Current JobSenior lecturer in health psychology. Michelle, who I am working with on this Enquiry Zone, is currently studying for her PhD looking at resilience and wellbeing in young people.
What question could we try to answer together?:
What makes us happy?
Is what makes you happy different from what makes your siblings, parents, or teachers happy? What is the best way to find this out?
What do we already know about this area?:
We already know lots about what makes adults happy as individuals and as groups or communities. We know some things about what makes children and young people happy, but not enough. It may be that we are asking the questions in the wrong way. How should we be asking?
What do I need help with from students?:
It is a long time since I was at school and things have changed a lot since then.
My PhD student, Michelle, and I would like to work with you to come up with a new way to measure happiness and wellbeing in children and young people, and to find out what makes you happy. You know best what would interest you and what would work in your school.
Why you should vote for this project::
It will be great fun to find a new way to measure happiness, and to hear from you about what you think is important for happiness.
Wellbeing and happiness amongst children and young people is really important, because the better you feel within yourself, the better for everyone.
My Work: What makes us happy?
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
enthusiastic, friendly, interested
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Various people over the years, but initially our local youth worker when I was a teenager (Caroline). A few different people inspired me to go to university, but a couple of my university tutors sparked my enjoyment and enthusiasm for the subject and inspired me to follow a career in psychology! (Michelle)
What was your favourite subject at school?
Geography (Caroline) Sciences and physical and creative subjects (but mostly I enjoyed break time!) (Michelle)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No (Caroline) According to my teachers, I was a bit of a chatterbox in school and couldn't sit stil! But other than that, no (Michelle)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
U2 (Caroline). I love a lot of different genres of bands and arties, the Killers and Oasis for example. I enjoy going to concerts and gigs as much as I can (Michelle)
What's your favourite food?
Macaroni cheese (Caroline). Greek salad or most veggie Italian dishes (Michelle)