by the SHINE team. Supported by the Levi Strauss Foundation, SHINE surveyed over 13,000…

Blockchain Law for Social Good Center spotlights SHINE work with Levi Strauss & Co.

Golden Gate University’s Blockchain Law for Social Good Center featured an article on the collaboration between SHINE, Levi Strauss & Co, New America and ConsenSys to develop a blockchain platform solution for measuring worker well-being in supply chain factories. LS&Co. is, of course, more famous for its jeans than its worker well-being programs. Yet the company’s innovative approach to sustainability goes beyond clothing. In 2019, the company joined with the…