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Positive Psychology
The science of happiness: achieving sustained psychological wellbeing
  1. David Bartram

    David Bartram graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1988 and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 16 years. He is leading an academic research initiative with the School of Medicine, University of Southampton, into mental health and wellbeing in the UK veterinary profession. He is a Samaritans volunteer.

  2. Ilona Boniwell

    Ilona Boniwell is both a practising and academic research psychologist. She is senior lecturer in positive psychology at the University of East London, where she developed the MSc in applied positive psychology. She founded the European Network of Positive Psychology, and is a cofounder of the Personal Well-Being Centre, which offers training to individuals and organisations.


WHILE a vast body of research has been dedicated to understanding problems and disorders of mental health, until the recent emergence of a new field of science, little was known about the positive aspects of life – the things that make life worth living. Positive psychology endeavours to understand how individuals and societies thrive and flourish, and how this new knowledge can be applied to foster happiness, health and fulfilment. Here, David Bartram and Ilona Boniwell discuss strategies for enhancing individual wellbeing, which it is hoped will temper some of the challenges and pressures facing veterinary professionals in their daily lives.

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