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RIA # 62: Dr. Ethan McMahan on Researching Happiness

Dr. Ethan McMahan

Dr. Ethan McMahan

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Ethan McMahan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Western Oregon University. His research interests focus on hedonic and eudaimonic approaches to well-being, folk conceptions of happiness, and the relationship between nature and human well-being. His recent work examines how exposure to immersive simulations of natural environments impacts concurrent emotional state and, more broadly, how regular contact with natural environments may be one route by which individuals achieve optimal feeling and functioning. He has published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, the Journal of Happiness Studies, Personality and Individual Differences, and Ecopsychology, among other publications. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Wyoming.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Measuring Happiness [00:00-18:21]

In this first segment, Ethan describes the instruments researchers use to measure happiness.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: How Can Researchers Be Happier? [18:21-33:23]

In segment two, Ethan shares strategies that researchers can use to be happier.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-5:03]: How Ethan Got Started as a Happiness Researcher

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