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Evening Lounge Lecture on studies on subjective Well-being and Happiness by Dr.Takashi Maeno (Visiting Professor)

Eikei University of Hiroshima will hold an "Evening Lounge" as part of its support for students' competency development and career guidance.

This time, we had an English lecture on "Well-being and Happiness" by Dr. Takashi Maeno, Professor, Graduate School of SDM, Keio University, one of Japan's leading researchers on well-being.

日時等

Wed, 2nd November 2022 5:10 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.

対象

EUH students participate in person,  others online

講演タイトル

Studies on Subjective Well-being and Happiness

講師

Dr. Takashi Maeno 

Professor, Graduate School of SDM, Keio University

What Research on Happiness Shows Us.
Dr. Maeno explains the definition of well-being
Dr. Maeno explains the definition of well-being
Dr. Maeno answers question about the Japanese character and happiness
Dr. Maeno answers question about the Japanese character and happiness

Dr. Maeno introduced himself as an engineer who wanted to contribute to developing the Japanese economy in resource-poor Japan and was involved in research on camera motors at CANON INC. And then, He explained the definition of "well-being," the relationship between happiness and productivity, and the benefits that happiness brings, etc., based on the results of various studies. He showed us interesting research results such as "the relationship between age and happiness draws a large U-curve" and "certain person’s ability to hold memories tend to be negatively correlated with positive affects."

One participating student asks a question about the well-being of the elderly
One participating student asks a question about the well-being of the elderly
Dr. Maeno answers students' questions after his lecture
Dr. Maeno answers students' questions after his lecture

The second half of the presentation summarized how to be happy. Research has shown that " positional goods," such as possessions, are less likely to lead to long-lasting happiness, while happiness with "non-positional goods" is more long-lasting. He said that happiness has four factors: 1, self-realization and growth (Let’s try factor) 2, Relationships and gratitude (Gratitude factor) 3, Optimism and positivity (You can do it factor) 4, Independence and identity (Be yourself factor).

In order to be happy, he gave some examples that were easy for the students to understand and encouraged them to " experience a lot of things and get advice from friends and others around you.

 

In the question-and-answer session, Japanese and international students asked many questions, such as "About the happiness of the elderly," "How can Japanese people be happy," "What do you think about the fact that good things are born because of the worrying Japanese," and "How do you measure happiness? "

It was impressive to see Dr. Maeno's gentle and positive attitude as he answered each question by saying, "That's a good question," or "You are right.

After the lecture, students gathered around Dr. Maeno and actively exchanged opinions.

Thank you very much for your valuable talk, Dr. Maeno.