Human Flourishing Program

The Human Flourishing Program was founded through a gift to Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science for the purpose of integrating knowledge from the empirical social sciences and the humanities on topics central to human flourishing such as virtue, purpose, marriage and family, religion, work, forgiveness, close social relationships, and the promotion of human well-being. Tyler VanderWeele serves as Director of the Program. More information is available on the Program’s website.


Selected Publications

Chen, Y. Kubzansky, L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Parental warmth and flourishing in mid-life. Social Science and Medicine, 220:65-72.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Is forgiveness a public health issue? American Journal of Public Health, 108:189-190.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). Religious communities and human flourishing. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26:476-481.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). Discussion of: New statistics for old? – measuring the wellbeing of the UK. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 180:38-39.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). On the promotion of human flourishing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., 31:8148-8156.