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date: 15 December 2019

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This chapter synthesizes the research from positive psychology on fulfilled individuals and thriving communities with the research from higher education on student success and institutional effectiveness, in order to build a bridge from one discipline to the other. The construct of thriving, with its emphasis on vital engagement intellectually, socially, and emotionally in the college experience, provides an integrative view of student success and forms the foundation for applying principles from positive psychology in practical ways to the daily work of faculty, staff, and administrators. Key areas explored include: (a) strengths-based teaching and learning, (b) developing authentic student leaders, (c) promoting students’ psychological well-being, and (d) creating a sense of community on campus.

Keywords: higher education, thriving, authentic leadership, positive psychology, strengths, college students, sense of community

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