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Tools for Positive Computing

These tools (created by Dorian Peters & Rafael Calvo for the Positive Computing Lab) are free to use and share.  Please respect the Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.  
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Wellbeing Determinant Cards
Wellbeing determinants are factors that are known to increase wellbeing based on research (eg. autonomy, gratitude, compassion).  We suggest that those intending to design for wellbeing target determinants, rather than wellbeing generally which can be trickier to pin down.

This set of 6 determinant cards helps you get started by providing at-a-glance insights into 6 research-based factors, how they're defined, what theoretical models refer to them, and how they might be applied to everyday software. Use these for brainstorming, ideation or to add a new wellbeing lens through which to analyze your projects.

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  • Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1988). The flow experience and its significance for human psychology.
  • Gilbert, P. (2009). Introducing compassion-focused therapy. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 15(3), 199–208., J. L., Keltner, D., & Simon-Thomas, E. (2010). Compassion: An evolutionary analysis and empirical review. Psychological Bulletin, 136(3), 351.Huppert, F. A., & So, T. T. (2013). Flourishing across Europe: Application of a new conceptual framework for defining well-being. Social Indicators Research, 110(3), 837-861.
  • Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being. American psychologist, 55(1), 68.
  • Ryff, C. D. (1989). Happiness is everything, or is it? Explorations on the meaning of psychological well-being. Journal of personality and social psychology, 57(6), 1069.
  • Seligman, M. (2011). Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well- being. New York: Free Press.

    Happy Camper

    Looking for inspiration? Post this on the wall for a ready reminder of the core determinant factors of wellbeing (with definitions).  This pin-up includes Competence, Autonomy, Meaning, Positive emotions, Engagement and Relatedness in a little combo we like to call the "happy CAMPER".


    The Spheres (of Positive Computing)

    Reference Sheet

    When we talk about supporting wellbeing determinants it’s important to understand there are different spheres of experience that may be influenced. For example, a technology might be autonomy-supportive from the software interaction perspective but not in relation to the real-world activity it’s intended to support. This reference sheet can help keep team members on the same page in conversations to do with wellbeing support.

    Goal/Challenge Layers


    Every project has goals and challenges driven by different disciplinary teams. While user and stakeholder goals may be the focus of a UX team, the developers may be tackling various technical challenges. Work in positive computing will additionally have goals and challenges related to psychological wellbeing.  Use this worksheet to think about what kinds of wellbeing goals or challenges are relevant to your project.

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